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"And the Runner-Up Is" is the Oscar history podcast that highlights past races at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress. Host Kevin Jacobsen and special guests break down why winners won, why losers lost, and which films and contenders were the likely runners-up, falling just short of taking home the gold.

And the Runner-Up Is Kevin Jacobsen

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 92 Ratings

"And the Runner-Up Is" is the Oscar history podcast that highlights past races at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress. Host Kevin Jacobsen and special guests break down why winners won, why losers lost, and which films and contenders were the likely runners-up, falling just short of taking home the gold.

    1937 Best Actress (feat. Sophia Ciminello)

    1937 Best Actress (feat. Sophia Ciminello)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes Sophia Ciminello from the Oscar Wild podcast to discuss the 1937 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Luise Rainer won for her performance in "The Good Earth," beating Irene Dunne in "The Awful Truth," Greta Garbo in "Camille," Janet Gaynor in "A Star Is Born," and Barbara Stanwyck in "Stella Dallas." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to Rainer.
    0:00 - 9:55 - Introduction
    9:56 - 31:04 - Irene Dunne
    31:05 - 51:13 - Greta Garbo
    51:14 - 1:08:09 - Janet Gaynor
    1:08:10 - 1:24:10 - Barbara Stanwyck
    1:24:11 - 1:41:36 - Luise Rainer
    1:41:37 - 2:07:45 - Why Luise Rainer won / Twitter questions
    2:07:46 - 2:14:05 - Who was the runner-up?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
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    Theme/End Music: "Diamonds" by Iouri Sazonov
    Additional Music: "Storming Cinema Ident" by Edward Blakeley
    Artwork: Brian O'Meara

    • 2 hr 14 min
    On Second Thought: The Emigrants (1972)

    On Second Thought: The Emigrants (1972)

    Listen to this PREVIEW of the 46th episode of On Second Thought, a special bonus series you can hear on the And the Runner-Up Is Patreon exclusive feed!
    On Second Thought is a series in which Kevin is joined by TWO special guests in breaking down another Best Picture nominee not reviewed on the regular show that could have still been the runner-up. In this episode, Kevin speaks with Juan Carlos Ojano and Fritz about Jan Troell's "The Emigrants," the possible runner-up that lost Best Picture to "The Godfather" in 1972. This episode includes a review of the film itself, its awards run, and another fun quiz!  
    You can listen to the full episode of On Second Thought by going to patreon.com/andtherunnerupis and contributing at the $3 per month tier.
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:    
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
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    @FritzandOscars
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    @OscarRunnerUp

    • 23 min
    1936 Best Actress (feat. Izzy from Be Kind Rewind)

    1936 Best Actress (feat. Izzy from Be Kind Rewind)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes Izzy from the Be Kind Rewind YouTube channel to discuss the 1936 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Luise Rainer won for her performance in "The Great Ziegfeld," beating Irene Dunne in "Theodora Goes Wild," Gladys George in "Valiant Is the Word for Carrie," Carole Lombard in "My Man Godfrey," and Norma Shearer in "Romeo and Juliet." We discuss all of these performances and discuss why the confirmed runner-up was the runner-up.
    0:00 - 7:35 - Introduction
    7:36 - 23:13 - Irene Dunne
    23:14 - 36:59 - Gladys George
    37:00 - 54:04 - Carole Lombard
    54:05 - 1:06:53 - Norma Shearer
    1:06:54 - 1:18:39 - Luise Rainer
    1:18:40 - 1:36:17 - Why Luise Rainer won / Twitter questions
    1:36:18 - 1:42:24 - Why was ____ the runner-up?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter
    Follow Izzy on Twitter
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    Theme/End Music: "Diamonds" by Iouri Sazonov
    Additional Music: "Storming Cinema Ident" by Edward Blakeley
    Artwork: Brian O'Meara

    • 1 hr 42 min
    1935 Best Actress (feat. Manish Mathur)

    1935 Best Actress (feat. Manish Mathur)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes Manish Mathur of It Pod to be You and Queer and Now to discuss the 1935 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Bette Davis won for her performance in "Dangerous," beating Elisabeth Bergner in "Escape Me Never," Claudette Colbert in "Private Worlds," Katharine Hepburn in "Alice Adams," Miriam Hopkins in "Becky Sharp," and Merle Oberon in "The Dark Angel." We discuss all of these performances and discuss why the confirmed runner-up was the runner-up.
    0:00 - 14:43 - Introduction
    14:44 - 30:04 - Elisabeth Bergner
    30:05 - 43:18 - Claudette Colbert
    43:18 - 1:00:43 - Katharine Hepburn
    1:00:44 - 1:12:57 - Miriam Hopkins
    1:12:58 - 1:26:10 - Merle Oberon
    1:26:11 - 1:37:04 - Bette Davis
    1:37:05 - 1:51:44 - Why Bette Davis won / Twitter questions
    1:51:45 - 1:58:54 - Why was ____ the runner-up?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter
    Follow Manish Mathur on Twitter
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    Theme/End Music: "Diamonds" by Iouri Sazonov
    Additional Music: "Storming Cinema Ident" by Edward Blakeley
    Artwork: Brian O'Meara

    • 1 hr 58 min
    1934 Best Actress (feat. Kimberly Pierce)

    1934 Best Actress (feat. Kimberly Pierce)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes Kimberly Pierce of Ticklish Business to discuss the 1934 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Claudette Colbert won for her performance in "It Happened One Night," beating Grace Moore in "One Night of Love" and Norma Shearer in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," plus write-in candidate Bette Davis in "Of Human Bondage." We discuss all of these performances and discuss why the confirmed runner-up was the runner-up.
    0:00 - 8:37 - Introduction
    8:38 - 23:05 - Grace Moore
    23:06 - 43:09 - Norma Shearer
    43:10 - 1:04:00 - Bette Davis
    1:04:01 - 1:21:30 - Claudette Colbert
    1:21:31 - 1:53:25 - Why Claudette Colbert won / Twitter questions
    1:53:26 - 1:59:29 - Why was ____ the runner-up?
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter
    Follow Kimberly Pierce on Twitter
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter and Instagram
    Theme/End Music: "Diamonds" by Iouri Sazonov
    Additional Music: "Storming Cinema Ident" by Edward Blakeley
    Artwork: Brian O'Meara

    • 1 hr 59 min
    On Second Thought: American Graffiti (1973)

    On Second Thought: American Graffiti (1973)

    Listen to this PREVIEW of the 45th episode of On Second Thought, a special bonus series you can hear on the And the Runner-Up Is Patreon exclusive feed!
    On Second Thought is a series in which Kevin is joined by TWO special guests in breaking down another Best Picture nominee not reviewed on the regular show that could have still been the runner-up. In this episode, Kevin speaks with Charlie Bright and Lauren LaMagna about George Lucas's "American Graffiti," the possible runner-up that lost Best Picture to "The Sting" in 1973. This episode includes a review of the film itself, its awards run, and another fun quiz!  
    You can listen to the full episode of On Second Thought by going to patreon.com/andtherunnerupis and contributing at the $3 per month tier.
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter:    
    @Kevin_Jacobsen
    Follow Charlie Bright on Twitter:
    @charlesbright
    Follow Lauren LaMagna on Twitter:
    @laurenlamango
    Follow And the Runner-Up Is on Twitter:     
    @OscarRunnerUp
    Music featured in this episode:
    "Rock Around the Clock" - Bill Haley & His Comets

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Psychadelicboy33 ,

A unique POV at the Oscars

This podcast is a unique look at classic films, performances and Oscar races. Kevin does his research and knows his Oscars so you trust his opinions and thoughts. Many of the guests give great insights as well!

DaniRickard09 ,

I Really Love this Show

I listen to three or four podcasts on one topic - just to get the full 360 of perspectives.

And, I love CliffsNotes for books!

This podcast is like CliffsNotes for movies! Highly intellectual insights with a very intelligent host and well-rounded guests!

I also love that the episodes are bite size - perfect for a short drive, a waiting room or a sink full of dishes!

Bravo!

rkenny4 ,

Nailed it

I’ve listened to every episode and the dives into each Oscar year is fascinating. Love it!

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