"I'm expecting to win," she says. "I feel like I've come too far in my life not to win. I don't believe that's my fate."
Roberts says "Trouble the Water" has permanently changed her vision of herself. "Growing up in New Orleans, living in poverty, I didn't really have the chance to see the beautiful, talented, wonderful person I am until I saw myself on the big screen in that movie for the first time," she says. "If you're just trying to survive, trying to put bread on the table, you're not mindful of who you are."
Petit is more nonchalant about "Man on Wire" being named to the shortlist, not surprising for a man who, in 1974, spent 45 minutes balanced on a cable strung between New York's Twin Towers. "I wish the work a big success," he says, "but I am not crossing my fingers. I will be happy if it wins but I'm not living, trembling every day, looking at news and saying, 'Are we winning? Are we losing?' "
Adams is a freelance writer.
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