EXCLUSIVE: ‘Tis the season for many things but that also includes awards season, and this year what seems like more Q&A sessions than ever before. If you have a contender you are out there touting it at screenings all over LA, New York, San Francisco and all points in between. Here’s an exclusive look at one I recently was happy to moderate for Saving Mr. Banks in front of a packed house of guild and AMPAS members at the Directors Guild theatre in Hollywood. Stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell plus director John Lee Hancock, writer Kelly Marcel and producer Alison Owen were on the panel but it was Richard M. Sherman, the 85-year-old Oscar-winning composer of Mary Poppins who stole the show as recounted how “it was all true” about the making of that classic 1964 film that represents the last time a Disney-labeled live-action film had a Best Picture Oscar nominee of its own. Could it happen again nearly 50 years later?
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