Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles on Saturday drew 28 of this season’s biggest and buzziest films for our annual panel showcase of cast and creatives, with a list of films that included everything from Barbie and Oppenheimer to John Wick: Chapter 4 and Trolls Band Together and every kind of movie in between.
This weekend’s event at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles was the first Contenders since the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, and as a result saw a swath of actors hitting the awards circuit, many talking up their latest projects for the first time.
In-person panelists included Margot Robbie, Bradley Cooper, Cillian Murphy, Taraji P. Henson, Annette Bening, Jeffrey Wright, Carey Mulligan, Colman Domingo, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Eve Hewson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Sennott, Alden Ehrenreich and Abby Rider Fortson among many others.
Studios and streamers talking part included Universal, Warner Bros, Focus Features, Columbia Pictures, Stage 6 Films, Black Bear Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon MGM Studios, Orion Studios, Netflix, Apple Original Films, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Films, Neon and Illumination.
Deadline’s awards-season showcases continue with Contenders Film: International, featuring many of this year’s submissions in the International Feature Oscar race, and Contenders Film: Documentary on December 9 and 10, respectively.