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The Farewell, Hustlers Directors on Fear of Forgetting Early 2019 Movies

‘The Lighthouse’ star Willem Dafoe and ‘Hustlers’ director Lorene Scafaria spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about keeping their projects in voters’ minds while ‘Her Smell’ star Elisabeth Moss and ‘The Farewell’ director Lulu Wang said their films already had more success and recognition than they anticipated.

Awards season may just be ramping up, with the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards set to announce their nominees this week and numerous critics groups this month unveiling their picks for the best films of 2019, but more awards hopeful films keep emerging, with 1917, Dark Waters, Richard Jewell and Queen Slim among the projects that have debuted to critical acclaim and awards attention in recent weeks. At the same time, the teams behind well-received films that were released earlier in the year — like The Farewell, Hustlers and The Lighthouse — are hoping awards voters don’t forget about their projects amid a glut of other acclaimed films now hitting theaters.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at Monday’s Gotham Awards — where well-received movies from earlier in the year like The Farewell and Hustlers competed against current releases like Waves and Marriage Story and movies yet to hit theaters like Uncut Gems and Clemency — indie filmmakers shared their hopes and strategies for keeping their movies in the conversation.

Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria pointed out that the stripper-heist film, starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, recently became available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD and said she hopes that viewers might tune in from home over the holidays.

“I like to think Hustlers is a Christmas movie, so maybe it will become that kind of movie that people turn on for the season,” she said, adding that having success after struggling to get the movie made has been “validating and very meaningful.”

“We had

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