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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.

    178 – October Sky (with Esther Zuckerman)

    178 – October Sky (with Esther Zuckerman)

    Moving along from Maggie Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough last week, this week we are dis cussing her brother Jake’s! Senior Entertainment writer for Thrillist Esther Zuckerman joins us to talk about middle school classroom mainstay and union-agnostic true story, 1999′s October Sky. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickham Jr., as young West Virginian who bucked the pressure to join the mining industry to study rockets, leading to a career at NASA. With Laura Dern as his doting teacher and Chris Cooper as his gruff unsupportive father, the film was sold as a family film early in the year and gained some momentum before becoming ultimately forgotten by Oscar.

    This episode, we look at Jake’s career evolutions from awkward love interest to older actresses to action to lovable weirdo and back to action star mode. We also discuss the career of director Joe Johnston, WGA nominees that were not nominated by the Academy, and Chris Cooper’s evolution from noteworthy character actor to noteworthy stern dad.

    Topics also include, Universal’s 1999 awards slate and the Best Supporting Actor lineup that year, Peter Parker’s landlord, and Esther’s upcoming Oscar fashion history book Beyond the Best Dressed (Preorder HERE!).

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    177 – Secretary

    177 – Secretary

    After a few minor roles in American indies, Maggie Gyllenhaal broke out in a big way with Sundance hit Secretary in 2002. The story of a young woman who copes with her mental health issues while entering a BDSM relationship with her boss (played by James Spader), Secretary was praised for its dark wit and daring, and immediately put Gyllenhaal on the map. But while she earned breakthrough prizes throughout the season, the film’s risque subject matter and a notoriously competitive Best Actress race kept Gyllenhaal out of Oscar contention.

    This week, we discuss how the film holds up in terms of its handling of sensitiive subject matter and its place in the filmography of (surprise THOB heavy-hitter) Erin Cressida Wilson. We also discuss Gyllenhaal’s chances this season for her directorial debut The Lost Daughter, Spader’s run as an erotic psychodrama mainstay, and how the 2002 Best Actress race was shifted by contenders campaigning for multiple roles.

    Topics also include the proposed Indecent Proposal remake, what we are programming at our imaginary repertory cinema, and the MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Female Performance category.

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Mail Bag: Vol. 2

    Mail Bag: Vol. 2

    And we’re back with the conclusion of our mailbag! This time, we are talking about a few Oscar What Ifs: what new categories should Oscar adopt? what if a different actress had won Supporting Actress in 2005? what if there was a Best Actress season of Survivor? We also answer your questions about the podcast, including our ongoing cash bets against eachother, what episodes would be on our Known For, and whether its more fun/interesting to discuss bad or good movies. Topics also include the best and worst acting winners of this century, nominee reaction shots, and character descriptions of acting nominees on the telecast.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Mail Bag: Vol. 1

    Mail Bag: Vol. 1

    It’s our annual year-end tradition! You’ve sent us your questions on Oscar past and present, but this year’s mailbag brings a special surprise: you’ve asked us such fun and thoughtful questions that we’re splitting the mailbag into two instalments! [Cue “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”] This mailbag, we’ll be answering questions about what might be Glenn Close’s Oscar vehicle now that Susnet Blvd. looks unlikely, actors with the longest period between acting nominations, and our MVPs from SAG’s Best Ensemble winners. Topics also include Laura Bacall shilling for High Point Coffee, the best winners of Best Original Song, and the hubbub of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’s Best Picture nomination.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    176 – The Holiday

    176 – The Holiday

    Just in time for the holidays, we are doing The Holiday. Nancy Meyers followed-up her smash hit Something’s Gotta Give with this story of two women (played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who swap houses over the Christmas week in order to get away from their romantic disasters. Naturally, new love finds a way and in the form of Jude Law and Jack Black. Any initial Oscar hopes for the film were set by Meyers’ last film returning Diane Keaton to the Oscar fold for her fourth decade in a row, but the film was considered a financial disappointment and received a critical drubbing thanks to its silly premise and oddly paired costars.

    This episode, we talk about the career of Nancy Meyers and what makes this film such a delight despite its many frustrations. Jude Law also joins our Six Timers Club, but we’ve also got another game around 2006 Christmas cinema. We also discuss Eli Wallach’s charming supporting turn, Kate Winslet’s enthusiasm when she wins something, and the 2006 Best Actress race that saw Helen Mirren steamroll despite a stellar lineup.

    Topics also include Danny DeVito drunk on The View, upper butt cinema, and Diva Muffin Zappa.

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    175 – Hustlers

    175 – Hustlers

    This is an episode about control. We’ve tallied up the votes for our Listeners’ Choice episode and in a landslide victory, 2019′s Hustlers emerged quite victorious. One of our favorite films of 2019, the film (based on Jessica Pressler’s expose in The Cut) stars Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez as two exotic dancers who team up to drug and rob their wealthy Wall Street customers in the wake of the financial crisis. A highly fictionalized adaptation, the film is a nonstop ride of entertaining moments, all given an empathic treatment by writer/director Lorene Scafaria. Though we have much to say for the film’s many merits, its awards hopes hinged on a career-best Lopez in Supporting Actress, who ran the gauntlet of being nominated at every major precursor only to miss out on an Oscar nomination.

    This episode, we discuss how the film’s subject matter was met with unfair indifference despite Scafaria’s thoughtful approach and the film’s surprise $100M box office success. We also dive into its stellar performances outside of Lopez, Scafaria’s directorial career, Lopez’s career from critical praise to romcom star, the film’s deftly handled morality, and “so wait a minute actresses.”

    Topics also include Lopez’s notorious 1998 interview with Movieline, the film’s perfect use of pop music, and “we love you, Gary!”

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    • 2 hr 12 min

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