The beginning is spent a bit on Man of Steel but we eventually get to the year 1982 when Chariots of Fire was the surprising, and disappointing, winner.
It was a strange year, 1980, when the Academy chose Robert Redford’s crowing achievement over Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull. But the real race was in the Best Actress category, with Sissy Spacek up against Mary Tyler Moore, Ellen Bursteyn, Gena Rowlands and Goldie Hawn. Have a listen.
It was the year Kramer vs. Kramer went head to head with Breaking Away, Apocalypse Now, All that Jazz and Norma Rae. A great year indeed and the last as we exit, sadly, the 1970s.
We welcome my old friend Michael who used to be my boss at Main Street Video in Santa Monica back in the 1980s.
The post-Cannes debriefing with Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and me. We talk the highs and the lows, how great the Soderbergh was and whether it’s appropriate to be creeped out by the critical reception to Blue is the Warmest Colour.
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What a great year 1978 was, when the Deer Hunter went up against Coming Home. Two movies about Vietnam from different points of view. While I think The Deer Hunter deserved to win, Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams are on the side of Coming Home.
It was also the year Scorsese made The Last Waltz, ignored by the Oscars.
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This week we had much to talk about but decided to keep it as one long podcast rather than divide it up into two. I don’t know who would ever want to listen to two hours of this but we seemed to have a lot to say this week.
Steven Soderbergh and the State of Cinema and Oscar year 1977 – Annie Hall, Star Wars and Vanessa Redgrave.