While we’ve had clearly delineated discussions in the form of  talks with directorsactorsactresses (times 3), producersscreenwriterscinematographersbreakthrough talentscasting directorsdocumentary helmers and composers, today brings and extensive talk between a grab bag of thespians, thanks to Los Angeles Times’ Envelope Screening Series.

Moderated by John Horn, he gathers Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Harrison Ford (42, Ender’s Game), as well as 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o. They discuss how/if they know a project will eventually be a success, what attracts them to their characters, and much, much more. Check out the full conversation below.

Which of performances from the actors above did you enjoy most this year?

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