This weekend sees the arrival of the 2021 Academy Awards, effectively marking the end of an epic and rather unusual awards season.
While the awards circuit might have been limited to our computer screens, that didn’t stop us from getting to hear from some fantastic directors of Oscar-nominated films. If you weren't able to attend the events, you can catch up with many of the amazing discussions on the Directors UK podcast.
Nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Actress in a Leading Role, Cinematography, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay.
BAFTA-winning director Chloé Zhao and (also BAFTA-winning) DoP Joshua James Richards joined Asif Kapadia to discuss the making of Nomadland.
Promising Young Woman
Nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Actress in a Leading Role, Film Editing and Original Screenplay.
The BAFTA-winning Emerald Fennell spoke to romcom legend Richard Curtis about creating her breakthrough film, Promising Young Woman, at a February Directors UK event.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (twice), Cinematography ad Original Song.
At another great member event, director Shaka King joined the legendary Barry Jenkins to discuss the making of Judas and the Black Messiah.
Nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay and Original Score.
Earlier this year, Lee Isaac Chung joined fellow director Roger Michell to discuss his heartfelt feature, Minari.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Screenplay and Original Song.
In one of our last events of 2020, Aaron Sorkin spoke to Amma Asante about the making of his searing political drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Nominated for International Feature Film and Directing.
A decadent Zoom call between two European masters: Thomas Vinterberg discussed making Another Round (and plenty more) with Paolo Sorrentino at a lively member event.
Nominated for Documentary Feature and International Feature Film.
A feast of factual as Alexander Nanau talked about the processes behind his impactful and courageous documentary Collective with fellow director Orlando Von Einsiedel.
One Night in Miami
Nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song.
Regina King crafted a brilliant directing debut with One Night in Miami, and Beeban Kidron was on hand to discuss her work behind the lens.
News of the World
Nominated for Cinematography, Original Score, Production Design and Sound
An absolute treat of an event, as two legends of UK cinema, Paul Greengrass and Mike Leigh, discussed News of the World, the picture for directors in the UK and much more besides.
Da 5 Bloods
Nominated for Original Score.
Flashback to 2020 for a great discussion between the brilliant Spike Lee and Sam Mendes as they discuss the making of Da 5 Bloods and their attempts to create in the middle of the pandemic.