Indie Contenders: Margot Robbie, Kumail Nanjiani, Diane Kruger Reflect on Their Work

Eight of this year's top Oscar contenders for their work in indie films sat down with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this awards season, as part of AFI Fest, to discuss the challenges and rewards of making independent films in 2017.

The participants included Diane Kruger, star of In the Fade, who won the Cannes Film Festival's best actress prize for her performance, and whose film went on to win the best foreign-language film Golden Globe and Critics' Choice awards and has been shortlisted for the corresponding Oscar; Sean Baker, the co-writer and director of The Florida Project, who won the New York Film Critics Circle's best director prize, and whose film was nominated for the best picture Critics' Choice Award and named one of the year's 10 best films by the AFI; Margot Robbie, the producer of and lead actress in I, Tonya, who was nominated for best actress Gotham, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice awards and is nominated for the best actress SAG and BAFTA awards; and Kumail Nanjiani, the co-writer of and lead actor in The Big Sick, who was nominated for best screenplay Gotham and Critics' Choice awards and is nominated for the best screenplay WGA and Spirit awards and the best ensemble SAG Award.

Also participating were Salma Hayek, the lead actress in Beatriz at Dinner, who is nominated for the best actress Spirit Award; Robert Pattinson, the lead actor in Good Time, who was nominated for the best actor Gotham Award and is nominated for the best actor Spirit Award; Lois Smith, who plays the title character in Marjorie Prime, who was nominated for the best actress Gotham Award and is nominated for the best supporting actress Independent Spirit Award; and Richard Gere, the lead actor in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.

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