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Oscar Podcast Preview – When No Country for Old Men Couldn’t Lose

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“He’s a psychopathic killer but so what.” “You seem like a man who wouldn’t want to waste a chair.” “If the road you followed has led you to this, of what use was the road?” “The coin ain’t got no say.” “I’m just looking for what’s coming.” “But you never see that. Beer. That’s what coming.” “That’s foolish. You pick the one right tool.” “Are you going to shoot me?”…

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Oscar Podcast Preview: Marty Finally Wins Big

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2006 stands apart as one of my favorite Oscar years because it was like this past year in a way. It’s rare that the film I personally WANT to win actually wins. It was made all the sweeter by my own instincts about it winning being right on the money, as opposed to what many of my colleagues thought – that it was too dark to win, that a movie…

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Oscar Podcast Preview: 2005 – Oscar’s Unforgettable Year, Brokeback Mountain Loses to Crash

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The morning after Brokeback Mountain lost I got an email from a reader, a very young reader in a foreign country, who told me that he would have killed himself that night had he not found Oscarwatch. The reason was mainly that he’d found a place where people were bitching about it – loudly, as is our wont. We knew it meant a lot that Brokeback Mountain, which had won…

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Oscar Podcast Preview – Return of the King Clean Sweeps

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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 better you did on the Oscar contest that year. But there were other movies, most notably, Lost…

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

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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 Davis – whose part just wasn’t big enough, whose wasn’t naked enough, and who wasn’t Meryl Streep. I’m all for giving Meryl…

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

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

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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 heading into the Best Picture race with the most nominations, was going to win. The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan had…

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

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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 continually celebrated the way the older generations celebrate Citizen Kane and Vertigo. Shawshank is somehow the most poetic thing when…

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

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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 were off. But the Schindler’s Lists in Oscar history are few and far between. That is, a perfect storm of an overdue director, subject matter and…

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Oscar Podcast Preview – 1992

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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 like it so much when a writer, or a director, nails them. The Player’s basic plot repeats itself continually in Hollywood. Whether it’s the drugged out and…

Previewing The Pivotal Year of 1989 for Oscar Podcast

Previewing The Pivotal Year of 1989 for Oscar Podcast

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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 it for an Oscar Flashback already. Essential viewing for next week’s podcast would have to include…