Gold Derby has beefed up its awards coverage this year by interviewing even more performers, writers, behind the scenes talent and, yes, directors than ever before. Of the five Directors Guild of America film nominees, we conducted webchats with Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Garth Davis (“Lion”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”), and we also recorded an interview with Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”). Watch all four of our interviews with the DGA nominees by clicking each link below. (The fifth nominee is “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins.)
Damien Chazelle interview: “It always felt somewhat unlikely and even impossible at times. I just had a hope that the thing I loved about the older musicals could still apply to today. They’re timeless in a certain sense. There’s still a relevancy to the idea that if you feel enough, you break into song; that simple conceit that drives all musicals.”
Garth Davis interview: “It was a miracle of a story, and it was a true story, which I found was even more of a miracle. There was a deep emotionality to the story, which I found incredibly moving. So as a filmmaker, it had everything to explore.”
Kenneth Lonergan interview: “I think [Casey Affleck] is amazing in this. I’ve always thought he was a really special actor. Working with him was a real delight. I had never worked with him this closely or this intensely. It was one of the most satisfying and interesting experiences I’ve ever had collaborating with an actor.”
Denis Villeneuve interview: “The idea that in order to evolve as a species, we should find a new form of humility. I knew there was the material there to make a very poetic and powerful movie, [if] I was doing my homework correctly. The idea that the main tension of the story will be communication really appealed to me.”
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