Margot Robbie was joined by Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore at the star-studded Deadline Contenders event in Los Angeles this weekend.
Hollywood legends came to the DGA Theater to help highlight this year’s 28 extraordinary films, where the panel allowed the artists and creatives behind the productions to tell candid stories.
With the actor’s strike now over, it appeared that Tinseltown’s best and brightest were ready to dine, with three actresses leading the way.
Academy Award nominee Robbie, 33, first hit the red carpet and led a panel discussing her blockbuster film Barbie with director Greta Gerwig.
She looked casually chic in floral print white oxfords tied at the waist, which she teamed with chic denim and matching red accessories.
‘I definitely didn’t want to try to make a Puff Peace Barbie. “I wanted us to celebrate the wonderful things as much as we celebrate the scary things,” Robbie said during a panel. ‘That’s why I went after Greta (Gerwig), because I thought, “She would do that.”
Robbie had acquired the rights to the famous doll through his production company, LuckyChap, before contacting Gerwig and his collaborator Noah Baumbach to write the script.
The pair then took Barbie and made it the biggest opening of 2023, the biggest opening by a female director, and the biggest opening for the film’s stars Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
The film is the highest-grossing film in Warner Bros. history, as well as the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman.
“She’s really changed the game,” Robbie said of Gerwig. ‘From now on, it’s different because of what he has done. It is huge.
‘And someone’s going to come forward with another original idea that requires a bigger budget, and it’s going to have a female lead, and they’re going to point to Barbie and say, “But it made money.'” Everyone’s going to go. is, “Oh, okay we have to greenlight it. And it’s amazing.”
However, Gerwig downplayed her role in Barbie’s success and reduced it to a team effort.
“If those women hadn’t done that, there’s no way we would have been on the stage and done what we had to do,” he said. ‘So don’t feel alone in this place. I feel that many of them have come before and will come later also.
Meanwhile, as Portman and Moore discussed their May December thriller directed by Todd Haynes and inspired by the real-life story of sex offender teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, they were dueling in red looks.
‘I called Todd and said, “I can’t do this. It’s too hard!” Moore accepted. ‘I was really struggling. I’m like, “Who is this woman?”
The film focuses on a married couple caught in a scandalous love affair two decades earlier, when the wife (Moore) was a teacher and the husband (Charles Melton) was an underage student.
Despite facing intense scrutiny for their choices, they have remained together for years.
Portman plays an actress who is getting ready to play Moore in a film.
“We’re trying to get into people’s hearts and minds, and sometimes you play people who commit crimes,” Portman said.
‘That doesn’t mean you believe those crimes should have been committed. (It’s just, we as artists are curious about the inner workings of the human heart.’
Other talent in the lineup included Fair Play director Chloë Domont and actor Alden Ehrenreich; Colman Domingo for Rustin; And Lily Gladstone from Killers of the Flower Moon.
Eve Hewson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Flora & Son also participated; Director Michael Mann appeared alongside Ferrari actors Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz and Shailene Woodley.