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Podcast: On the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards

with Nathaniel R, Nick Davis, and Murtada Elfadl 

Hopefully you're not sick of talking Oscar nods, yet, since here's the last bit of the post-nomination blitz coverage... though obviously Oscar discussions will continue through Oscar night but we can diversify our attention after this one. 

Index (63 minutes)
00:01 Marina de Tavira for Roma (!) and women's stories at the Oscars
05:00 Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman & Coen brothers Buster Scruggs
12:00 Netflix and working hard for your nominations; it pays off
17:00 The joy of reaction videos: Richard E Grant and more
20:30 Best Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel for Never Look Away
23:30 Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, or Rami Malek?
29:45 No more Potterverse nominations but that Elizabeth vs Mary franchise never goes away. And the same people are rewarded for it again!
32:35 Nominations we don't quite understand but aren't opposed to.
40:00 A24 Oscar fate: First Reformed and Eighth Grade
43:15 Discussions of these career moments and potential futures for the 20 acting nominees. 
57:00 Saying nice things about Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody
60:00 Random happy thoughts to wrap-up

Referenced in the Pod
Bobby Pontillas (animated short) reaction video
Richard E Grant (supporting actor) reaction video
Oscar Charts
• And this Blanchett-obsessed acceptance speech from Jenny Shircore...

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? 

Deep dive into the nominations

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Roma had big coattails which carried both of its main actors into noms. I guess it does get to be said now it's not just a "director" movie, but it's a rather funny game. As one who predicted Aparicio would get a nom, I don't think her performance is quite up to snuff compared to so many other fine ones this year in the category.

I'm holding out hope that the Mahershala choo-choo train is just an illusion started by the Globes making up for not rewarding him for Moonlight. But it seems to have a life of its own now and he probably wins.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

Saving it for tonight. I'll open a bottle of wine.

In the meantime, google the official poster of Les Césars 2018 and post it here. We need beauty in this world.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

If Ali wins SAG and Bafta deals done,I'm hoping veteran Elliott takes it with SAG and Grant at Bafta then we have a race..

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Glenn Close gets the boost. Would be nice if Lanthimos or Aronofsky took an active interest in her. I want a followup nod or nods after this win because why the hell not? Why send an overdue actor away once they win the elusive big one?

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I'd like to know why Glenn didn't have great movie offers pouring in all this time. Or why she turned any down if she did. Most of the films she's done have been with low-profile directors and wouldn't garner much attention without her.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

The best reaction video is the one with the ladies of RBG because there's only one spot left and they both think is going to the Fred Rogers doc.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Wonderful podcast, as always.
My theory for the "Never Look Away" cinematography is that "Roma" completely dominated the ballot, hogging most of the votes, and the surplus rule sent the realocated votes to the other expected nominees, that were already doing fine by themselves.
That left a small amount of votes to be counted and gave a chance to "Never Look Away", which had a very respect, very due cinematographer, who is a former academy governor for the branch, to get nominated with very small support.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVictor S

Marlee Fuckin' Matlin. Is that the name you were thinking of dear Nathaniel?

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kathleen

I miss the five screens with the names and the faces in the announcement.

January 25, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSalma

This was a delightful podcast, with great questions for Oscar geeks everywhere. Three days after Christmas morning, you're having so much fun playing with your toys!

I think you all better get ready for Rami Malek to win Best Actor. Say what you will about the movie, the character elicits a lot of sympathy and the performance has the technical showiness that makes it easy for voters to recognize as "best."

January 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

I'm going to pretend that the Bohemian Rhapsody Sound Editing nomination is solely for the sound of the band members clutching their pearls when Freddie suggests that they stay to party...

January 26, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Here are the ladies of RBG. The suspense, the drama... this video has everything!

January 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

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