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Oscar Podcast #55: New Academy Members, Fall Festivals and July Oscar Predictions

This 55th Oscar podcast I’m joined by no less than three esteemed Gold Rush Gang members – Jason Osiason, Richard Anthony and Matt Dinn.

We open on a discussion of the 774 Academy invitees announced two weeks ago and some of the backlash against names some felt were diluting the membership. We talk about how last year’s new group impacted Moonlight‘s Best Picture win this year and how this new group will shape future nominees and winners.

Then it’s onto the Venice and New York Film Festivals and who we think will show up. Between previous director and studio relationships there’s a wealth of opportunities for films to make their big awards breakthroughs here. Films like The Shape of WaterSuburbiconWonderstruck and mother! are all aiming for prime time spots in world’s bests fests.

Throughout we discuss Oscar potential for films but we close on some more specific categories and films. DetroitBlade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk get a lot podcast play, as does Supporting Actor and the Screenplay categories, where Original is overstuffed with contenders and Adapted is struggling for five that make sense.

With music this podcast runs 2h 7m.

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About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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