Oscar Podcast Preview – Return of the King Clean Sweeps

2003 was the year Peter Jackson, and his collaborators, finally collected gold on their Middle Earth trilogy. Return of the King was the grand slam, filling the bases and bring it all home. It won all of the 11 Oscars it was nominated for. The bigger fan you were of the films the...
Posted On 04 Apr 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview 2001 – A Beautiful Mind and Halle and Denzel

2001 will always be remembered as the year the first black actress won in the lead category. It wasn’t just that, though. Both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won that night.  Here we are, an unbelievable twelve years later and no black actress has come close, save Viola...
Posted On 14 Dec 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview — 1998 Shakespeare in Love beats Saving Private Ryan

It was a dramatic Oscar year, one where Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was expected to take the big prize. Spielberg had won the DGA, after all, and would go on to win Best Director. But there were some rumblings afoot that Shakespeare in Love, the film that was...
Posted On 02 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

The Shawkshank Redemption might be the best film that never won Best Picture, or very nearly that. But nothing was going to beat Forrest Gump that year, not even Pulp Fiction. 1994 seems to be a memorable year for many film fans because of those two movies specifically. Both are...
Posted On 05 Oct 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview: Schindler’s List, the Unequivocal Best Picture winner

There are very few Oscar years like 1993, when Schindler’s List won Best Picture. Inevitability took hold in the decades before, say, the 1970s frequently. But after the 1970s, when everything changed, surprise winners were more likely. Then, after Chariots of Fire all bets...
Posted On 27 Sep 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1992

Unforgiven won the Oscar for Clint Eastwood in 1992.  The best picture nominees that year did not include the year’s best film which was Robert Altman’s The Player. Oscar voters like to reward movies about themselves in a flattering reach-around. But they don’t...
Posted On 21 Sep 2013

Previewing The Pivotal Year of 1989 for Oscar Podcast

1989 is one of the years we continually refer back to as it was both one of the only Oscar years where Best Picture went to a film without a directing nomination for its director, and it was also the year the Academy shut out Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.  I wrote about...
Posted On 22 Aug 2013

Oscar Podcast Takes on Rain Man

In case you are interested, Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I have been going through the Oscar years starting with the 1970s. This week we tackle 1988 when Rain Man won Best Picture. Rain Man is one of the few films to go down as the box office champ of the year and win Best...
Posted On 20 Aug 2013

Oscar Podcast Episode 25

In case you missed it, our latest podcast was dedicated to Ebert. Have a listen. Next week we will return to the 1970s, with the year Godfather II beat Chinatown.
Posted On 09 Apr 2013

Podcasting with Tom O’Neil

In case you aren’t sick of us by now, here is another podcast with Tom O’Neil where we sort sift through the ashes of this crazy year.  Head on over to Gold Derby.
Posted On 16 Feb 2013