Recognizing talent that ranges from Oscar contenders to future box office mavens, Variety celebrates its international mix of emerging directors at the Palm Springs Intl. Film Fest on Jan. 3.
This is about the moment that the backlash sets in. Variety's chief international film critic steps reasserts why "The Force Awakens" deserves to be the galaxy's biggest blockbuster.
See an extended cut of our annual Actors-on-Actors studio.
Take a look back at 2015 with our selection of the 20 best portraits published in the pages of Variety since January 1, 2015.