Following their roundtables with writers and studio executive, the latest THR roundtable focuses on the actresses in contention this awards season. While Jessica Chastain, Rosamund Pike and Marion Cotillard unfortunately didn’t make it, the conversation includes Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Hilary Swank (The Homesman).

In the discussion, Arquette opens up about an intriuging deleted scene from Boyhood, saying, “There’s one beautiful scene that I hope someday makes it somewhere. It’s a scene where I’m sitting with Ellar [Coltrane], and we’re talking about his grandfather dying and our connection to people who have died. But other than that little scene, nothing else was cut out. We had such a small budget; we only had $200,000 a year.” The discussion also touches on why Witherspoon, as a producer on Gone Girl, decided not to act in it, their bravest and most embarrassing moments at work, and much more. Check out the full talk below.

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