Every year, the folks at THR put on “awards roundtables”, which are essentially ways for studios to further campaign for Oscars on behalf of their biggest contenders. But regardless of the intent behind these interviews, the result is always a fascinating discussion with some of the best and brightest filmmakers and performers working today. And now the full 1-hour roundtable for the “Directors” session has gone online, giving us a wide-ranging discussion between Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), David O. Russell (Joy), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), and Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl).
While it would’ve been nice to see a couple substitutions in the form of Ryan Coogler (Creed) or George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), the conversation is nevertheless quite interesting to watch, as the filmmakers discuss specific hardships—an area in which Tarantino and Iñárritu have some common ground—as well as broader topics like their philosophy when it comes to rehearsals, their most cherished memories, and their approach to working with actors. It’s also a delight to see the entire roundtable tease Scott for being so fast and claiming that every aspect of filmmaking is “easy”. Moreover, Iñárritu shares Tarantino’s thinking that nowadays, there needs to be a big reason to go to a movie theater.
So if you’re a cinephile (and if you’re visiting Collider, we assume you are), this is definitely a must-watch, if only to see how varied these talented filmmakers are in terms of how they approach directing.