Oscar Podcast Preview: 2004 – The Last Game Changer, Million Dollar Baby

The interesting thing about 2004 is that two things happened that year. The first, the Academy had changed the date for the Oscars to being one month earlier. Ten years later we see that no film can really win Best Picture as a late game entry. The last one to do this was Clint...
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview: 2002, Chicago Barely Beats The Pianist

Now that this year’s Oscar season has been put to bed we’re going to be relaunching our Oscar Podcast, finishing out the 2000s. This upcoming episode will be taking a long look at 2002. That was the year Daniel Day Lewis and Jack Nicholson both lost their expected...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview – Gladiator beats Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic

2000 was the year Gladiator became the film to beat.   While some of us were holding out hope that Ang Lee’s wire-fu masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would have won – it was a foreign language film and those never win. Crowding in close was Steven...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview 1999 — American Beauty beats a dozen better movies

After feeling the sting of Oscar defeat the year before when Saving Private Ryan was outflanked by Miramax and Shakespeare in Love, Dreamworks rallied in 1999 to end the millennium with a victory in 5 top categories for American Beauty. Despite Harvey Weinstein’s aggressive...
Posted On 10 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1997, Titanic beats As Good as it Gets, LA Confidential

The year began with one film sweeping the critics awards. LA Confidential was the film that won Boston, the Critics Choice, Los Angeles, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York, and the WGA. But it did not win the DGA (Cameron, Titanic) and it...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1996

The weeks are flying by as we comb through Oscar’s past. This weekend we’ll be diving in 1996, not a great year overall for film. To me it’s known as the Fargo year, though the big winner was The English Patient, which entered the race with virtually no...
Posted On 18 Oct 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview: 1995 Braveheart wins.

It was the year of David Fincher’s Se7en. It was the year of the Usual Suspects. It was the year of Nixon. And it was the year that Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility split up the early vote sending the Oscar race into a tailspin. Up...
Posted On 12 Oct 2013

Final Podcast of 2012

Ryan, Craig Kennedy and I got together for another podcast, our 14th. I did one with Jeff Wells yesterday too on Hollywood-Elsewhere.com. Have a listen!
Posted On 01 Jan 2013

Oscar Podcast, Episode 10

In which Sasha, Craig, Erik and Ryan take look at hot prospects for three major critics awards about to rain down upon us over the next several days — the NYFCC, NBR and LAFCA. There’s probably definitely not any crude talk about blowjobs, or maybe there is. Oscar...
Posted On 02 Dec 2012

Oscar Podcast Episode 9

On this podcast, Craig, Ryan and I discuss Life of Pi, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty. If you’d like to listen, click here.
Posted On 27 Nov 2012