Three of Hollywood's brightest stars sit down for in-depth interviews with Barbara Walters in The Barbara Walters Special, airing on ABC on the evening of the Academy Awards, Sunday, March 23. (The special precedes the Academy Awards on the East Coast at 7 p.m. ET, and immediately follows the Academy Awards on the West Coast.)
Nicolas Cage, Renée Zellweger and Julianne Moore graciously opened up their homes for their interviews with Walters, and all share their unique perspectives on Hollywood.
For a man who chose a career that keeps him in the public eye, Cage has tried to keep his private life just that. He has shied away from questions about his personal life since his divorce from Patricia Arquette back in 2000. Walters penetrates Cage's veneer, and he talks about his tumultuous romance with Lisa Marie Presley and their short-lived marriage, which ended in December 2001, after just 108 days.
Cage, who won a best actor Oscar for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), is up for another best actor trophy. In Adaptation, he plays Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter addled by self-loathing and resentment toward his cocky and carefree twin brother, Donald.
Zellweger sat in the nominee circle last year for her leading role in Bridget Jones's Diary. This year she's in the running for a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the scheming Roxie Hart in the film adaptation of Bob Fosse's stage musical Chicago.
Zellweger, an Austin, Texas, native who transformed herself into a frumpy Brit in Bridget Jones, pulls off another metamorphosis in Chicago, recreating herself as a sexy chanteuse hoping to steal the spotlight from vampy Velma Kelly (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones). Zellweger talks with Walters about her personal triumphs and her extraordinary rise to Hollywood's top tier.
Julianne Moore is in the running for two statuettes. She is nominated for best actress for her portrayal in Far From Heaven of a 1950s Connecticut housewife who develops a close relationship with her African-American gardener as her marriage to an advertising executive (played by Dennis Quaid) crumbles. Moore is also up for a best supporting actress award for her role as another unhappy 1950s housewife The Hours.
She has been nominated twice before — for best supporting actress in 1997's Boogie Nights and best actress for The End of the Affair (1999). Moore talks with Walters about her career and her personal life with director Bart Freundlich.