Six of the ten up-and-coming directors, curated by Variety’s savvy Peter Debruge, were in attendance, but awards were announced or given to Maggie Betts (“The Burial”), Elegance Bratton (“The inspection“), Elijah Bynum (“Magazine Dreams”), Alice Diop (“Saint Omer”), Eva Longoria (“Flamin’ Hot”), Nida Manzoor (“Polite Society”), Laurel Parmet (“The Starling Girl”), Saim Sadiq (“Joyland”), Jingyi Shao (“Chang Can Dunk”) and Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun“).
In addition, the Impact Awards were given to Angela Bassett (the scene-stealer of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever“), for Creative Impact in Acting. She was introduced by Oscar-winning client Ruth Carter.
Brian Tyree Henry, who has received raves for his performance in Lila Neugebauer’s “Causeway,” received the Creative Impact in Breakthrough Performance award. He was introduced by Danielle Deadwylerwho gave such a moving performance in Chinonye Chukwus”Add” as Mamie Mobley Till, mother of Emmett Till. She accepted an award last night at the Palm Springs Festival.
Ryan Johnson won the Creative Impact in Screenwriting award, and was introduced by Kate Hudsonwho starred in his latest film,”Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” Last but not least, Baz Luhrmann received the Creative Impact in Directing award, which was presented by Austin Butlerhis amazing star in “Elvis.”
All pictures of Chaz Ebert.