Deadline’s Contenders Film: The Nominees Kicks Off Today; 18 Films, 11 Studios, 45 Filmmakers And Stars

This very unusual eight-month movie-awards season is winding down as BAFTA and DGA virtual ceremonies take place this weekend and Oscar final voting is set to begin Thursday. What better time for Deadline’s first-ever Contenders Film: The Nominees to take place? The final countdown starts here beginning at 10 a.m. PT with a total of 18 films from 11 studios featuring 45 nominated filmmakers and stars, all giving us the lowdown on the movies that are bringing them all to the end of a long journey that culminates on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, April 25 (the latest date ever for an Academy Award show).

To watch the livestream of today’s event, click here.

In January, over the course of two weekends, we presented separate Contenders Film events for Documentary, International and then a big two-day look at all the movie hopefuls in this pandemic-affected year. Now, for the first time, we are adding a new event focusing on the motion picture nominees. This follows last year, when we initiated the additional Contenders Television: The Nominees day as part of our small-screen awards and Emmy coverage and it was a big hit (and stay tuned: Contenders Television is coming your way in May).

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Today’s Contenders Film: The Nominees will give voters one last chance to catch up on nominated films they may have missed but definitely should see before casting their ballot. We are proud, as part of this day, to present all five directors of the International Feature Film contenders beaming in from all corners of the globe, plus numerous actors, filmmakers and artisans of the best of the best of this extended eligibility year that runs all the way from January 1, 2020-February 28, 2021.

This 93rd Oscars for 2020-21 is actually the first time since the sixth Academy Awards in 1932-33 (when Grand Hotel won the Best Picture Oscar) that there are split years for these achievements. It also is a year unprecedented in motion picture history where, due to the pandemic, virtually all voters will have seen the contenders on their TV sets or laptops or even wrist watches (god help us), and streaming films became eligible automatically without having to play in a theater. Hopefully things will return to normal by the 94th Oscars, when everyone can go back to movies the way they were meant to be seen, and our Contenders events can return to an in-person format or at least some sort of hybrid.

Until then, this is your chance for one last look — or one-stop shopping as I like to call it — a unique opportunity to sample the wares of this extraordinary 14-month movie year. When we launched the Contenders events a decade ago we viewed it as a strictly invitation-only service and a chance for industry professionals, guild members and Oscar voters to see clips of what the studios and distributors were putting forward as their awards crown jewels, and to hear directly from the people who made them and star in them. Even in a virtual format this is still what we are doing, and we hope you find it well worth your time.

Our moderators today include Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Amanda N’Duka, Anthony D’Alessandro, Antonia Blyth, Dade Hayes, Dino-Ray Ramos, Dominic Patten, Joe Utichi, Justin Kroll, Todd McCarthy, Tom Grater, Matt Carey and Nancy Tartaglione. Sponsors are Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Eyepetizer, Michter, Crop Organic Vodka and Seatopia.

Follow along with our full schedule of movies and panelists below, as well as online on Deadline’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. Use the hashtag #DeadlineContenders.


Contenders Film: The Nominees 2021 Schedule

10 a.m. – Livestream begins/opening comments


10:04-10:19 a.m. – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin (Writer/Director)
Sacha Baron Cohen (Writer/Actor)
Alan Baumgarten, ACE (Editor)
Phedon Papamichael (Cinematographer)

10:19-10:32 a.m. – Mank

Amanda Seyfried (Actor)
Erik Messerchmidt (Cinematographer)
Donald Graham Burt (Production Designer)
Ren Klyce (Sound Designer)


10:32-10:46 a.m. – The Man Who Sold His Skin

Kaouther Ben Hania (Writer/Director)
Yahya Mahayni (Actor)
Dea Liane (Actor)
Monica Bellucci (Actor)

10:46-10:56 a.m. – Another Round

Thomas Vinterberg (Director/Co-Writer)
Tobias Lindholm (Co-Writer)
Mads Mikkelsen (Actor)


10:56-11:08 a.m. – Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jasmila Žbanić (Writer/Director/Producer)

11:10-11:20 a.m. – MORNING BREAK


11:21-11:34 a.m. – Time

Garrett Bradley (Director/Producer)
Kellen Quinn (Producer)
Lauren Domino (Producer)

11:34-11:47 a.m. – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen (Writer/Producer/Actor)
Anthony Hines (Producer/Writer)
Erica Rivinoja (Writer)
Maria Bakalova (Actor)

11:47-11:58 a.m. – One Night in Miami

Kemp Powers (Writer/EP)
Leslie Odom Jr. (Actor/ Songwriter)

11:58 a.m.-12:11 p.m. – Sound of Metal

Darius Marder (Writer/Director)
Riz Ahmed (EP/Actor)
Paul Raci (Actor)

12:13-12:43 p.m. – LUNCH


12:44-12:53 p.m. – Wolfwalkers

Tomm Moore (Director/Producer)
Ross Stewart (Director)
Nora Twomey (Producer)

12:53-1:01 p.m. – Greyhound

Beau Borders (Recording Mixer)
David Wyman (Sound Mixer)


1:01-1:13 p.m. – Collective

Alexander Nanau (Director/Producer/Cinematographer)


1:13-1:22 p.m. – The Mole Agent

Maite Alberdi (Director)
Marcela Santibañez (Producer)


1:23-1:31 p.m. – Better Days

Derek Tsang (Director

1:32-1:42 pm. – AFTERNOON BREAK


1:42-1:53 p.m. Hunger Ward

Skye Fitzgerald (Director)


1:53-2:08 p.m. – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Andra Day (Actor)


2:08-2:19 p.m. – Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell (Writer/Director/Producer)
Carey Mulligan (EP/Actor)
Ben Browning (Producer)
Frédéric Thoraval (Editor)

2:19-2:25 p.m. – Emma

Alexandra Byrne (Costume Designer)

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