When does the multi-month campaign of awards ads and festivals and lunches and special screenings kick off? The campaign that ends on the first Sunday in March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood?
Industry insiders might pinpoint many significant moments, moments that all arrive in the autumn. But we're fairly convinced that Hollywood's Biggest Season throws down the pedal during AFI FEST, and typically when a big star is tributed.
Exhibit A? American Cinematheque will welcome Ms. Emma Thompson on Monday, Nov. 11 at The Aero Theatre. "Sense and Sensibility" and "Howard's End" will screen, and in-person hello from the actor and writer is expected. (You'll recall that she won an Academy Award for the "Sense and Sensibility" screenplay in 1995.)
*Update*: American Cinematheque says unfortunately Ms. Thompson cannot attend the Nov. 11 screenings but will appear at The Aero on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The Cinematheque will also pay a members-only tribute to the star on Sunday, Nov. 10 with a screening of "Saving Mr. Banks," her new film with Tom Hanks.
But the starting line of awards season isn't just about the star-spotlighting homages. Look for creative types to fill Q&A chairs around town more frequently over the next few months. Next up, in this category? "The Making of..." at ArcLight. Composers, screenwriters, and producers are set to chat about a batch of truly iconic films. (Hello, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Escape from New York.")
Where will your favorite scribe, director, grip, or Foley artist show to talk cinema? Bets are good that something you like is coming down that ol' awards season pike.