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Podcast: Beautiful Boy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl talk new films in theaters.

Index (52½ minutes)
00:01 NYC plays itself in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
02:30 Melissa McCarthy's best performance ever
16:10 Jonah Hill's Mid 90s
19:02 Denmark's Submission The Guilty
22:00 Hilary Swank and Robert Forster in What They Had?
29:00 Split opinions on Timothée Chalamet & Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy
40:30 Green Book Sneak Peak
47:15 Best Actress discussion and Glenn Close on stage in NYC currently
52:00 Wrap up

Murtada's Beautiful Boy Tweet
Chris's Can You Ever Forgive Me? Review
Denmark & Oscar
Best Supporting Actor

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

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Gaga is vulnerable of the presumed early locks. Close and Colman is where we might have a two woman race for the win. McCarthy's movie doesn't scream essential viewing despite glowing notices. I think Viola Davis is a very comfortable third place bet.

Mid90s is a bro movie with art house aesthetic. But I still intend to see it.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I think Gaga will benefit from the Best Picture buzz of "A Star Is Born" plus all the buzz for Best Original Songs and she'll get nominated.
I fear Davis might not get nominated..."Widows" might be a blockbuster, but this year's race is just too good!
#1: Glenn Close, THE WIFE
#2: Olivia Colman, THE FAVOURITE
#3: Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
#4: Julia Roberts, BEN IS BACK
#5: Nicole Kidman, DESTROYER
#6: Viola Davis, WIDOWS
#7. Melissa McCarthy, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
#8: Amandla Stenberg, THE HATE U GIVE
#10: Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEd

I'd love for Julia Roberts to get a welcome back BA nod.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

You guys can be Siskel and Ebert!

I think McCarthy's film will do okay when as it enters a wider release. I know a number of people who are only occasional filmgoers who want to see it. Jonah Hill's movie is playing at a number of local multiplexes in my area this weekend, and I wonder if there is interest to sustain that.

Gaga's recent speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards was incredible - funny, profound, and moving. A lot of people are underestimating her charisma on the campaign trail. She will absolutely get a nomination.

I really do not want to see Beautiful Boy. It seems so depressing. I am wondering if Chalamet will get an Oscar nod, which is the only reason I'd see it. I wish we could count on Jordan or Kaluuya taking that spot. (Actually, I wish Hugh Grant would take that spot, but I am a realist where awards are concerned.)

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I am so for Amanda Stenberg getting a nom.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

Green Book absolutely had the worst trailer of the year, but I loved the movie. Ali would win again if he hadn't won a couple years ago.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

Oh man! Best Actress is sooo tough this year! Seems like anything goes. I do agree that Close and Colman seem liked locks.

Glenn Close - career best reviews
Olivia Colman - career best reviews

Then -
Lady Gaga - best picture front runner
Nicole Kidman - career best reviews
Julia Roberts - career best reviews
Melissa McCarthy - career best reviews
Yalitza Aparici - Foreign language frontrunner

Dark Horses:
Carey Mulligan - career best reviews
Emily Blunt - potential musical block buster
Viola Davis - potential block buster
Toni Collette - career best reviews
Elsie Fisher - breakout star

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

I think people are underestimating McCarthy and her film. Almost all reviewers have been greatly enthusiastic about the film and her performance. I have read so much support for the film from crtiics who usually vote during award season. I assume this is going to translate with Academy members--I think she's in.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJones

Love the podcast!

Right now I'm predicting the following for actress:
-Lady Gaga - "A Star is Born"
-Melissa McCarthy - "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
-Olivia Colman - "The Favourite"
-Yalitza Aparicio - "Roma"
-Glenn Close - "The Wife"

I think there's just one slot for the "only nomination for the film" actress type performance. It'll either go to Glenn, Nicole Kidman ("Destroyer"), Viola Davis ("Widows"), Julia Roberts ("Ben is Back") or Toni Collette ("Hereditary"). Or... maybe we're all underestimating "On the Basis of Sex" and Felicity Jones sneaks in.

Completely agree with Nathaniel on "Beautiful Boy," but loved hearing Murtada's POV on the film. Gave me more to think on it, even if I still fall on the side that is against the film.

Also, must co-sign all the "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" love! I really really wish (and want to rally) for Marielle Heller in Director. The movie has such nimble pacing, a great look and a really rich texture. Hopefully people don't underestimate what an achievement it is.

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris James

@Chris James - That would be a terrific Lead Actress lineup!

October 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJones

Loved the podcast Nathaniel and Murtada! I am sticking with Close, Gaga, Colman, McCarthy, and Aparacio for now but there could be major shake ups if Ronan, Jones , and Blunt prove to be contenders.

October 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

I wonder if all the dudes who didn't like Lady Bird or were like 'what's the big deal?" will somehow also love Mid 90s. It's interesting, too, that while both directors are exploring similar ideas about their childhood, one chose a very specific title of a specific character and one chose the grandiose title as if his story encompasses the entire decade for everyone.

October 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

...and not to discount Mulligan, Davis, Kidman, and Roberts either. This race is brutal!

October 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

I don't get where this notion that the Carell-Hutton conversation was supposed to be a mystery. Carell states flatly in the opening scene that he's not there for an article but because he wants to know something for a personal situation. If you know anything about the movie you're about to watch, it's clear what he's talking about.

Perhaps you mean that it doesn't show who Carell is actually talking to? I assume that was an artistic decision to put all eyes on Carell and set up his frustrations. Even without showing Hutton's face at first, it was clear that he was an expert on some topic and, since I knew the film's blurb, that he knew about drug addiction.

October 31, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

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