By TIME Photo Department
February 7, 2013

Naomi Watts
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.”

The Performers Speak:


Amy Adams

Sally Field

John Hawkes

Quvenzhané Wallis

Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman

Christoph Waltz

John Goodman

Naomi Watts

Jessica Chastain

See a Compilation of Highlights from the 2013 Great Performers

More Portraits of the 2013 Great Performers by Paola Kudacki

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