By Dana Harris | Indiewire December 6, 2013 at 1:59PM
It's Awards Season, that time of the year where we celebrate the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.
But Indiewire doesn't love movies because they win awards; we love it when movies we love enter the race. So we're celebrating some of the best work we've seen this year with our first-ever Awards Season Spotlight, starting Monday, December 9.
Our editors have selected 16 of this year's best actors and directors -- from features and documentaries, indie underdogs and studio gems -- and we're honoring them with original photography by Daniel Bergeron and video shot by our partners at Movies On Demand.
Accompanying each of these profiles are essays from Indiewire editors as well as quotes from some of the people who supported each subject's work. We'll be rolling them out twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, for the next eight weeks, along with a video on Fridays that presents some of the best behind-the-scenes footage we obtained over the last three months at our shoots in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
This list is wildly incomplete, of course. There's no way that 16 selections could sum up a year in great movies -- and this one was especially rich. Think of this as a good place to start.