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"And the Runner-Up Is" is the movie review show that highlights the film that was the probable runner-up for Best Picture at the Oscars in any given year. Host Kevin Jacobsen and special guests break down the film's merits, why it got so close to winning but ultimately came up short and whether it, in fact, deserved to win Best Picture.

And the Runner-Up I‪s‬ Kevin Jacobsen

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    • 4.5 • 80 Ratings

"And the Runner-Up Is" is the movie review show that highlights the film that was the probable runner-up for Best Picture at the Oscars in any given year. Host Kevin Jacobsen and special guests break down the film's merits, why it got so close to winning but ultimately came up short and whether it, in fact, deserved to win Best Picture.

    Q&A Wrap-Up

    Q&A Wrap-Up

    It's the Q&A episode of And the Runner-Up Is! Kevin welcomes back Sebastian Gronback to help break down your general questions about the podcast, Oscar history and so much more. Plus, Kevin reveals the top vote-getters in the And the Runner-Up Is best episodes of 2020-21 poll!
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
     Follow Sebastian Gronback on Twitter:
    @sebasgronback
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    @OscarRunnerUp
    Theme/End Music is "The Virtue" by Jonathan Adamich

    • 1 hr 18 min
    7th Heaven (feat. Erik Anderson)

    7th Heaven (feat. Erik Anderson)

    In this final episode of the Best Picture era of And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes back AwardsWatch founder Erik Anderson to talk about Frank Borzage's '7th Heaven,' the presumed runner-up in the 1927-28 Oscar race that lost to 'Wings.'
    0:00 - 1:15 - Introduction
    1:16 - 39:58 - '7th Heaven' review
    39:59 - 1:33:58 - Why '7th Heaven' lost Best Picture
    1:33:59 - 1:57:57 - Shoulda been a contender
    1:57:58 - 2:10:03 - Did '7th Heaven' deserve to win?
    Vote for your favorite episodes of 2020 (and early 2021) here:
    https://taloson.survey.fm/and-runner-up-is-awards-2020
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
     Follow Erik Anderson on Twitter:
    @awards_watch
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Theme/End Music is "The Virtue" by Jonathan Adamich

    • 2 hr 10 min
    How Did They Win: "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre (2015)

    How Did They Win: "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre (2015)

    Listen to a PREVIEW of the seventh episode of How Did They Win, a special bonus series you can hear on the And the Runner-Up Is Patreon exclusive feed!
    How Did They Win is a series in which Kevin is joined by special guests in breaking down a notable Oscar category outside of Best Picture. In this episode, Kevin speaks with Tom O'Brien and Amy Thomasson about "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre" winning Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars. This episode includes a breakdown of each nominee, a discussion of why they were nominated, why four of them lost, why "Writing's on the Wall" won, and all the notable snubs.
    You can listen to more bonus episodes by going to patreon.com/andtherunnerupis and contributing at the $3 per month tier.
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter: 
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
    Follow Tom O'Brien on Twitter: 
    @thomaseobrien
    Follow Amy Thomasson on Twitter: 
    @athomasson11
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Music included on this episode:
    "Writing's on the Wall" - Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
    "Manta Ray" - J. Ralph and Anohni
    "Earned It" - Abel Tesfaye, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville and Ahmad Balshe

    • 23 min
    1917 (feat. Nicole Ackman)

    1917 (feat. Nicole Ackman)

    Kevin welcomes Next Best Picture writer and podcaster Nicole Ackman to talk about Sam Mendes's '1917,' the presumed runner-up in the 2019 Oscar race that lost to 'Parasite.'
    0:00 - 2:43 - Introduction
    2:44 - 46:31 - '1917' review
    46:32 - 2:29:16 - Why '1917' lost Best Picture
    2:29:17 - 2:53:13 - Shoulda been a contender
    2:53:14 - 2:57:41 - Did '1917' deserve to win?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    TheStarDraft link:
    www.thestardraft.com/runnerup
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
     Follow Nicole Ackman on Twitter:
    @nicoleackman16
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Theme/End Music is "The Virtue" by Jonathan Adamich

    • 2 hr 57 min
    For My Consideration: Lagaan (2001)

    For My Consideration: Lagaan (2001)

    Listen to a PREVIEW of the fifth episode of For My Consideration, a special bonus series you can hear on the And the Runner-Up Is Patreon exclusive feed!
    For My Consideration is a series in which Kevin is joined by a special guest in reviewing any film nominated for an Oscar in Academy history, as requested by patrons. In this episode, Kevin speaks with patron Ammaar Tajani about 2001's "Lagaan," India's third and most recent film to earn a nomination in Best International Film. This episode includes a review of the film, a discussion of its award season, and which categories Kevin and Ammaar would nominate the film for at that year's Oscars.   
    You can listen to the full episode by going to patreon.com/andtherunnerupis and contributing at the $3 per month tier.
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
    Follow Ammaar Tajani on Twitter:
    @AmmaarTajani
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:     
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Music included on this episode:     
    "Chale Chalo" by A.R. Rahman

    • 22 min
    In Old Arizona (feat. Tom O'Brien)

    In Old Arizona (feat. Tom O'Brien)

    Kevin welcomes back Next Best Picture and Gold Derby writer Tom O'Brien to talk about Irving Cummings's 'In Old Arizona,' the presumed runner-up in the 1928-29 Oscar race that lost to 'The Broadway Melody.'
    0:00 - 1:10 - Introduction
    1:11 - 30:40 - 'In Old Arizona' review
    30:41 - 1:10:56 - Why 'In Old Arizona' lost Best Picture
    1:10:57 - 1:34:59 - Shoulda been a contender
    1:35:00 - 1:39:20 - Did 'In Old Arizona' deserve to win?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    TheStarDraft link:
    www.thestardraft.com/runnerup
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
     Follow Tom O'Brien on Twitter:
    @thomaseobrien
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Theme/End Music is "The Virtue" by Jonathan Adamich

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

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80 Ratings

80 Ratings

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