The Hollywood Reporter looks at the awards seasons through the eyes of the nominees. Oscar and Emmy nominees discuss their experiences and process with each other during round-table discussions that include the actors, actresses and producers whose work has been noticed by the academies.
The directors of this year's most acclaimed films, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), Oliver Stone (Snowden), Denzel Washington (Fences), talk about the filmmaking process.
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) and Dev Patel (Lion) discuss how they go about researching roles, being typecast and what it's like working with celebrated directors.
Amy Adams (Arrival), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Natalie Portman (Jackie) and Emma Stone (La La Land) talk about what inspired them to go into acting, having stage fright and what it's like working with Hollywood's best directors.
Darren Aronofsky (Jackie), Todd Black (Fences), Matt Damon (Manchester by the Sea), Frank Marshall (Sully), Marc Platt (La La Land) and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Silence) talk about the challenges they have faced during production, developing scripts, making decisions on the fly and what it takes to be a successful producer.
Pedro Almodovar (Julieta), Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Noah Oppenheim (Jackie), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures), and Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) talk about what principles guide their writing, how to escape writer's block and dream projects that they have yet to tackle.
Six documentary filmmakers sit down for a discussion about when to intercede in a scene, how much brutality to reveal on screen and other key issues in the doc world. Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), Werner Herzog (Into the Inferno, Lo and Behold), Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson), Josh Kriegman (Weiner), Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro), and Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated) talk about how they got into filmmaking and what draws them to commit to a specific story.
Songwriters Tori Amos, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Sting, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams reveal their process and how to emotionally connect songs to movies.