PEOPLE posed the question to several Oscar nominees as part of this year’s portfolio and video series saluting the great female performances of 2015.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) joked, “It’s like writing your own obit or something.”
Then she added she wanted “To have created characters that hit home that you recognize and understand somehow even if who they are and what they re going through is antithetical to your own life.”
Fellow Supporting Actress nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) said, “I would like to be remembered for kindness.”
Best Actress contender Brie Larson (Room) has high aspirations. “Well, my dream was always to have a stamp. I feel like people who have a stamp really did something,” she said.
“They really did some acts of service.”
Alicia Vikander, up for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, said, “That I was brave, that I dared to try new things. I think hopefully that will make it an interesting life to look back on. That you never really knew what turn I was going to take. I still love not knowing where I’m going to be in 10 years.”
2008 Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, whose performance in Steve Jobs earned her a supporting nod this year, said, “I would most like to be remembered as an actress who always played different roles. Who always tried something new. Who always pushed boundaries, challenged herself.”
And Charlotte Rampling, nominated for her first Academy Award for her work in 45 Years, added, “I will hope that I ve made people feel what I ve felt.”