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2015 Oscars: The Nods, Surprises & Snubs

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Academy announced their nominations for the 2015 Oscars today. Kirsten Meinzer, co-host of The Movie Date Podcast, walks us through the nods, the surprises, and the snubs.

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WNYC Digital

The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch From Home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Did you miss Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel or Gone Girl in theaters? Here's your guide to what's viewable from the couch.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Need for Speed,' 'Veronica Mars,' and More!

Friday, March 14, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review the video game-turned-movie "Need for Speed," the latest Wes Anderson confection, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and the fan-funded movie, "Veronica Mars." Along the way, they talk with one of the Veronica Mars fans who made the film possible, Cindy Au. They also get a whopper of a Movie Therapy question, spanning six decades and even more films. And, as always, there's movie trivia!

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' and '300: Rise of an Empire'

Saturday, March 08, 2014

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen hop into the WABAC machine for a trip to the rebooted world of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and the sword and sandal past of "300: Rise of An Empire." And bonus: to help them better understand the true identity of Mister Peabody, they are joined by Sarah Montague, WNYC's resident dog expert, who covers, among other dog-related events, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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Gabfest Radio

The Plight Of The Oscars

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: what’s going on with Russia and Ukraine, the always polarizing spectacle that is the Academy Awards, and what’s new in the ever-changing fashion world.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Travoltified Edition

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Oscar's highs and lows, Atlantic's article, "The Dark Power of Fraternities" with Slate's Mike Pesca, and why looking normal is the new fashion.

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Studio 360

McConaughey vs. McConaughey: True Detective Meets Dazed and Confused

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds.

Listen: McConaughey vs. McConaughey

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Features

Full List of 2014 Oscar Winners

Monday, March 03, 2014

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

Foreign Language Film: "The Great Beauty," Italy

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her"

Animated Feature Film: "Frozen"

Production Design: "The Great Gatsby"

Cinematography: "Gravity"

Sound Mixing: "Gravity"

Sound Editing: "Gravity"

Original Score: "Gravity," Steven Price

Original Song: "Let It Go" from "Frozen"

Costume: "The Great Gatsby"

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Animated Short Film: "Mr. Hublot"

Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Documentary (short subject): "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

Film Editing: "Gravity"

Live Action Short Film: "Helium"

Visual Effects: "Gravity"

Honorary Oscars:

  • Peter W. Anderson
  • Film-processing labs over past century
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Steve Martin
  • Piero Tosi

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WQXR Blog

Documentary Short on Oldest Holocaust Survivor, Pianist Wins Oscar

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Lady in Number 6," a film portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest classical pianist and Holocaust survivor, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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Studio 360

And the Oscar for Worst Award Show Goes To...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We ended up again with awards that were all expected, except Best Picture -- we were betting on Gravity, as it seemed to have all the perfect elements for the top Academy Award: action, suspense, accessibility, emotion and uplift.

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Q2 Music

Lights, Camera, Music! A Film-Music Marathon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Bonus Oscar Podcast!

Friday, February 28, 2014

In this very special Movie Date bonus podcast, listeners have a chance to re-listen to Rafer and Kristen's Oscar predictions from earlier in this year. Also, all three parts from The Takeaway series "Real People / Best Pictures" (produced by Kristen and hosted by John Hockenberry) are here, with some voices we don't normally hear on Oscar night (but maybe should).  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FiveThirtyEight Crunches the Oscar Numbers

Friday, February 28, 2014

If want to make a film that will win an Oscar, base your film on a novel set in World War II, feature a husband and wife relationship, and have the title of the film uttered by a character. (Bonus points: a face slap.)

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The Takeaway

Inside the Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song

Friday, February 28, 2014

Our Movie Date team has given us their predictions in the big categories for Oscar night, but there's another smaller category that's getting a lot of buzz this year: The original song category. In fact, the category has never been so modern, hip, and controversial. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck on our partner station WNYC, walks us through the nominees.

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WNYC Digital

I Watched Almost All the Oscar-Nominated Movies So You Don't Have To

Friday, February 28, 2014

And I learned a few things along the way. Like that it's possible to cry in a Jackass movie and caveman cartoons are overrated.

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WNYC News

The Oscars in Three Minutes

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sort of. In advance of the Academy Awards, we've collected the voices of actors and filmmakers who've recently come through our studios, and who could wind up on the podium this weekend. The result is a trip.

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The Takeaway

Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: 'American Hustle'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our "Real People/Best Pictures" series continues as we look at "American Hustle." The film tells the story of the FBI's Abscam sting investigation, which ended with the prosecution of six U.S. representatives, a U.S. senator, and many other public officials. Gregory Wallance was a member of the Abscam prosecution team as an assistant United States attorney. He talks about what the actual case was like, and how the movie differs from the real life events. 

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The Takeaway

Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: '12 Years a Slave'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All this week on our "Real People / Best Pictures" series, we're looking at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and exploring the stories with people who are intimately connected with the films. "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was enslaved until he was eventually able to regain his freedom 12 years later. The film is based on Northup’s memoir, which was a bestseller during his time. Today we talk to Clayton Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of Solomon Northup. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Scare Kurt Andersen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kurt Andersen, writer and host of Studio 360, talks about the show's scary movie contest, plus their Oscars bingo game for Sunday's awards ceremony.

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The Takeaway

Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

All this week, our series "Real People/Best Picture" looks at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and talking with people who are intimately connected with the stories behind those films. Today, our subject is Dallas Buyers Club. William Waybourn was the President of the Dallas Gay Alliance in the 1980s, which served the gay community and people living with AIDS. He tells us about that time and his thoughts on the movie. 

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