In The Hollywood Reporters’ 2012 Directors Oscars roundtable Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Tom Hooper, Gus Van Sant and Ang Lee discuss their craft, working with actors, and quitting while you’re ahead in an insightful, uncut hour long interview.

From Tom Hooper’s anecdote about directing his brother in a movie at the age of 14, or Ben Affleck comparing his experience as an actor to a director, the hour-long interview is never short on intriguing conversation and questions. This is simply a must watch for any fan of the craft of movie-making, take a look below:

These interviews are really something special come awards season, as these directors can give insight into the craft of filmmaking unlike any others, not to mention the humorous, intriguing anecdotes along the way. You can also take a look at THR’s Actors roundtable and their Actresses roundtable if you missed those and can’t get enough.

To recap: Ben Affleck directed the fantastic thriller Argo, based on the Iranian hostage crisis; Quentin Tarantino directed Django Unchained, which he has still yet to complete; David O. Russell directed the stunning dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; Tom Hooper directed the adaptation of Les Miserables, which is attracting tons of Best Picture buzz; Gus Van Sant directed Promised Land, the anti-fracking movie written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski; Ang Lee directed the gorgeous 3D adaptation of Life of Pi.

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