On the occasion of the 65th ACE Eddie Awards, Variety gives voice to members of the editorial community who assess the work of some of their nominated peers.
If the lack of diversity in the actor and director categories remains the elephant in the room, the Academy's entries in its top category do represent a bracing range of approaches and intentions.
Variety will present its inaugural kudos for below-the-line pros at the 30th edition of the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival in February.
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