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Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Rachel Brosnahan lead stars at AFI Fest Indie Contenders Panel

The annual AFI Fest is taking place in Los Angeles.

But in the time of pandemic, the event’s flagship Indie Contenders Panel went virtual this year with ticket-holders being able to watch remotely as eight performers answered questions about their 2020 roles.

The eight identified by AFI as giving award-worthy performances in the past year were Riz Ahmed, Rachel Brosnahan, Winston Duke, Julia Garner, Vanessa Kirby , Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Andy Samberg. 

Riz Ahmed, Rachel Brosnahan, Winston Duke, Julia Garner, Vanessa Kirby, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Andy Samberg took part in a virtual AFI Indie Contenders Panel Sunday

Riz Ahmed, Rachel Brosnahan, Winston Duke, Julia Garner, Vanessa Kirby, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Andy Samberg took part in a virtual AFI Indie Contenders Panel Sunday

Riz Ahmed, Rachel Brosnahan, Winston Duke, Julia Garner, Vanessa Kirby, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Andy Samberg took part in a virtual AFI Indie Contenders Panel Sunday

The Handmaid’s Tale star Moss was the only actress to be singled out for two performances.  

Moss, 38, starred in the female-led reboot of The Invisible Man for Universal and played horror writer Shirley Jackson in the period film Shirley.

British actress Mulligan, 35, was chosen for her role in the yet to be released Promising Young Woman.

In the revenge thriller, she plays a young woman who seeks out to wreak vengeance on others for the traumatic event in her past. 

Elisabeth Moss, 38, was singled out for two films - for starring in the female-led reboot of The Invisible Man for Universal and playing horror writer Shirley Jackson in the period film Shirley

Elisabeth Moss, 38, was singled out for two films - for starring in the female-led reboot of The Invisible Man for Universal and playing horror writer Shirley Jackson in the period film Shirley

Elisabeth Moss, 38, was singled out for two films – for starring in the female-led reboot of The Invisible Man for Universal and playing horror writer Shirley Jackson in the period film Shirley

British actress Carey Mulligan, 35, was chosen for her role in the yet to be released revenge thriller Promising Young Woman

British actress Carey Mulligan, 35, was chosen for her role in the yet to be released revenge thriller Promising Young Woman

British actress Carey Mulligan, 35, was chosen for her role in the yet to be released revenge thriller Promising Young Woman

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan stayed with Amazon Studios for the film I'm Your Woman, which drops next month

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan stayed with Amazon Studios for the film I'm Your Woman, which drops next month

The crime drama set in the 1970s stars the actress, 30, as a woman on the run with her baby after her husband betrays his partners

The crime drama set in the 1970s stars the actress, 30, as a woman on the run with her baby after her husband betrays his partners

Rachel Brosnahan stars in the Amazon Studios film I’m Your Woman in which she plays a woman on the run with her baby due to her husband’s betrayal of his partners

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan stayed with Amazon Studios for the film I’m Your Woman, which drops next month.

The crime drama set in the 1970s stars the actress, 30, as a woman on the run with her baby after her husband betrays his partners.  

Julia Garner, 26, is best known for her role in the series Ozark.

But in The Assistant she’s the lead in a story that follows the day-to-day life of an assistant to an entertainment mogul who starts to realize her dream job isn’t quite what she expected.

Julia Garner, 26, best known for her role in the series Ozark, gave a noted performance in The Assistant as a young woman who starts to realize  her dream job isn't quite what she expected

Julia Garner, 26, best known for her role in the series Ozark, gave a noted performance in The Assistant as a young woman who starts to realize  her dream job isn't quite what she expected

Julia Garner, 26, best known for her role in the series Ozark, gave a noted performance in The Assistant as a young woman who starts to realize  her dream job isn’t quite what she expected

The Crown's Vanessa Kirby, 32, took on an emotional role as a woman dealing with the loss of her baby in Netflix's Pieces Of A Woman

The Crown's Vanessa Kirby, 32, took on an emotional role as a woman dealing with the loss of her baby in Netflix's Pieces Of A Woman

The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby, 32, took on an emotional role as a woman dealing with the loss of her baby in Netflix’s Pieces Of A Woman

The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby, 32, took on an emotional role as a woman dealing with the loss of her baby in Netflix’s Pieces Of A Woman.

Andy Samberg, 42, was recognized for his Hulu comedy Palm Springs while Riz Ahmed, 37, was selected for his performance as a heavy metal drummer losing his hearing in the indie film Sound Of Metal.

Rounding out the eight was Winston Duke, 33, who stars in Nine Days as a mysterious man who interviews souls looking for the chance to be born.  

AFI Fest, based in Hollywood, runs until Thursday. 

Andy Samberg, 42, was recognized for his Hulu comedy Palm Springs

Andy Samberg, 42, was recognized for his Hulu comedy Palm Springs

Riz Ahmed, 37, was selected for his performance as a heavy metal drummer losing his hearing in the indie film Sound Of Metal

Riz Ahmed, 37, was selected for his performance as a heavy metal drummer losing his hearing in the indie film Sound Of Metal

Andy Samberg, 42, was recognized for Hulu comedy Palm Springs while Riz Ahmed, 37, was selected for his performance as a drummer losing his hearing in the indie film Sound Of Metal

Rounding out the eight was Winston Duke, 33, who stars in Nine Days as a mysterious man who interviews souls looking for the chance to be born

Rounding out the eight was Winston Duke, 33, who stars in Nine Days as a mysterious man who interviews souls looking for the chance to be born

Rounding out the eight was Winston Duke, 33, who stars in Nine Days as a mysterious man who interviews souls looking for the chance to be born

Source: Daily Mail | BBC News & Gossip

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