OSCAR TALK: Ep. 50 — Special Edition! — Nod postmortem with Guy Lodge and Peter Knegt

Posted by · 12:18 pm · January 25th, 2011

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.

Unless you’ve been under a rock this morning, you’re aware of the day’s big news. Oscar nominations were revealed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 24 categories. And, as is typically, there were enough eyebrow-raisers to give us a ton to talk about. We’ve got IC’s own Guy Lodge and indieWIRE‘s Peter Knegt on board. Also, it’s our 50th episode! Let’s see what’s on the docket today…

The first shocker of the morning’s announcement was the lack of Christopher Nolan in the Best Director line-up.

Being in Park City with Anne, Peter points out that last year’s Sundance field had a strong showing in this year’s Oscar line-up.

“The King’s Speech” brought in a massive haul of nominations, but is that enough to consider it the new frontrunner? We discuss.

We also spotlight curious decisions throughout the acting fields that could be indicative of this or that.

One of the strongest fields, we all agree, is the Best Documentary Feature category (where “Waiting for Superman” was an unexpected snub). Can Banksy win an Oscar?

Also surprising for many was the inclusion of “Dogtooth” in the foreign film category. We talk about the possibilities of that race, as well.

We run through all the categories with our predictions in each field (and Anne had to leave in the middle, but us dudes finished it up).

And finally, reader questions. Guy, Peter and I answer a few of your pressing queries from this morning.

Have a listen to the new podcast below. It’s a long one, and all over the place with four voices. If the file cuts off for you at any time, try the back-up download link at the bottom of this post. And as always, remember to subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.


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  • 1 1-25-2011 at 11:12 pm

    arjay said...

    Roderick Jaynes is another fake oscar nominee.

  • 2 1-26-2011 at 1:07 am

    darklayers said...

    For an additional point in terms of predicting “The Social Network,” Scott Feinberg pointed out on Oscar Poker: “I think they (pundits predicting TKS) have to look harder for a reason to explain why Fincher would win but “Social Network” wouldn’t than we would to say that” Look, if Fincher’s such an obvious choice, then why isn’t the “Social Network.”

    They’re banking on the Pic-Dir. relationship in the past. You didn’t specifically address the splits-rarely-occur argument.

  • 3 1-26-2011 at 3:23 am

    Jim T said...

    “By the way, I do wonder.. Is Jeff Bridges the first person to be nominated for a role that was previously nominated for an Oscar?”

    A Star is Born, too.

  • 4 1-26-2011 at 4:02 am

    Graysmith said...


    None of the people you listed had the kind of precursor support Garfield had though, who had BFCA, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. You can’t deny that him missing the Oscar nomination was something of an upset, which really can’t be said for anyone else from those past Best Picture winners, save for Nicholson.

    I think The King’s Speech has the momentum at the moment, it’s in theaters, it gets all the headlines for being the most nominated film and all that, but I definitely still think it’s a two-horse race. The Social Network is surely not down and out just because Garfield missed.

  • 5 1-26-2011 at 4:15 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Graysmith: Garfield missing wasn’t an upset — he’d been borderline ever since that SAG snub.

  • 6 1-26-2011 at 5:14 am

    Alex in Movieland said...


    to answer your question, :)
    Yes, they did almost award once someone who doesn’t exist. Donald Kaufman for Adaptation.’s Adapted Screenplay :)

  • 7 1-26-2011 at 9:49 am

    Joey said...

    Chcolate Flan aka Black Flan
    Dream within a Dreamsicle drink
    The King’s Peach Cobbler
    Truly Cheesy Grits

    I was thinking about printing of a Pizza Planet logo for Toy Story 3…

    I’m actually having a hard time thinking of other food that I want to serve my shindig. I might steal the Winter’s Bone-less wings though…

  • 8 1-26-2011 at 4:12 pm

    BK said...

    Why isn’t this up on iTunes? I wanted to listen to it on my walk to campus in the morning. Oh well.

  • 9 1-26-2011 at 4:14 pm

    BK said...

    Oh nevermind. Just read comments above and you already said you dont know why. oops!

  • 10 1-28-2011 at 5:15 pm

    Chris Freeman said...

    Alright I have to ask… what is the song called and what movie is it from at the end of the podcast… I KNOW this one but I can’t think of it.