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Podcast Pre-Oscar Show. What Are We Rooting For?

Katey (with her little Charlie in tow) rejoins Nathaniel and Nick to discuss our hopes for Oscar night and various mini conversations on Moana, Moonlight, Arrival, La La Land, Suicide Squad, and many more...

Index (43 minutes)
00:01 Animated, Screenplays
08:30 Cinematography, Costumes
16:11 Production Design, Editing
21:00 VFX, Makeup, Score, Song, Sound
30:00 Actor, Supporting Acting
38:00 Documentaries, Actress
41:08 Musical sign-off silliness!

With of course much name dropping and detours including Hacksaw Ridge, JK Rowling, Annette Bening, Viola Davis, Weiner, Janelle Monae, and Michael Shannon. 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Pre-Oscar Show Pt 2: What we're rooting for

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Reader Comments (22)

Yay! My walk to school just got a whole lot better!

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Lewis

Does anyone miss the Oscars being a Monday telecast?

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

^^^Broadway producers.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

This podcast is the palate cleanser I needed after reading THR's 'Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot' interview. So infuriating. Long live The Film Experience!

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEz

Last year's song nominees were a rather sad lot, and the winner is pretty embarrassing. This year's losers wipe the floor with that lesser, anti-dynamic Bond theme.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCash

fun podcast, you guys! always a good time hearing your discourse.

i'm still a BOO on denzel washington winning. to put him in the company of daniel day-lewis and jack nicholson is absolutely preposterous in my opinion, but it looks like it's headed that way. my feeling with his performance in fences is that if you like a Lot of Acting in Your Acting, then he's your guy. i just wish he would listen to other actors in his scenes instead of doing what he wants to do regardless of what anybody else is doing. it bums me out.

enjoyed listening to all your thoughts and insights. happy oscar night!

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEric

i'm still a BOO on denzel washington winning. to put him in the company of daniel day-lewis and jack nicholson is absolutely preposterous in my opinion

Matthew McConaughey has a competitive Oscar. Glenn Close does not. Jackie Chan has an honorary Oscar. Glenn Close does not. Doubtful anyone can argue with a straight face the three or more club is too precious for Denzel Washington to be a member of. Especially when he easily eclipses the acting talents of Walter Brennan (3/4) and Katharine Hepburn (4/12). If he wins this Sunday his record will match Ingrid Bergman (3/7).

Bergman, Nicholson, and Streep (2 Lead, 1 Supporting). I think Denzel Washington has more than earned his seat at the table.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Eric, I follow you.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrederic

I'm rooting for the AMPAS to finally take notice of this people and start seriously thinking about Honorary Oscars...

- John Carpenter
- Frank Oz
- Tim Curry
- The Monty Python (1 done, 5 to go!)

You know, before it's too late.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

I dont understand why Denzel is not worthy of a third, for a role this difficult, with a text as dense as this one, that none of his fellow A listers does. He was good enough for the Tonys. Which requires actors to perform live, repeatedly.

Why doesnt he deserve the Oscar?

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Interesting that Nick thinks that Gosling could win. I wouldn't vote for La La Land in many categories, but I would vote for him. For me, the film's appeal rests with its stars, and Gosling hasn't gotten enough credit for his performance. I'm disappointed that Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell aren't nominated, though.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I loved Simple Song #3 and Manta Ray last year but the rest were bad.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Denzel is the likely winner at this point unless La La Land sweeps. Then Gosling might win on good will for the film. He's good in the film and gets the showy song and dance numbers, plus the piano playing, to elevate the performance.

I'm really hoping How Far I'll Go wins Original Song. City of Stars is the more likely winner since it repeats so much in La La Land and I think it's a far worse song than Audition (Fools Who Dream) or even the not-nominated opening number from the film.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

I never understood the love for "City of Stars," but since there are only, like, three songs in La La Land, I guess they had to choose one...

Katey's opinions are so refreshing; love her! The other guy is too nit-picky.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Cannot wait to hear Charlie's review of Elle.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

It's possible that MOONLIGHT pulls a SPOTLIGHT and wins just 2 (picture and screenplay only).

And that LA LA LAND pulls a GRAVITY and wins 7 without best picture: director, actress, editing, cinematography, score, song, sound mixing. In this scenario JACKIE gets costumes, ARRIVAL gets production design, HACKSAW gets sound editing, FENCES gets supporting actress and supporting actor goes to LION.

As for best actor, I have no idea who'll win the Casey/Denzel unpopularity contest. I'm still rooting for Ryan Gosling, despite not wanting La La Land to win most of its other categories.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Glad to hear Nathaniel. Nick & Katie all love Moana as much as I do. It's somehow vastly underrated (despite being a huge hit) and to me it deserves all the praise and attention Frozen (a lesser film) got. Zootopia is great and would be a worthy winner but if I were an AMPAS member, I'd cast my vote for Moana in Animated Film and "How Far I'll Go" in original song. I'm sorry for bringing politics into this but Arrival and Moana were the two films I saw almost immediately after the election and I found them emotional moving and therapeutic in that context.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAkash

Denzel or Gosling as winners would satisfy me. I've never been DW's biggest fan, but he is a revelation in Fences. And why shouldn't he have three Oscars, if Sally Field, Hilary Swank, Kevin Spacey and Christoph Waltz have two?

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

After two years of messing up, I think Oscar got Best Actor pretty right this year. I would have nominated Garfield for Silence, but let's not quibble. There is something very happy-making about thinking about Ryan winning. Sigh. Denzel and Casey are both peerless. This is a tough one.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

@ brookesboy

Do let's quibble. ;-)

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Paul, I haven't seen Hacksaw--is he bad?

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I would be fine with Ryan, Denzel, or Casey winning but am firmly rooting for the latter; that type of internalised anguish is so hard to effectively portray onscreen in a subtle way, and he absolutely crushed it. But it looks like it's gonna be a shoo-in for Denzel; I'd be very surprised if he doesn't win at this point.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

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