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Oscar Podcast #42: Fall Festivals Kick Off Oscar Season with La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals

The Venice and Telluride Film Festivals have kicked off the beginning of Oscar season (even though we’ve been at it for months!), giving us a first look at some major fall players like La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals.

With my guest, Gold Rush Gang member Bryan Bonefede, we discuss how these films and their mostly stellar reviews have boosted their Oscar profiles among the Gold Rush Gang and how mixed to bad responses of Bleed for This and Wakefield have basically sunk theirs. We also talk about Sully and if this ‘meat & potatoes’ film will be a Best Picture contender or not.

The second half of the podcast we cover the impact of Nate Parker’s rape controversy on his film, The Birth of a Nation, and how the GRG responded in terms of Oscar predictions.

Finally, I had to get out a beef from this week of the rumor going around that Paramount is planning on running Viola Davis in supporting for Fences. I don’t agree and think that floating the ‘rumor’ as fact or information isn’t the best way to have an Oscar conversation. Although the role in the original version of the Broadway play won the Tony for a Featured Actress for Mary Alice, Davis won the Tony in 2010 in LEAD and has spoken up about her role being even bigger in the film than in the revival of the play.

Tell me what you think about that and all of these subjects in the comments section or in the AwardsWatch forums. If you enjoy AwardsWatch’s podcasts, please take a moment to fill out this very brief survey. Thanks!!

The opening music is “City of Stars” from La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate) and the closing music is “New York City by Day” by Thomas Newman from the film Desperately Seeking Susan.

This podcast runs about 1h 45m.

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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 (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.

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  • RaginModerate

    Do you think that a 10% increase in AMPAS diversity membership will be enough to tilt things other than a few movies on the bubble? So it might get Moonlight a nom, assuming they all nominate it as their top film or near the top. But will it affect other categories?

    • AwardsWatch

      It’s tough to say that 10% will make a HUGE difference but if you believe that every vote counts then closer races could certainly be tipped in favor of diversity.

  • Michael

    Where did your podcast go?

    • AwardsWatch

      There’s actually a new one coming up momentarily!

      • Michael

        Awesome! Really enjoyed it!

        • AwardsWatch

          Thank you, Michael! Lucky to have such a great guest like Kyle Buchanan. Lots of insight and knowledge and a nice guy.