Twenty studios and distributors presenting a record 38 films from their 2019 awards slate will gather for Deadline’s daylong The Contenders Los Angeles event on Saturday, November 2 at the newly refurbished DGA Theater. Invitations to the must-stop on the awards circuit went out today. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and key guilds will pack the house to see clips from the year’s most acclaimed movies as well as hear from the filmmakers and stars.
The invite-only Contenders has become a key stop as the movie awards season gets underway and has become so popular it has expanded successfully with similar days in London and New York, as well as to television for our The Contenders Emmys event in April. The Contenders London was October 5 and again was a huge hit, becoming an annual tradition for BAFTA and AMPAS voters. The Contenders New York has set December 7 for its second event, after launching in the Big Apple a year ago, but Los Angeles is where it all started nearly a decade ago and it keeps getting bigger every year.
The full-day program will kick off at 7 AM PT with a breakfast sponsored by Amazon Studios before the morning session gets rolling at 8:25 AM. Netflix serves up lunch in between, and then Apple — the newest participant in The Contenders — hosts a reception after the day’s final presentation, where it will reveal its inaugural movie awards slate.
In addition to those studios, A24, Roadside Attractions, Focus Features, Laika/United Artists Releasing, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight, NEON and STX Entertainment will be represented to put their best foot forward this Oscar season. Academy and guild voters look to the event to get a sampling of what is to come and what they need to catch up on, and it has become an enormously valuable tool in the process of picking the year’s best achievements. That’s especially true this year, with a shorter season as the Oscars happen two weeks earlier than usual on February 9.
We guarantee an extremely stimulating and exciting lineup, one you don’t want to miss. Last year’s onstage talent at our Contenders events included Alfonso Cuarón, Rami Malek, Regina King, Mahershala Ali and Olivia Colman — all went on to win Oscars.
Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles is presented by Hyundai. Breakfast is sponsored by Amazon Studios; lunch by Netflix; and reception by Apple TV+. Sponsors include Dell, Michter’s, Final Draft, Screen Engine/ASI, and Eyepetizer. Partners include Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Calii Love, Collectioni, Icelandic Glacial and Fig & Olive.