See Candid Awards-Season Photos of Frances McDormand, Armie Hammer, Allison Janney, and More in Our Awards Extra Cover Portfolio

Saoirse Ronan’s Golden Globe win for Lady Bird charmed millions watching the awards at home in January, but for Greg Williams, the best moment of the actress’s win happened offstage.

“Saoirse had just collected her Golden Globe, and she immediately started FaceTiming with her loved ones,” the photographer said. “I seek out that genuine and honest moment where nothing is contrived.”

Finding balance between observation and participation was Williams’s top priority while photographing the swirl of awards season for the cover portfolio of Vanity Fair’s latest Awards Extra, featuring Frances McDormand, Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Denzel Washington, Sally Hawkins, and more.

“I was excited by the thought of being able to do what I do at such a star-studded forum,” Williams said. “You feel like you’re in a bubble.”

As the Academy Awards draws nearer, this issue, currently making its way to voters’ mailboxes, aims to bring readers into that bubble as well. “It is about participation, where you see familiarity between the subject and photographer,” he said. “I try to take photographs that make the viewer feel like they breathe the same air.”

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Saoirse RonanPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Mary J. Blige.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Halle Berry and Salma Hayek.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Jessica Chastain with Octavia Spencer.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Alicia VikanderPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Armie HammerPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, and Emilia Clarke.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Laura Dern and Monica Ramirez.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Jessica ChastainPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Sally HawkinsPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Allison JanneyPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Laurie MetcalfPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Sharon Stone with her son Roan Bronstein.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Martin McDonagh, Sam Rockwell, Gary Oldman, Leslie Bibb, and Frances McDormand.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Margot RobbiePhotograph by Greg Williams.
Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Meryl StreepPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Common and Dwayne Johnson.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Gray Oldman and Denzel Washington.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Frances McDormandPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Yaron Versano and Gal Gadot.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Kirk Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Dakota JohnsonPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Greta Gerwig and Seth Meyers.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Allison Janney, Emma Stone, and Shirley MacLaine.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Photograph by Greg Williams.
Sam RockwellPhotograph by Greg Williams.
Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Graham Broadbent.Photograph by Greg Williams.
Frances McDormandPhotograph by Greg Williams.

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