So, of course, Theron is the first to arrive at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, where we’re holding this year’s Newsweek Oscar Roundtable. She’s fighting off a cold and keeps saying she “sounds like a man.” If so, not any man I’ve ever met. By the time Fassbender blows in—the email was apparently a prank—George Clooney and Viola Davis and Tilda Swinton have already shown up, and the lovefest has begun. At many previous roundtables--Newsweek has been doing these since 1998—the talent was often meeting each other for the first time, but this year our lineup has a lot of shared history. George and Viola (sorry, but it was a first-name kind of day) are old pals; they worked together on Solaris a decade ago, and he lent her his Lake Como villa for her honeymoon. George and Tilda are good buddies, too, having bonded makingMichael Clayton and Burn After Reading. Charlize and Michael just spent months together shooting Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus at Pinewood Studios outside London.
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