The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT

By Jodi Guglielmi
February 22, 2018 10:08 AM
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From Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, this year’s crop of Oscar films are sure to make you shed a tear.

But what movies can make even an Oscar nominee cry? Turns out, almost all of them. A number of female nominees sat down with PEOPLE for an exclusive photo portfolio and video interviews, where they dished on which films give them the feels.

E.T., that will get me every time,” said Sally Hawkins.

But while Octavia Spencer said E.T. evoked a variety of emotions from her, she admitted she usually had a different reaction to the classic film.

“It makes me heart chuckle,” she said.

Octavia Spencer
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Phantom Thread‘s Lesley Manville said Cinema Paradiso made her list for sentimental reasons.

“The movie that always makes me cry is cinema par. It’s a beautiful film about life and love,” she said. “It has a beautiful performance by a little boy and when it came out my son was roughly the little boy’s age so it just pulled at my heartstrings in a way that no other film has.”

Sally Hawkins
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As for the films the stars could watch over and over again, Spencer said she looks for movies that “run the gambit of emotions.”

Mary J. Blige, however, said she can’t resist a screening of Gladiator.

“No matter how hard they try to take away what’s destined to be his, they couldn’t stop him,” she said of the film.

The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.