We’re discussing the latest developments as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sussexit the royal family. And then we turn our attention to the Academy Award nominations, which are mostly good and only a little bit embarrassing. What is a lot embarrassing is the ongoing struggle within the Academy to overcome biases regarding films by women and people of color. Join us as we break down the nominations and pitch some ideas for new Oscar categories that could address some the Academy’s issues with diverse filmmaking.
2013 was a great year in film. It was a “dart year”, meaning that if you threw a dart, you would hit a movie deserving of recognition and praise. It’s the kind of year where there are no real snubs, simply because there was an abundance of good work, not only from actors and directors, but writers, cinematographers, editors, composers, stylists, and engineers—everyone was firing on all cylinders last year. That said, there will definitely be regrets about the 2014 Oscars within five years. Not all of these movies are going to hold up—in fact, I can already pick four on the Best Picture list that won’t hold up at all: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.