Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
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Awards Spotlight Winter 2021

With Anne Thompson


This Academy Awards season, IndieWire is keeping with tradition in presenting our annual Awards Spotlight series beginning this month. The video series is presented by Amazon Studios.

IndieWire Editor-at-Large and awards analyst Anne Thompson spoke with a fantastic range of the year’s best talent — with editing by IndieWire Creative Producer Leo Garcia — to discuss their work on the top film contenders of 2020.

From Academy Award winner George Clooney, back in the mix with “The Midnight Sky,” to Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal,” Anya Taylor-Joy in “Emma,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and Regina King for directing “One Night in Miami,” and more, IndieWire unveils 15 exclusive interviews starting in February with awards contenders as Oscar voting gets underway. The full list of IndieWire Winter Awards Spotlight participants follows.

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“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

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Emerald Fennell, Carey Mulligan and Bo BurnhamIndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox, Day 3, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA - 26 Jan 2020
Emerald Fennell, Carey Mulligan, and Bo Burnham at IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox
‘What kind of movie is this?’ said Duplass. Watch Fennell, Catherine Hardwicke, and Angela Robinson break it down.
Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
“Another Round”
Watch this exclusive roundtable of three beloved indie filmmakers talking with Thomas Vinterberg about what makes his latest film so unique.
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“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”
Baron Cohen said the comedy hinged on the 2020 election. “It was a call to action. The character with the most influence was Borat.”
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Anthony Hopkins and director Florian Zeller on the set of “The Father”
He recalled a childhood moment in Wales when he was five years old, on a Sunday afternoon, when a friend told him “we all die.”
Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
“Da 5 Bloods”
“Da 5 Bloods” opened back in June. But it’s still in the Oscar conversation: Lindo and Lee explain why.
Steven Yeun in "Minari"
Steven Yeun in “Minari”
Yeun’s own father emigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of land. His son has followed his own idiosyncratic beat.
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
Daniel Kaluuya is a serious Oscar contender for his electrifying portrayal of the Black Panthers chairman.
Did anyone expect her to be this brilliant as the boozy Marion Davies? Maybe not — but after Fincher, this actress can do anything.
Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
The first-time actor demonstrated a natural ability that aligned perfectly with her director, Eliza Hittman.
Anya Taylor-Joy stars as "Emma Woodhouse"  in director Autumn de Wilde's EMMA., a Focus Features release.  Credit : Focus Features
Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA., a Focus Features release. Credit : Focus Features
The director sent her star “the most beautiful book” she had ever seen, upon first meeting. “It’s the best first date I ever had.”
PIECES OF A WOMAN: Vanessa Kirby as Martha
“Pieces of a Woman”
“It’s so important to put messy women on the screen, not movie versions of women,” said Kirby, who could land a Best Actress Oscar nod.
“The Trial of Chicago 7”
“If I’m not held in contempt of movie court,” said Strong, “then I am not doing my job.”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won Best Original Score for Soul at the 93rd Academy Awards
From its 40ish Black musician protagonist (Jamie Foxx) to a rebellious lost soul (Tina Fey), the existential animated feature departs from convention.
Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
“The Life Ahead”
She won her first Oscar for 1962’s “Two Women” — now, she’s going for another in this touching drama directed by her son.
Awards Spotlight Winter 2021
Regina King directs Kingsley Ben-Adir in “One Night in Miami.”
She’s been preparing to direct a feature for years. Though taking inspiration from Wong Kar-wai and others, her film is uniquely her own.
Kate Winslet in "Ammonite"
Kate Winslet in “Ammonite”
Kate Winslet takes chances every time she shows up for a role, and here she talks her latest in Francis Lee’s period romance.
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“Sound of Metal”
Adding the physicality of drumming and sign language to Ahmed’s expressive abilities enriched him as an actor and a human being, he said.
I'm Your Woman
“I’m Your Woman”
The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star leads her first feature and helps tell a story usually never seen onscreen.
"The Midnight Sky"
“The Midnight Sky”
The beloved actor’s Netflix hit is a rare movie of scale and scope in this year’s Oscar race.
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