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Barry Jenkins, Mike Mills and More Directors Share Favorite Scene From Their Recent Acclaimed Films – Watch

Jeff Nichols and Tom Ford also discuss "Loving" and "Nocturnal Animals."

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This award season features a handful of critically acclaimed films that have been written and directed by talented auteurs like Barry Jenkins, Tom Ford, Mike Mills and Jeff Nichols.

Each one of them, along with three additional directors (Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan and Andrea Arnold), were featured in T Magazine‘s “The Auteurs Changing Cinema” piece, highlighting their recent features.

Additionally, four separate videos were also shared with the article where Jenkins, Ford, Mills and Nichols discuss their favorite scene in their movie, why they decided to move forward with their projects and the difficulties that they faced.

READ MORE: ‘Moonlight’ Exclusive: Barry Jenkins’ Acclaimed Drama Is One Of The Year’s Essential Moviegoing Experiences

Jenkins is known for “Moonlight,” the story of a young man’s struggles, told across three defining chapters of his life, as he grapples with his sexuality and broken family. In the clip he talks about the scene that opens his film, which features drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali).

Fashion designer-turned director Ford debuted his second feature film “Nocturnal Animals” this year. Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, the psychological thriller is based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony and Susan,” and tells the story of Susan (Adams), a successful art gallery owner who receives a manuscript written by her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal) despite being out of contact with him for years. Ford dishes on his most difficult scene to write and shoot.

Nichols’ “Loving” is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. In the video he discusses how important it was for him to tell this story.

Mill’s “20th Century Women” stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig and chronicles the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. The director explains how the feature is a “love letter” to his mom, sisters and women in his life.

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