22 episodes

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and LAist Studios present a new multi-season audio series that examines the myriad of stories of our cinematic history. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a MacArthur Fellow, hosts the series. 

The Academy Awards have been a source of iconic moments and cultural impact since the award ceremony began in 1929. The awards often reflect and amplify the political, economic, and the cultural movements of the time, and that’s what season 1 of this podcast (“And the Oscar Goes To...”) is all about. 

“And The Oscar Goes To…," premieres on Friday, March 25. This 10-episode season goes behind the scenes of touchstone years of the Academy AwardsⓇ, probing key social and cultural moments that have come to define the film industry and the broader artistic community. Biweekly episodes include revelatory interviews and in-depth conversations with Oscar winners, film artists, industry leaders, activists, and scholars, as well as archival audio and other exclusive content that will only be accessible through the podcast.

Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.*

This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.*

The Academy Museum Podcast LAist Studios

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    • 4.0 • 119 Ratings

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and LAist Studios present a new multi-season audio series that examines the myriad of stories of our cinematic history. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a MacArthur Fellow, hosts the series. 

The Academy Awards have been a source of iconic moments and cultural impact since the award ceremony began in 1929. The awards often reflect and amplify the political, economic, and the cultural movements of the time, and that’s what season 1 of this podcast (“And the Oscar Goes To...”) is all about. 

“And The Oscar Goes To…," premieres on Friday, March 25. This 10-episode season goes behind the scenes of touchstone years of the Academy AwardsⓇ, probing key social and cultural moments that have come to define the film industry and the broader artistic community. Biweekly episodes include revelatory interviews and in-depth conversations with Oscar winners, film artists, industry leaders, activists, and scholars, as well as archival audio and other exclusive content that will only be accessible through the podcast.

Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.*

This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.*

    Casting an Ensemble: Everyone in 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

    Casting an Ensemble: Everyone in 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'

    So far in this season of the Academy Museum Podcast we've heard a lot about casting a lead or finding the right star for a project. What goes into piecing together a group with incredible chemistry? Everything Everywhere All At Once was originally written for Jackie Chan and Awkwafina, but it’s now impossible to imagine without Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu. In this season finale, we hear from the film’s casting director Sarah Finn who breaks down the art of casting an ensemble.
    Guests: Sarah Finn, casting director
    Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 34 min
    Casting Batman

    Casting Batman

    How do you cast an iconic character like Batman for the screen, especially for the third or fourth or tenth time?
    Guests: Lora Kennedy, casting director; John Papsidera, casting director
    Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 30 min
    Casting in Animation: Can't Put the Genie Back in the Bottle

    Casting in Animation: Can't Put the Genie Back in the Bottle

    The casting of Robin Williams as The Genie in Aladdin (1992) is often talked about as a turning point — when animated films began to focus on casting big-name actors. But is that true? This episode looks at the history of casting for animation.  What’s the role of a casting director for finding the right voices? And how is it different from casting for live action?
    Guests: Eric Goldberg, animator, director and voice actor; Mary Hidalgo, casting director
    Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 36 min
    Casting 'Boys Don't Cry'

    Casting 'Boys Don't Cry'

    CW: Sensitive Subject Matter. Listener Discretion Advised.

    • 35 min
    'In the Cut': Casting Against Type

    'In the Cut': Casting Against Type

    A look at contemporary typecasting, and the potential audience backlash to an actor taking on a new kind of role, through the lens of Jane Campion’s 2003 erotic thriller In the Cut, starring rom-com queen Meg Ryan.
    Guests: David Rubin, casting director and former Academy President; Laurie Parker, film producer
    Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 26 min
    Casting Unknowns: 'Baby Boy'

    Casting Unknowns: 'Baby Boy'

    From this point forward in the season, we are going to talk about different practices in modern day casting, starting with casting “unknowns” and the 2001 John Singleton film Baby Boy. Guests: Kim Taylor-Coleman, casting director; Kimberly Hardin, casting director
    Academy Museum digital engagement platforms, including this podcast, are sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

cmendez29 ,

Insightful and thought provoking

I like that many of the episodes have dealt with the underrepresentation of minoritized groups, but I would like to hear more about US Latinas/os’ contributions to Academy history and their lack of representation within the Academy and in the composition of nominees. I feel like much of the discussions of race on this podcast have treated race as a black/white binary when Latinas/os as well as other marginalized groups are also often excluded from these cultural institutions.

Cole72539 ,

Love love love

For the moment I heard the announcement during an Oscar’s ceremony that a museum was in the works that would focus on cinema, I became obsessed! The years leading up its opening, I was filled with so much anticipation, which would increase every year they announced the progress in its creation. And every year I was greedily filled with the dread that that day would never come.
However, it did! Within months of its opening, I drove down to LA with my mom (where the love of movies began) and my nephew. We were immediately in love! My only wish is that I could visit it more often.
This podcast fills that void. The knowledge I gain with every episode only makes the love already sowed inside me grow with even more desire to see more.
Thank you for all that joy and Thank you for helping we the audience into your magical world.

JingleBam! ,

So glad this is back for another season

This is a must-listen for film buffs. Season one was excellent. Great stories and audio production. This season’s episode on Noble Johnson is fascinating. And bravo on tying into the museum exhibits. Each episodes makes me want to visit the Academy Museum again!

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