This year's female Oscar nominees dish on what movies make them shed a tear every time

By Jodi Guglielmi
February 08, 2017 12:21 PM
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From Moonlight and Lion to Manchester By the Sea, this year’s crop of Oscar films is sure to make you shed a tear.

But what movies can make even an Oscar nominee cry? Turns out, almost all of them. This week, the female nominees sat down with PEOPLE for an exclusive photo portfolio and video interviews. They dished on which films give them the feels while participating in The Cagle Exercise withPEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle.

“This is tough ’cause there’s a lot,” said Nicole Kidman.

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Both Naomie Harris and Emma Stone agreed, with the La La Land actress admitting that “most movies make me cry at least once.”

Classics such as The Way We Were, Shindler’s List and The Color Purple all made the list for Kidman, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, respectively.

To see the exclusive photo portfolio by Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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“It could be The Bodyguard or Requiem for a Dream,” said Ruth Negga. “I actually couldn’t stop crying for about two days.”

Michelle Williams simply said “anything animated” can make her shed a tear.

And she isn’t alone. Stone revealed that The Lion King used to make her “really upset” when she watched it as a kid.

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“Great movie, but really upsetting,” she said.

The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.