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personally chose Jennifer Hudson to play her in Respect. And Hudson will be

GLOBAL We’re back! Deadline Contenders Film: Los Angeles returns to the stage with a talent-packed real-life and virtual hybrid event BY P E T E H A M M O N D

here to talk about her experience. Partly torn from real-life, and partly fictionalized, are a group of coming-ofage movies close to the hearts of their filmmakers. Top of the list here has to be Kenneth Branagh’s own cinematic memoir Belfast, which comes right from his own memories of growing up in Northern Ireland at the start of the The Troubles in 1969. He will tell us why now, 50 years later, was finally the time

Welcome to Deadline Contenders Film:

motion picture business, I think you’ll

to tell this story. Then there’s George

Los Angeles. And welcome back to live

find things are certainly looking up

Clooney, who puts on his directorial hat

and in person, or shall we say, a hybrid

judging by the quality and quantity

to bring us another memoir, the story

of live and virtual and streaming and all

of content showcased at this event.

of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist J. R.

those good things. Let’s just say this is

A banner group of films of all stripes,

Moehringer’s formative years growing

Contenders 2.0.

accompanied by a stellar lineup of

up in New York. Ben Affleck and the two

talent sitting on our Q&A panels, is the

young stars who share the role of J.R.

of course forced to do our signature

hallmark of what we are offering. From

will be here to tell us all about it. Also

Contenders event virtually last year.

indie to animation, comedy to drama,

on display will be the much-awaited

It was wildly successful however,

to large scale epic studio movies, we’ve

latest from multi-Oscar nominated

and we have actually repeated that

got it all.

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza,

Because of the pandemic we were

format in various ways for the past

Among the films explored at

which focuses on the early years of producer Gary Goetzman in LA.

two Emmy seasons. But now, following

Contenders, several are drawn from

our successful return to an in-person

real life—always a ripe target for awards

format last month at our Contenders

voters. Join us as we explore the origin

ups on the latest works from Oscar-

Film: London event, we’re coming back

story of Venus and Serena Williams

winning and nominated filmmaking

to the real-life stage in LA at last.

as filtered through the efforts of their

legends like Pedro Almodóvar, Jane

father (played magnificently by Will

Campion, Denis Villeneuve, Asghar

decade of these film season must-

Smith) to breed a pair of tennis legends

Farhadi and Adam McKay. Plus, we’ll be

see Contenders events, you know

in King Richard. We will also highlight

highlighting the directorial film debuts

what it is like to be right there at the

Aaron Sorkin’s unique take on the

of some well-known names like Lin-

DGA Theatre seeing our panels live

compelling drama behind the scenes

Manuel Miranda and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

and in person. But really, the COVID

of the iconic TV series I Love Lucy, as

And animation will prove it is alive and

workarounds we developed have

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play

thriving as we welcome the filmmakers

taught us so much. We can have the

the real-life Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

of Sing 2, Spirit Untamed, and The Boss

best of both worlds if we combine the

in a way you’ve never seen before. And

Baby: Family Business.

in-person experience with streaming a

speaking of seeing new and surprising

virtual presentation. Those who want

sides of families, Lady Gaga, Jared

films represented in all, and if there is

to take part in what has become one-

Leto, and Ridley Scott take us inside

one theme you might expect to hear

stop shopping for Academy and key

the House of Gucci, while Pablo Larraín

a lot about, it will be how all these

guild voters, but can’t be in LA, still get

and Kristen Stewart show us a Princess

acclaimed films actually got made,

to see it all.

Diana never before seen on film, with

edited, and released all in the midst of

the imagined biopic Spencer. Then

a pandemic. It seems these filmmakers

have certainly been challenging

of course, another real-life subject is

are unstoppable. And we can’t wait to

for the industry, and especially the

the legendary Aretha Franklin, who

show you what they’ve been up to. ★

For those who attended the first

Although the past 19 months

And that’s not all. We’ll have close-

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moderators The Deadline staffers who’ll be guiding you through this year’s Contenders YOUR EMCEE JOE UTICHI EXECUTIVE AWARDS EDITOR

Joe oversees Deadline’s awards coverage, including its dedicated print magazine for the Oscar and Emmy seasons, AwardsLine. He also edits Deadline’s special “Disruptors” edition for the Cannes Film Festival and serves as the emcee for its Contenders events. He has been aboard since 2012. Prior to joining, his work regularly appeared in his native UK—for outlets including The Sunday Times and The Guardian—and around the world. He has also worked extensively in film and television, producing EPK and production notes and working as a unit publicist. He is a member of BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the BAFTA Film Awards.

YOUR MO DERATO RS

PETE HAMMOND AWARDS COLUMNIST/ CHIEF FILM CRITIC

ANTONIA BLYTH SENIOR AWARDS EDITOR, AWARDSLINE

Mike joined Deadline in 2010 after

Pete, widely considered to be one of

and AwardsLine’s print magazines

working at Variety for 20 years as a

the pre-eminent awards analysts for

since 2014. A native Brit based in LA,

reporter, writer and columnist. He

both film and television, has for the

prior to joining she covered West Coast

was not only nationally recognized

past eleven years been Deadline’s

entertainment for ELLE.com, and her

as Variety’s premiere film reporter

Awards Columnist covering what

work has been featured in The Guardian,

but also for his “Dish” and “The

is seemingly now the year-round

UK Marie Claire and InStyle. She has

Buzz” columns. Mike is known for

Oscar and Emmy seasons. He is

written a New York Times bestselling

his industry relationships and his

also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic,

non-fiction book and regularly appears

ability to break news wherever it

having previously reviewed films

on French television network TF1 as an

happens, including on the ground

for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine,

entertainment expert.

at festivals like Sundance, Cannes

Backstage, Hollywood.com and

and Toronto. He also is an author:

Maxim, as well as Leonard Maltin’s

Doubleday published his book

Movie Guide for which he was a

about The Three Stooges, From

contributing editor. In addition to

Valerie joined Deadline in September

Amalgamated Morons to American

writing, Pete is also host of both

2021 from Gizmodo’s genre news site

Icons, which ABC turned into a

the KCET Cinema Series and the

io9 and a freelance writing career

telepic executive produced by

weekly KCET television series, Must

that includes bylines at Variety, The

Mel Gibson. One of Mike’s early

See Movies. He previously held

Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Conde

jobs in journalism was editor of

producing positions at Entertainment

Nast, Harper’s Bazaar and many

the well-known Media Industry

Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, The

others. A writer of graphic novels and

Newsletter (MIN). He then joined

Arsenio Hall Show, The Martin Short

screenplays and a lover of all things

New York Newsday as a columnist,

Show and AMC Networks and is the

film, she is part of Deadline’s reviews

reviewer and entertainment writer.

recipient of five Emmy nominations

team and is co-host of Deadline’s

During his career, he has written

for writing. Pete is only the second

New Hollywood podcast, where she

for numerous magazines including

journalist to have received the

will continue to amplify voices from

Playboy, Details, TV Guide and

Publicists Guild of America’s Press

marginalized communities. She is based

Esquire.

Award twice, in 1996 and 2013.

in New York.

MIKE FLEMING CO- EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FILM

Antonia has contributed to Deadline

VALERIE COMPLEX ASSOCIATE EDITOR/FILM WRITER


an intern before being upped to editorial assistant in 2009, and joining the film team in 2010. Before Variety, Kroll worked as a freelancer for Reuters in Los Angeles. He’s a graduate of Michigan State University. TODD MCCARTHY FILM CRITIC & COLUMNIST Todd is a veteran trade publication film critic, columnist and reporter who has also written several acclaimed books and documentary films. He served two stints on the staffs of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and extensively covered film festivals internationally for both publications. His film Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography won the ROSY CORDERO SENIOR TV REPORTER

publication AwardsLine, Anthony cov-

best documentary prizes from the New

ered the box office beat for Indiewire’s

York Film Critics and National Society

Rosy joined Deadline in July 2021 as Senior

Thompson on Hollywood. He also co-

of Film Critics associations and he won

TV Reporter, where she will cover the

produced Matt Walsh’s film A Better You.

an Emmy for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an

small-screen industry, continue to lift up MATT GROBAR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, NIGHTS & WEEKENDS

American Dreamer. He also directed the

at Entertainment Weekly, where she had

Matt joined the editors’ desk in March 2021

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