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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

    213 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette

    213 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette

    As Cate Blanchett inches towards a possible third acting Oscar with this week’s Tár, we look back at the quickly forgotten Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Based on the praised novel by Maria Semple about an eccentric former architect’s disappearance, the film paired Blanchett with director Richard Linklater (and reunited her with actor Billy Crudup, playing her husband) and faced numerous delays from distributor Annapurna despite its pedigree. Linklater streamlined the novel’s techno-epistolary structure, resulting in a more straightforward film that lost much of the novel’s unique comic tone and character insights. Though Blanchett would earn a Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy nomination at the Globes, the film was already long forgotten at that point of the season.

    This episode, Blanchett joins our Six Timers Club and we talk about the barrier of entry to third acting Oscar wins. We also look at Crudup’s filmography and his shockingly paltry lack of awards love, Linklater as a director hard to pin down to a career narrative, and Annapurna’s bumpy and brief road from production company to distributor.

    Topics also include “prepandemic” as a concept, Broadway actors telling stories at benefits, and Tyra interviewing Beyoncé.

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    212 – The Bling Ring (with George Civeris)

    212 – The Bling Ring (with George Civeris)

    StaightioLab cohost and Gawker editor George Civeris returns to us this episode, and we’re going to Paris’. In 2013, Sofia Coppola delivered another tale of disaffected youth, this time ripped from gossip column headlines with The Bling Ring. With a post-Harry Potter Emma Watson at the center, the film follows several Los Angeles celeb-obsessed teens who famously got busted for breaking into the homes of tabloid staples like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Already demoted to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section (after Marie Antoinette was notoriously booed in competition), the film was one of the director’s most harshly received films for its depiction of teen misguidedness.

    This episode, we talk about our varying opinions on Watson’s performance and our picks for the weakest films in Coppola’s oeuvre. We also talk about comparisons to another film from A24′s first year, the film’s atypical portrayal of the gay teen experience, and the film’s precisely-timed soundtrack.

    Topics also include how mid-aughts celeb culture has evolved to today, Secret Celebrity Drag Race, and another round of Alter Egos.

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Reunited at TIFF!

    Reunited at TIFF!

    It’s an annual tradition! Joe and Chris (reunited for the first time in years!) are reporting on the films of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, including this year’s (Not Grolsch) People’s Choice Award winner: Steven Spielberg’s The Fablemans. And we’ve got bets against each other gaining some heat! This episode, we unpack our feelings about some of the festival’s biggest titles including Glass Onion, Women Talking, The Woman King, The Banshees of Inisherin, and The Inspection. We also discuss potential THOB titles of the future, Taylor Swift crowd control, and the dire Best Actor race. Topics also include the TIFF preroll ads, International Feature contenders, and TIFF’s history of People’s Choice winners and Oscar.

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    • 1 hr 54 min
    211 – Mermaids

    211 – Mermaids

    We’ve got a personal favorite coming to you today starring one of our most beloved icons! After winning her Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck, Cher then conquered the world with the album Heart of Stone, and didn’t return to the cinema until 1990′s Mermaids. With Cher as a mother of two rebuking societal expectations, the film also starred the recently Oscar nominated Bob Hoskins, Christina Ricci in her debut, and the ascendant Winona Ryder. A female-led comedy about mothers and daughters, the film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Ryder, but ultimately missed out on Oscar while being released between two Best Picture winners from the dying Orion Pictures.

    This episode, we talk about the film’s fraught beginnings with several replaced directors with differing tonal visions for the film and Ryder’s fast rise as prestige actress. We also talk about odd 1990 Golden Globe choices including Ghost and Green Card, life lessons learned too early from formative cinema, and Richard Benjamin’s directorial career.

    Topics also include Cher joining TikTok, marshmallow snacks, and Bob Hoskins being hot.

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    Chris: @chrisvfeil

    • 1 hr 38 min
    210 – 25th Hour

    210 – 25th Hour

    We talk about a lot of films dealing with the social and political aftermath of 9/11 but few like this week’s episode: Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. Filmed in New York City in the months after and adapted by David Benioff from his own novel, the film captures that dysphoria while following a drug dealer played by Edward Norton as he prepares to enter prison. Lee gives us several showstoppers, including the notorious “fuck you” mirror monologue from Norton and a fantasy finale told by Brian Cox. But the film was handled by Disney’s less awards-certified Touchstone Pictures and opened at the end of December 2002, famously crowded with contenders including what would make up the entire Best Picture lineup.

    If 25th Hour got lost in the shuffle (and cultural-political moment), it now has its vocal fans like your two hosts! This episode, we’ll get into Lee’s long history as an Oscar outsider leading up to his recent success, Norton’s fast ascent with a trio of roles in a single year, and the prowess of Lee’s standby composer, the great Terence Blanchard.

    Topics also include Cox’s scene stealing in 2002, Rosario Dawson bringing reliable realism, and 2002 Best Original Score.

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    Chris: @chrisvfeil

    • 1 hr 49 min
    209 – A Walk on the Moon (with Tara Ariano)

    209 – A Walk on the Moon (with Tara Ariano)

    This week, Tara Ariano returns to us to talk about a forgotten and quite lovely independent film from 1999, A Walk on the Moon. The first feature directed by actor Tony Goldwyn, the film stars Diane Lane as a late 1960s housewife who has a sexual awakening with a hippie blouse salesman (played by Viggo Mortensen) while vacationing with her family. With Anna Paquin and Liev Schreiber respectively as daughter and husband, the film features Woodstock and the moon landing in the background of this quite potent take on female sexuality and the effect of young parenthood. The film had a quiet spring release after debuting at Sundance, but year-end critical notices kept Lane in the awards conversation.

    The film also has similar shades of what Lane would turn into an Oscar nominated role just a few years later with Unfaithful. This episode, we’ll discuss Mortensen’s deep bench of pre-LOTR roles, Happy, Texas’ famous post-Sundance financial failure, and how this film avoids the typical “Woodstock movie” trappings.

    Topics also include Julie Kavner as Big Brother, gay euphemisms, and the immediate cultural impact of Ghost.

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    Chris: @chrisvfeil


    Tara: @taraariano

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Chief_Chirper ,

Love this podcast

Just listened to your Mermaids ep and it was such a pleasure to hear Joe talk about his love for this film. All his favourite moments are the same as mine! Rachel Flaaaax. Such a perfect movie and perfect listen.

Secret Honor ,

And the nominees aren’t....

My favourite podcast. Learn about the ups and downs of a movie on its Rocky Road to not winning, with our genial and hilarious hosts. who have great knowledge and chemistry

Archipelago man ,

Great

This is the buzz. Very good conversations and great picks for the films.
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