OSCAR TALK: Ep. 35 — ‘Secretariat’ hopes, ‘The Way Back’ enters the race, ‘Nowhere Boy,’ ‘Hereafter’ and listener questions

Posted by · 8:23 am · October 8th, 2010

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar’s stage and we’re here to address it all as it unfolds.

Can you believe it’s already October? Next month every film will have screened and before long we’ll be reporting National Board of Review winners. Contenders are beginning to hit theaters as we move into the fall, so let’s see what’s on the docket today…

Disney’s “Secretariat” opens this weekend, met with middling reviews that still indicate a pass on the critics’ part. We talk briefly about whether Oscar potential has changed.

Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” has officially entered the race with a one-week qualifying run in December. Having seen the film, I offer my perspective on awards possibilities and shower some more praise.

With “Nowhere Boy” also opening this weekend, we’re reminded of a BAFTA fave that could re-insert itself in the conversation this year. Anne has seen it, I haven’t, so we defer to her thoughts here.

We also talk about Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” which hits theaters next weekend. Though we both find (entirely different) things to praise, we both agree it’ll be a tough road to Oscar.

There has been a lot of moving and shaking at indieWIRE lately, with Todd McCarthy heading over to The Hollywood Reporter and Anne taking on the role of editor-at-large. Some quick inside baseball on the matter.

Finally, we took you up on your suggestion and added a listener questions element to the podcast. We answer as many as we can without going too long, making for, I think, a great first installment. Topics include the awards potential of “Shutter Island,” the Best Picture push for “Toy Story 3 and our opinions on the Best Picture winners of the last decade.

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  • 1 10-10-2010 at 12:37 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Great podcast. These would have been my choices for each year:

    2000: Gladiator or Traffic
    2001: Monster’s Ball or Black Hawk Down
    2002: City of God or Adaptation
    2003: Mystic River
    2004: Million Dollar Baby or Sideways
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2006: The Departed or Letters From Iwo Jima
    2007: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford or Ratatouille
    2008: Milk or The Dark Knight
    2009: The Hurt Locker

  • 2 10-17-2010 at 2:47 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I’m late to this game but still want to contribute. I will name my pick for Best Picture out of the actual nominees and then indicate in parentheses my pick in general if it differs.

    2000: Traffic (Requiem for a Dream)
    2001: Moulin Rouge (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
    2002: The Hours (Adaptation. or About Schmidt)
    2003: Lost in Translation
    2004: Sideways (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
    2005: Brokeback Mountain
    2006: Babel
    2007: There Will Be Blood
    2008: Slumdog Millionaire (The Wrestler)
    2009: Inglourious Basterds