We interviewed dozens of Hollywood insiders to come up with our list. We talked to whites and blacks, Hispanics and Asians. We interviewed actors, directors, cinematographers, costume designers and writers as well as film festival organizers and leaders of minority advocacy groups. We also tapped the deep expertise of our team of reporters and editors covering the movie business.
From that reporting, we narrowed a long list to 100 of the best and the brightest. By its nature, this list — like most others — is a bit subjective, more art than science. But the people who made the cut did so based on the strength of their résumés, their festival and awards performance, and the enthusiastic testimony of their peers.
All of the nominees have film credits, although some are better known for their work in television. But as streaming services increasingly blur the lines between movies and TV, the academy could broaden its horizons as it looks to be more inclusive, even while staying true to its roots.
For the record
A previous version of Anne Carey's blurb said that she won an Emmy Award in 2002 for the made-for-TV movie “The Laramie Project.” She was nominated but didn’t win.
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