Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
podcast_1400-MiddayEdition.jpg
KPBS Midday Edition Segments

Midday Movies: Oscar 2020 Predictions

 February 7, 2020 at 10:17 AM PST

Speaker 1: 00:00 So the 92nd Academy awards take place on Sunday night. It's always good to hear from some experts to compare their views with our own subjective opinions and here to discuss possible winners and share some gripes about the nominations we have. KPBS cinema junkies, Beth commando and movie Wallace. He has deepest Nirvana. Welcome to you both. Thank you. Thank you. So Beth, um, you know, you've just given a, your cinema junkie awards on the latest podcast, which I had listened to. It was very fun, but you're not too happy. What's your biggest gripe with the Oscars? I'm so frustrated this year. Um, I know that these are industry awards and I know that they tend to be given to friends and they're our marketing tool then they're not going to go to the most, you know, independent, artistic film out there. However, this year there was so much fresh, innovative, original work that was totally ignored that it was really infuriating to see the nominations. Speaker 1: 00:54 So films like lighthouse, us, Uncage jams, last black man in San Francisco were completely ignored. And the only crumbs the Academy gave me were for films like parasite. I lost my body and Jojo rabbit, but it's like just enough so that I can't blast the entire list. So yes, the, you're a movie was podcast, so you just came out with your 10 best a discussion. Really. Yes. So what was your biggest disappointment with the Oscars? Nominations? Biggest disappointment. I think everyone brings up Jennifer Lopez and hustlers for having lost out really find vibrant performance in that movie, which I agree with. But for me, a far more egregious emission is that of a lupitan Django in us. And I think, uh, technically, uh, she, she plays two different roles in that movie and it's, it's such a difficult, complex, uh, uh, education of both of those different characters. Speaker 1: 01:51 So that, that is the one which bothers me the most. And then, uh, the complete shutout, as Beth mentioned, four dolomite is my name, the farewell and the lighthouse. They're all troubling about dolomite is my name. Yes. Those are the ones you really liked. But, uh, so yes. D did, was there anything that you liked about the nominations? Uh, I was very happy about the double nomination that scholar Johanson, uh, was able to pull out this year. Uh, best supporting actor, female for Georgia rabbit and then best lead actor female for merit story. And I think this is really her year. She's come into her own, she's always been kind of a underappreciated actor. So I'm really happy for that. And I'm really thrilled that you know, for all of the academies, admissions, they have given a lot of love for the movie parasite and it's gotten best foreign film and best editing and best production design and best original screenplay, best director and best movie, which I couldn't be happier. Speaker 1: 02:48 It still bothers me that it didn't get any acting nominations, but I'll take those so best using their parents I could win. Well, you know, it's interesting. Fandango just came out with a poll where it pulled moviegoers and they picked parasite for best picture of the year. So I am hoping that the Academy has as much common sense as the average film goer out there. The one thing that concerns me is because it's nominated for both best picture and best foreign film, it could split its own votes where people might say like, Oh, I'm going to vote for 1917 for best picture and parasite for best foreign language film. And that way we can get both our wins in there. So that's my one concern that it might end up winning neither. Okay. Well for those of us who haven't seen parasite yet, it sounds like that's a must see it is nodding vigorously. Speaker 1: 03:34 All right. Now you've both mentioned strong female performances, but what actors do you think are going to be the favorites? Here's where my anger kind of rises because I'm worried that the most, what I call Oscar baiting performances are the ones that are going to win. So that's Joaquin Phoenix for joker and Renee Zellweger for Judy. These are like when Leonardo DiCaprio ate the buys on liver for the Revenant and then won an Oscar. It feels like these are acting with a capital a saying like, look at me, I'm acting. Give me the award. And it's a shame cause like Yazdi mentioned Lapita and Wango for us was just such a phenomenal performance, creating two completely different characters and then also Florence Pugh for mid-summer and neither one of them are even nominated so they can't even win. So that's where like I'm concerned. But I do think that probably walking Phoenix and Renee Zellweger will walk away with those acting awards. Speaker 1: 04:30 It seems likely it doesn't it. What do you think Yazzie well, I think the same for people who have been picking up the acting prices, uh, in all of the award season, uh, prices so far. Uh, which is rocking Phoenix for joker. Uh, Rene's low vigor for, uh, uh, Judy. Judy. Thank you. That was such a great movie. Yeah. Yeah. Uh, Laura Dern from married story and Brad Pitt for a once upon a time a Hollywood, so best actor, male, female, best supporting actor, male best supporting actor, female. So it's kind of almost an expectation now that the same four people will get the Oscars as well, which makes it a little bit boring, if you will. And I would love to see an upset in either of those categories, especially best actor, like, like Beth said, I think one of the other podcasters mentioned that walking Phoenix, Phoenix certainly does the most acting. Speaker 1: 05:21 You know, we're not sure if he does the best acting. Uh, so I would be thrilled if somebody like Adam driver in marriage story or Antonio Banderas would pick up the best actor award. Well, there was a funny meme about Joaquin Phoenix where he apparently injured his knee acting in one of the scenes and somebody said, you should talk to Meryl Streep. She'll show you how to act like you're injured to actually hurting yourself better to act it and actually do it. That's funny. So this Sunday is the night to be tuned in to the 92nd Academy awards, a red carpet coverage beginning at three 30 in the afternoon in the awards show, starts@aroundfiveandcheckoutthecinemajunkieawardsatkpbs.org slash cinema junkie. Excellent podcast. There are a lot of nice sound in it. I like that. Thank you. And yesterday's discussion of the best of 29 at his movie, wallas.com thank you so much for being here. Thank you.

MiddayEd_generic-new_ECaEWQV.jpg
The 92nd Academy Awards take place Sunday. KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando and Moviewallas’ Yazdi Pithavala discuss the nominations and possible winners.
KPBS Midday Edition Segments