Check out roundtable discussions with 2011’s best

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Every year The Hollywood Reporter does something awesome. First they get all the actresses with buzz worthy performances together to sit down and have a talk. Then they somehow manage to get all the buzz worthy actors together to do the same. As if that wasn’t enough they then get all the buzz worthy directors together. Oh, and then just because they can they get all the notable screenwriters of the year together too. The outcome is three of the most interesting discussions on the films of the year that you’ll watch all year.

Above is the hour long talk that George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Gary Oldman, Christoph Waltz, Albert Brooks and Nick Nolte had together. Then below you’ll see Alexander Payne, Mike Mills, Steve McQueen, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller and Michel Hazanavicius talk their movies; Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillan (Moneyball), Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In), Dustin Lance Black (J. Edgar), Oren Moverman (Rampart) and Eric Roth (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) talk screenplays; and Glenn Close, Charlize Theron, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer discuss their roles.

My only questions is why all the directors get uncomfortable chairs when everyone else gets plush couches to sit on.

Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.