Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 112: Telluride, Venice, and “Masterpiece” Status

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POWERHOUR_LOGO_NEW1Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment.

The awards season festival circuit has begun.  We discuss the word on the films that have screened thus far at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals.

  • Is “Birdman” the frontrunner for the Oscar?  What does it mean for Michael Keaton?
  • Foxcatcher” is still strong.  Is there a possibility that Steve Carell moves campaigns to supporting?
  • Is Benedict Cumberbatch this year’s Colin Firth for “The Imitation Game?”
  • Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” debut to solid reviews.  Will it make a dent in the race?
  • Is Reese Witherspoon our first legit Best Actress contender for “Wild?”
  • Is there room for a small film like “99 Homes” with Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon?
  • We also take a bunch of your questions!

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  • Sam Coff

    Enjoy the podcast, guys!

    Also, we’re not the only ones thinking Steve Carell might go (and win in) Supporting. Kris Tapley thinks Carell’d win there, but thinks he ultimately won’t drop down (“And Carell would probably walk away with the Oscar if he ran in supporting.”) – http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/best-actor-oscar-race-heats-up-in-telluride

    • Anthony Moseley

      Interesting. I think it may help Carrell in the long run. The Lead Actor race is looking to be stacked again this year, while the Supporting Actor race is looking kinda bare so far with the exception of co-star Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, and possibly J.K. Simmons, though that will no doubt change once the fall movie season kicks in. I’m worried that if Carrell goes lead, the Academy will snub him in favor of more baity performances from Jack O’Connell and David Oyelowo (and possibly Eddie Redmayne). I’m just worried that Carrell may wind up in the same situation that Jim Carrey was in.

  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy as well, and Happy Labor Day!

  • Gautam Anand

    You missed an important Weinstein pony “St. Vincent”. I won’t say much, but wait for its TIFF premiere. It may very well win the People’s Choice award (besides putting the neglected Bill Murray, and Naomi Watts squarely into acting races).

    How do I know ? Well, let’s not reveal too much. 🙂

  • MovieManiac14

    Power Hour question: Not since 1997 has an actor in each acting category received an Oscar for playing a completely fictional character, whereas every year after that an actor in at least one category or two has won an Oscar for playing a biographical role. Since that streak has continued for the past 16 years, does that mean a definite win for either Foxcatcher, Selma, Unbroken, The Imitation Game, Big Eyes, The Theory of Everything, or Mr. Turner in an acting category since those are all biographical movies?