Watch Actors and Writers Lovingly Compliment Each Other in These Oscar Round Tables

If you enjoy watching movie stars sit around tables and say nice things to each other (and talk about the craft of acting), you’ll love The Hollywood Reporter’s yearly round tables. It’s actually nice to see the actresses THR has deemed most Oscar-relevant subtly refer to their real-life friendships. Mostly, everyone just adores Laura Dern.

The actors’ round table is less adoring, although Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne bond over playing British geniuses. And Michael Keaton reassures Channing Tatum that it’s okay that he didn’t go to college. Lesson learned: Don’t go to college if you don’t want to go to college and there’s a good chance you’ll be a very successful actor.

A writers’ round table featuring Top Five’s Chris Rock, Chef’s Jon Favreau, and Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn goes deep on imagining what might happen if someone tried to make Rocky today (it would be hard!), how tricky writing “likability” can be, and the best writer’s advice they ever got. Rock’s? “Eat with the crew.”

Watch THR’s 2015 Oscar Round Tables