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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.

    Class of 2019

    Class of 2019

    With last week’s announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominees, we can now discuss the episode a year in the making (or, in the case of The Current War, several years): the This Had Oscar Buzz Class of 2019.

    In keeping with last year’s tradition, we’ve broken the films up into several categories: The Cake Memorial Prize for happiest miss, The Justice for “Slaughter Race” Prize for saddest miss, The Dr. Louise Banks Award for most surprising shutout, the Unfinished Life Prize for most forgettable, the Angela’s Ashes technicality prize, and the Welcome to Marwen Prize for most anticipated episode.

    We naturally rage against the snub of Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, make promises of an eventual Cats episode, and highlight what makes this year’s Independent Spirit Awards so special. Apologies for the delay in the arrival of the episode!!

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    077 – Seven Years in Tibet

    077 – Seven Years in Tibet

    As Brad Pitt cements his status as a frontrunner in this year’s Oscar race for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we decided to take another look back at his reign as prestige hottie in the 90s. After nearly missing a win on his first nomination for 12 Monkeys, Brad Pitt’s red hot persona yielded an Oscar expectation that was met with disappointing projects before Fight Club reignited. But one of his most prominent misfires of that era was the misguided and milquetoast Seven Years in Tibet.

    The film follows Pitt as mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, who becomes tutor to the young Dalai Lama before and during the invasion of Tibet. While the film fumbles in trying to generate the kind of epic period sweep that Oscar often rewards, its biggest issues lie in a narrative that indulges in cultural tourism, pacifies its true-life protagonist’s Nazi associations, and offers one of the most underwhelming uses of Pitt’s star persona. This week, we’re looking at Pitt’s ascension as 90s peak sexpot, and the Oscar year that favored another epic (you know, the boat one) and a different handsome blond actor.

    Topics also include the 90s pop culture obsession with the Dalai Lama (including Scorsese’s Kundun in the same year), the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, and Pitt’s shaky abilities with dialects.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    076 – In Her Shoes

    076 – In Her Shoes

    Though it was not the victor of our Listeners’ Choice, the very vocal fans of In Her Shoes told us we shouldn’t make you wait for this one any longer. Starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, this one has slowly gained its admirers after  disappointing box office and failing to turn Shirley MacLaine’s 2005 comeback into awards gold. Count Chris and Joe among that fanbase.

    Dismissed initially by critics as a “chick lit” trifle in favor of more masculine fare, In Her Shoes is an emotionally rich tale of two sisters reconciling their relationship and the baggage from their mother’s untimely death. With MacLaine as the grandmother they didn’t know they had, the film is a perfect match of coziness and pathos that we adore. My Marcia would never speak ill of In Her Shoes, My Marcia loves In Her Shoes.

    This week, we long for the return of Cameron Diaz as we dub this her greatest performance. We also discuss the underrated filmography of director Curtis Hanson, Diaz’s MTV Movie Awards dominance, and Collette’s history as one half of iconic female cinematic duos.

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    075 – Cloud Atlas

    075 – Cloud Atlas

    We’re bringing 2019 to a close with another Listeners’ Choice, and our listeners have chosen perhaps what will be our most daunting title yet: 2012′s interconnected science fiction opus from Lana & Lilly Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas! This tale of several stories spanning generations, genres, and continents launched its Oscar hopes with a jaw-dropping, mega-sized trailer, and lost them just as quickly with an extremely divisive critical reception at TIFF. Led by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, the film takes massive narrative and emotional leaps that were ultimately too much for Oscar and general audiences.

    But you can consider both Chris and Joe as firmly in the positive for this film, while also accepting of its ambitious flaws. This week, we spend the majority of this episode unraveling the many threads and issues within the film (Yellow face makeup, its near three hour length, its dizzying construction), and just what stirs our affection for it (its spiritual convictions, general audacity, and of course “The Cloud Atlas Sextet”).

    Topics also include Ben Whishaw’s whittle butt, Hurricane Sandy, and who would play our own personal Old Georgies. You true-true-ly chose a great movie for us, and we love you all the more for it!

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    • 1 hr 54 min
    A Holiday Mailbag!

    A Holiday Mailbag!

    As an exciting holiday treat to show our love to our lovely listeners, Joe and Chris have wrapped up a special mailbag episode to answer all of your burning questions! This week, we’ll be unpacking everything from This Had Oscar Buzz lore to the current Oscar season to Oscar history. We’ll be looking back at recent Oscar nomination morning presentations, the 2002 Best Actress lineup, and decide our pick for the greatest Oscar host of all time.

    Topics also include what a Hustlers Christmas special might look like, our specific menu for essential movie snacks, and the THOBiest round of F**k Marry Kill you’ve ever heard. And thanks to one brilliant listener, we even have a fun new game thrown into our rotation! Thank you so much to all of you for your exceptional questions and your support throughout the year!

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    • 2 hrs 3 min
    074 – Welcome to Marwen

    074 – Welcome to Marwen

    We’re cracking open the lid on the coffin of the This Had Oscar Buzz Class of 2018 for the first time this week! And as promised, the first title that we’re diving into is Robert Zemeckis’s uncanny valley disasterpeace Welcome to Marwen. Based on the documentary Marwencol and the life of artist Mark Hogancamp, the film follows Hogancamp (played by Steve Carell) in the fallout of a brutal attach as he creates a fictional village of dolls inspired by the women in his life.

    But the film half takes place in Marwen, bizarrely trapping the film in Mark’s imagination while only loosely relating to his real-world troubles and subjecting us to Zemeckis’ unintentionally horrifying dolls-come-to-life CGI. Naturally, we spend most of the film wishing it developed the female characters beyond their role as caregivers instead of wasting the talents of Leslie Mann, Merritt Weaver, Janelle Monáe, and Gwendoline Christie.

    This episode, we look back at Zemeckis’ increasingly diminishing returns beginning with The Polar Express, Carell’s less successful performances, and the perils of Forrest Gump.

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    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

EoinDaly ,

Perfect Podcast!!!

This podcast perfectly explores all my favourite things. Actresses, oscars, failure, camp and so much more. Film fans should tune in weekly just to understand how the term oscar bait originated. You should also listen and watch along as you’ll discover so many forgotten films whether they be good or bad.

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