For another year, the center of Hollywood was Broughton Street in Savannah.

In its 21st edition, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival was again successful as the week-long festival continues to become a precursor — not only to what people will see being awarded at the Oscars, but to the most popular movies from the past year. "A Quiet Place" currently sits at number 10 in the 2018 box office with $188 million made, but star/director John Krasinski and his partner in life and the film, Emily Blunt, reflected on the tinier elements — speaking about the scenes that made the most impact on them (In the case of Blunt, the actual physical impact of a nail on her foot) and why the movie still garners discussion and excitement nearly seven months after its initial release. Later in the evening, Maggie Gyllenhaal spoke about her new film on Netflix, "The Kindergarten Teacher," and how the streaming platform allowed her to tell a story that major studios would've immediately passed up.

 

And that was just day one.

Stars such as Hugh Jackman, Chloe Grace Moretz, KiKi Layne and Armie Hammer would also grace the red carpet in front of the Trustees Theater offering insights into their respective films, but also commending the city on its beauty and hospitality. “It’s an amazing town. The weather is amazing. Despite how small it is, you can tell... I think the audience here is hungry for stories from a wide range. It feels lovely to be back," director Barry Jenkins said as he returned to Savannah after attending the festival for "Moonlight" two years before.

"I actually made my family come down — they don’t always come on set — but I took them out of school for a couple of days. I said, this is the most beautiful place; you’ve got to see it," Jackman said about Savannah, which was the location of some of the filming of "The Front Runner," which he showed at the festival along with writer/director Jason Reitman, who agreed with his star's assessment of the town. “It’s kind of fairy tale and mythical, and I was thrilled to shoot here.”

It wasn't all movies this year though. The cast of the popular STARZ television series, "Outlander," graced the red carpet after opening their exhibit of costumes from the show at the SCAD Museum of Art. The cast was easy going, electing to chat more in-depth about a pint of Leopold's Ice Cream rather than dissecting the fourth season premiere of the show. “It’s cold; the consistency is really good; it’s got a vanilla flavor. I’d like to see some vanilla bean in it, that might be quite nice," Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser on the show, said.

It'll be interesting in the coming months to see which films that played at the festival will make a re-appearance on the awards circuit. All three major screenings — "Roma," "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "Green Book" — have the makings of Best Picture front runners while "The Front Runner," "A Quiet Place" or "The Favourite" could also find their way into the fray. Either way, it showed Savannah continues to etch itself into the staples of the festival circuit and this week in the fall will maintain as a calendar mainstay.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

 

 

Hari Nef, Kayli Carter, Elsie Fisher, Stephen Moyer and Denis O'Hare

 

 

"Outlander" cast Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, John Bell and Sophie Skelton

 

 

Hugh Jackman and Jason Reitman

 

 

Armie Hammer, Hannah Marks and Karyn Kusama

 

 

Ella Hunt

 

 

Chloe Grace Moretz and Skyler Samuels

 

 

"Outlander" exhibit tour