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In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, which air Sunday Feb. 24, every news outlet has been busy interviewing the Oscar-nominated actresses. This amazing group of leading — and supporting — ladies have a lot of interesting things to say about women, film and their award-worthy roles. We’ve rounded up a list of the best quotes Oscar actresses have given since awards season mania began.

Jessica Chastain
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“Every time an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer. For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women… And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film.”
(Source: Jessica Chastain’s Facebook)

Emmanuelle Riva

“I’m sure you know, that roles for older women in cinema are not that numerous. And when you’re 84 years old? It’s not very often that you find a role that matches you. I felt that since I am really in the last stage of my life, this was a tremendous gift that was given to me.”
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Naomi Watts
65th Cannes Film Festival - Madagascar 3 Premiere

“I like complicated women. I like women with strength and contradictions…”
(Source: CBS News)

Amy Adams
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“I realized you can still be a human being and have flaws and still be in movies, and that your flaws are what make you beautiful… I just wanted to do a good job.”
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Sally Field

“They said, ‘Well, that’s foolish. You’ll never work, you’re not pretty enough, you’re not good enough,’ and I said, ‘You’re fired.’ Then my business manager said the same thing and I said, ‘You’re fired.’ I just fired everybody. Then I left my husband. You know, I was like, ‘Out, all of you.’ I couldn’t afford to have those voices near me that said, ‘You can’t do this, you’re not good enough,’ because I have too many voices inside of me that say that.”
(Source: ABC News)

Helen Hunt

“At some point you just go, ‘Whatever, it’s a body’… I think that’s what happened when I read this movie. I thought, ‘Which am I gonna choose — being part of this beautiful story? Or some path to misery about the shape of my body?’”
(Source: The View)

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