UPDATE with more photos: A record 21 studios and distributors packed the DGA Theater in West Hollywood Saturday for the sixth annual The Contenders Presented By Deadline. Forty-one films were represented including La La Land, with stars Emma Stone and John Legend, director Damien Chazelle and composer/orchestrator Justin Hurwitz; the ensemble cast and creators of Fences, including Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; Arrival and Nocturnal Animals star Amy Adams, Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson and more.

To view a gallery of the stars and creators who attended the awards-season kickoff event click on the photo above.