Deadlines annual The Contenders London event has just kicked off, with an all-day lineup of panels featuring top talent, producers and directors from 23 awards-season films and 14 studios. They will be discussing their movies onstage at the Ham Yard Hotel in front of a full house of BAFTA, guild and Oscar Academy voters.
Kicking off the event is Paramount and concludes with Amazon Studios, with panelists including The Quiet Places John Krasinski; Green Books Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; The Favourites Yorgos Lanthimos and Olivia Colman; Black Panthers Letitia Wright; Wont You Be My Neighbors Morgan Neville; Colettes Wash Westmoreland; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan and Bill Heck; Romas Alfonso Cuarón; White Boy Ricks Bel Powley; The Front Runners Jason Reitman; Destroyers Nicole Kidman and Karyn Kusama; A Private Wars Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dorman; Paddington 2s Hugh Grant; Crazy Rich Asians Michelle Yeoh; Cold Wars Pawel Pawlikowski; Suspirias Luca Guadagnino; and Beautiful Boys Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Felix van Groeningen and Luke Davies.
Deadlines co-editor-in-chief Mike Fleming Jr, AwardsLine editor Joe Utichi, international editor Nancy Tartaglione and international co-editors Andreas Wiseman and Peter White will host the panels at the event, produced by Madelyn Hammond. Amazon Studios sponsored the kickoff breakfast and Netflix sponsors lunch, while additional sponsors include Dell, Eyepetizer Eyewear and Michters Whiskey.
Deadlines invite-only The Contenders series continues November 3 in Los Angeles and December 1 with its first New York event.
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