Extended Conversations With 5 Oscar Nominated Directors

Studio 360's Kurt Anderson hosts five of this year's Oscar-nominated directors for in-depth conversation and revelation.
  1. Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
    Filming “The Revenant” in the freezing cold of Alberta nearly did him in, but Alejandro González Iñárritu isn’t complaining. “That’s our job,” says the director. His last film, “Birdman,” won big at last year’s Oscars, and “The Revenant” is up for 12 Academy Awards – more than any other film this year. Iñárritu downplays the controversy over the harsh shooting conditions, which prompted one crew member to call the film a “living hell.”
  2. Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
    The director of “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights” explains why he switched gears for his latest movie about the 2008 economic meltdown. He also tells Kurt about starting “Funny or Die” with Will Farrell, and what happened to Pearl, the toddler landlord from their most viral video.
  3. George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
    Miller was in his 30s when he made the first “Mad Max” movie. Four decades later, he’s racking up award nominations for the fourth installment in the franchise. Although he had the latest innovations in CGI at his fingertips, he tells Kurt it was important to him to stay low-fi.
  4. Lenny Abramson, “Room” (with novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue)
    Kurt talks with the director and Emma Donoghue, who taught herself screenwriting to adapt her bestselling novel. Together, they deconstruct a key scene from the movie explaining how it went from page to screen.
  5. Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
    The writer-director explains the challenges turning long form investigative journalism into a thriller. McCarthy started his career in film as an actor, and he continues to perform – he tells Kurt how he balances his roles in front and behind the camera.