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Favorite quotes from 2014

Oscar Best Actress Nominees

Los Angeles – In honor of the 86th Academy Awards Best Actress nominees for 2014, we highlight some of our favorite quotes from several talented women.

Amy Adams

(Photos by Ruben V. Nepales)

Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) on reinvention: “I think I definitely have struggled with reinvention, not only as an actress but also as a human being. There were several times where I had the sense that I was not doing it right, so I had to go back and look at the choices that led me to that point and sort of readjust my behavior. There was a time in my 20s where I was trying very hard to be what everybody else wanted me to be, or what I thought they wanted me to be. So I was putting too much weight on other people’s opinion. I was not being my authentic self. That kept me from finding happiness in relationships and finding my niche in Hollywood.”



Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) on awards, the red carpet and the press: “Look, when you are proud of something you have done and you have made a film that (you) feel has merit, it has found an audience and it is critically well-received, that’s a pretty pleasurable place to be. You do not want that stuff to end up gathering dust at the bottom of someone’s DVD collection. So it is a joy… I am enjoying it immensely. Probably disproportionately and indecently so. But my identity, it is a very fluid thing. I tend to look out, rather than in, how your actions affect other people, your job as an actor. It has to be a compassionate, generous thing. So it does keep you passionately engaged in other people’s experience.”

Sandra BullockSandra Bullock (“Gravity”) on her personal space: “Yeah, my personal space changes significantly when you have a child because as much as I used to like being alone and isolated, now I have a child and everything is about exploration and being around other kids, being out in the world and seeing things. So now, my realm of comfort has gotten very large because I see it through my son’s eyes and I have not gone out, explored, and done things ever like I have in the last three years.”


Judi Dench

Judi Dench (“Philomena”) on where she finds strength in difficult times: “My family is not Quakers but I am a Quaker. I went to a Quaker boarding school and within about six months of going to a Quaker meeting, I just knew that was for me. I have been a Quaker ever since. I do not talk about it but it affords me enormous strength. I would like to think that I would behave like Philomena in that circumstance but I know I would not.”


Meryl StreepMeryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) on doing a movie about mothers and daughters: “I really was not eager to do this part and the reason I did it was I have a very dear friend who said to me, ‘Meryl, you had a great mother. She gave you your appetite for experience, your curiosity, your sense of humor.’ She said, ‘Your mother sang in the kitchen and mine hit me. Your mother made you feel you could do anything, mine made me feel I couldn’t do anything.’ She said, ‘You have to do this movie for me and for all the girls like me who had bad mothers, who made it in spite of that, who got out, or for the ones who didn’t and to let them know it’s okay. Because when you’re a young actor you think, ‘Oh yeah, it will be so cool to imagine having cancer, what it’s like to be close to death. Then your family hates you’ and blah blah blah. I really want to take that all on.

“When you are older and things happen to you, you bleed more easily and it costs more to go into that territory. You just do not want to but I thought, I am going to do that for her because it made sense to me. Then once I said yes, and this cast was assembled, and it is a really gorgeous ensemble. Then I thought it is worth risking everything to go to a territory where you will be loathed…”