Luc Dardenne

The moments that might win them an Oscar

The moments that might win them an Oscar

Actors receive Academy Awards for great performances, not scenes; at least, that's the party line. But the fact is that in any great acting performance there is a small gem that outshines the rest, one in which a character takes on another dimension and transcends the material. That moment, which can be subtle, grand, underplayed or outsized, is something rare and special, something worthy of an Oscar. Here, producers, directors and writers tell us what they think was that special moment for the nominees for lead actress and actor.

Click on a name to jump directly to a specific nominee's performance or scroll through the list and watch them all.

Lead actress...