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Erik Anderson is an “Oscarologist.” He prefers the term to prognosticator, though for our purposes they mean the same thing.
Anderson’s job is to predict the winners of film and television awards like the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globes, which he does on his website and podcast, both titled AwardsWatch. This year he predicts that Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking horror film, “Get Out,” will win the Academy’s top prize.
What Else Is On This Week’s Show?
- You Must Remember This — The golden age of Hollywood has a way of capturing our attention. The era of Bogey and Bacall, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey and a whole lot of blonde bombshells is such a part of our collective memory that even if we haven’t seen those actors’ films, we know who they are. Host Karina Longworth is a film critic and historian so she’s the perfect tour guide through the untold stories of old Hollywood. The show is meticulously researched and full of fun trivia nuggets about the industry’s early stars, like Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow.
- Represent — If you follow the big annual movie awards, you’ll notice a few of things — there aren’t too many movies about women or people of color that get nominated for the marquis prizes. And there’s a real dearth of actors of color getting recognized for their work. Plus, women hardly ever get nominated in categories that aren’t gender-specific. Film critic and cultural commentator Aisha Harris has been trying to draw attention to those issues. On this show, she looks at media made by historically marginalized groups and how it’s playing out in a larger cultural context.
- How Did This Get Made?— Actor and comedian Paul Scheer might not be a household name, but you’ve probably seen his work. He’s been in “The Disaster Artist,” “Veep” and “Fresh Off The Boat” among many other movies and TV shows. And over the years, he’s come to appreciate the absurdity of the industry: which he celebrates in a podcast that he co-hosts with his wife, actress June Diane Raphael, and their pal and fellow actor, Jason Mantzoukas. On the show they dig into some of the worst movies ever made like “The Garbage Pail Kids Movie,” “My Stepmother Is An Alien” and “Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf.” (Do yourself a favor and listen to this episode featuring the genius Tig Notaro.) Scheer has even been in a few bad movies himself. He followed up a killer performance in the 2010 horror film “Piranha 3D” with an even more ridiculous sequel, “Piranha 3DD.” So Scheer comes at his critiques honestly and with love
- Very attractive listener recommendations: The Sewers of Paris, Defining Marriage and Tweet Of The Week
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