Deadline’s The Contenders: Why Does Sam Elliott Call ‘Grandma’ The “Greatest Experience Of My Career”?

At Deadline’s big awards-season event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline, held in front of a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild members last month at the DGA, Sony Pictures Classics highlighted its Sundance pickup Grandmawhich since has earned Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations for star Lily Tomlin. Director-writer Paul Weitz talks about how he wrote the film with her in mind, as well as the secret to directing actors and letting them do their thing. Co-star Sam Elliott says his role, just one long scene with Tomlin, was the greatest experience of his career as he talks about working with Lily and establishing an entire relationship in just about 8 minutes of screen time. To watch my conversation with them just click on the link above.

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