For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with Naomi Watts, nominated for Best Actress for the role of Maria Belon in The Impossible.
Performance: Maria Belon in The Impossible (Oscar nomination, Best Actress)
“She was so expressive and so detailed in everything she went through,” says Watts of Maria Belon, a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. “And everything she did go through is, blow by blow, what’s up there on the screen.”
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