Oscar Nominated Writers and Producers (Santa Barbara International Film Festival) | Sally Fay

February 13, 2015 8:29 PM

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On Saturday, January 31st, at 11:00, I tucked into the Lobero Theatre for the sold-out Writer's Panel featuring Oscar nominees, Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game"), Anthony McCarten ("The Theory of Everything"), Jason Hall ("American Sniper"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler"), Max Frye ("Foxcatcher"), Alex Dinelaris ("Birdman"), and Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"). Anne Thompson of IndieWIRE moderated. She started by asking "Why are there so few women?" Thankfully, Graham Moore jumped in with the much needed balm to the awkwardness of the panel of all men (and audience included) with "I don't think anyone here is qualified to answer that question. We are all a bunch of dudes!" Laughter broke out and the conversation was in swing! Phew!

Ms. Thompson ran a perfect panel that moved swiftly with every writer being heard from. It almost felt like the panelists had been coached beforehand as it was seamless. It was an amazing group to assemble, all nominated for an Academy Award! Bravo SBIFF! Moore, Chazelle, Hall and McCarten are nomin...

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