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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 • 136 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.

    1998 Best Actress (feat. Joyce Eng)

    1998 Best Actress (feat. Joyce Eng)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes back Gold Derby senior editor Joyce Eng to discuss the 1998 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Gwyneth Paltrow won for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love," beating Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth," Fernanda Montenegro in "Central Station," Meryl Streep in "One True Thing," and Emily Watson in "Hilary and Jackie." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to Paltrow.
    0:00 - 8:37 - Introduction
    8:38 - 29:45 - Cate Blanchett
    29:46 - 47:59 - Fernanda Montenegro
    48:00 - 1:09:25 - Meryl Streep
    1:09:26 - 1:27:24 - Emily Watson
    1:27:25 - 1:49:15 - Gwyneth Paltrow
    1:49:16 - 2:54:20 - Why Gwyneth Paltrow won / Twitter questions
    2:54:21 - 3:00:39 - Who was the runner-up?
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    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

    • 3 hr
    1997 Best Actress (feat. Lauren LaMagna)

    1997 Best Actress (feat. Lauren LaMagna)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes back writer, editor, and podcaster Lauren LaMagna to discuss the 1997 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Helen Hunt won for her performance in "As Good as It Gets," beating Helena Bonham Carter in "The Wings of the Dove," Julie Christie in "Afterglow," Judi Dench in "Mrs. Brown," and Kate Winslet in "Titanic." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to Hunt.
    0:00 - 12:11 - Introduction
    12:12 - 37:24 - Helena Bonham Carter
    37:25 - 59:09 - Julie Christie
    59:10 - 1:24:11 - Judi Dench
    1:24:12 - 2:02:30 - Kate Winslet
    2:02:31 - 2:27:07 - Helen Hunt
    2:27:08 - 3:10:33 - Why Helen Hunt won / Twitter questions
    3:10:34 - 3:15:26 - Who was the runner-up?
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    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen 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

    • 3 hr 15 min
    A Woman Robbed: Emma Thompson and Viola Davis

    A Woman Robbed: Emma Thompson and Viola Davis

    Listen to this PREVIEW of the 11th episode of A Woman Robbed, a special bonus series you can hear on the And the Runner-Up Is Patreon exclusive feed!
    A Woman Robbed is a series in which Kevin is joined by a special guest in discussing women who had significant Oscar buzz heading into the nominations but were ultimately robbed/snubbed/omitted from the Best Actress lineup. In this episode, Kevin speaks with Luca Giliberti about two performances that earned nominations at the four major precursors but weren't nominated at the Oscars: Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Viola Davis ("The Woman King").
    We discuss their performances, talk about why they came up short, and reveal whether we would have nominated them.   
    You can listen to the full episode of A Woman Robbed by going to patreon.com/andtherunnerupis and contributing at the $3 per month tier.
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    @Kevin_Jacobsen
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    @LucaLeonardo99
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    Clips included in this episode:
    "Saving Mr. Banks" - Walt Disney Studios

    • 19 min
    1996 Best Actress (feat. Jay Ledbetter)

    1996 Best Actress (feat. Jay Ledbetter)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes AwardsWatch podcaster Jay Ledbetter to discuss the 1996 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Frances McDormand won for her performance in "Fargo," beating Brenda Blethyn in "Secrets & Lies," Diane Keaton in "Marvin's Room," Kristin Scott Thomas in "The English Patient," and Emily Watson in "Breaking the Waves." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to McDormand.
    0:00 - 15:35 - Introduction
    15:35 - 39:48 - Brenda Blethyn
    39:49 - 58:17 - Diane Keaton
    58:18 - 1:20:18 - Kristin Scott Thomas
    1:28:19 - 1:49:30 - Emily Watson
    1:49:31 - 2:16:01 - Frances McDormand
    2:16:02 - 3:00:47 - Why Frances McDormand won / Twitter questions
    3:00:48 - 3:07:58 - Who was the runner-up?
    Buy And the Runner-Up Is merch at https://www.teepublic.com/stores/and-the-runner-up-is?ref_id=24261!
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen 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

    • 3 hr 7 min
    1995 Best Actress (feat. Chris Feil)

    1995 Best Actress (feat. Chris Feil)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes back writer and podcaster Chris Feil to discuss the 1995 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Susan Sarandon won for her performance in "Dead Man Walking," beating Elisabeth Shue in "Leaving Las Vegas," Sharon Stone in "Casino," Meryl Streep in "The Bridges of Madison County," and Emma Thompson in "Sense and Sensibility." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to Sarandon.
     0:00 - 17:16 - Introduction
    17:17 - 40:39 - Elisabeth Shue
    40:40 - 1:08:54 - Sharon Stone
    1:08:55 - 1:33:20 - Meryl Streep
    1:33:21 - 1:55:31 - Emma Thompson
    1:55:32 - 2:10:53 - Susan Sarandon
    2:10:54 - 2:52:57 - Why Susan Sarandon won / Twitter questions
    2:52:58 - 2:59:11 - Who was the runner-up?
    Buy And the Runner-Up Is merch at https://www.teepublic.com/stores/and-the-runner-up-is?ref_id=24261!
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter
    Follow Chris Feil 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

    • 2 hr 59 min
    1994 Best Actress (feat. Nicole Ackman)

    1994 Best Actress (feat. Nicole Ackman)

    This week on And the Runner-Up Is, Kevin welcomes back writer and podcaster Nicole Ackman to discuss the 1994 Oscar race for Best Actress, where Jessica Lange won for her performance in "Blue Sky," beating Jodie Foster in "Nell," Miranda Richardson in "Tom & Viv," Winona Ryder in "Little Women," and Susan Sarandon in "The Client." We discuss all of these nominated performances and determine who we think was the runner-up to Lange.
     0:00 - 14:16 - Introduction
    14:17 - 36:54 - Jodie Foster
    36:55 - 1:01:44 - Miranda Richardson
    1:01:42 - 1:23:58 - Winona Ryder
    1:23:59 - 1:42:21 - Susan Sarandon
    1:42:22 - 2:03:37 - Jessica Lange
    2:03:38 - 2:57:44 - Why Jessica Lange won / Twitter questions
    2:57:45 - 3:04:43 - Who was the runner-up?
    Buy And the Runner-Up Is merch at https://www.teepublic.com/stores/and-the-runner-up-is?ref_id=24261!
    Support And the Runner-Up Is on Patreon at patreon.com/andtherunnerupis!
    Follow Kevin Jacobsen on Twitter
    Follow Nicole Ackman 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

    • 3 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Thurston O. ,

Kevin knows his stuff. Excellent podcast.

There are many Awards podcasts out these days. Some great, some not so great. And the Runner Up is one of the great ones. Kevin is an excellent host. He creates such a warm and welcoming environment for his guests. Kevin’s research and knowledge is so impressive that you would never know he wasn’t around during a big portion of the Oscars. Kevin is so thoughtful and detailed when describing a film or a particular performance. He also is so respectful of his criticism of a particular film or performance. Kevin keeps the show at a high level and never goes for the cheap shot. I always look forward to the next episode.

Julee Andrews ,

Wonderful movie podcast!

I love to listen to Kevin talk movies! His best actress series has introduced me to me many new movies and actresses, especially of the 1930s and 1940s. Love the show!

ᴜᴋsʀ ,

Love it!

Such a dope podcast! I love the concept because I regularly have these debates and this is very well done. Kudos!

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