Oscars podcast: Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) on why he’s backing ’12 Years a Slave’

“I still don’t see a movie that’s come along that I can make a case for beating ‘12 Years a Slave,'” Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) says in our podcast chat. “I think that movie has the combination of craft and importance that acadmey members are going to go with this year.”

As for “American Hustle,” he says, “You can make a strong case for it. People like it a lot. Some love it. It got a bit of a boost from New York Film Critics Circle giving it Best Picture. It has a little bit of heft to it. It’s about something .… It has a little bit of history in there – a lot like ‘Argo,’ you know? It’s fizzy. Great cast. A real favorite with the actors’ branch. Jennifer Lawrence is the one who’s really popping with everyone.”

As for “Gravity,” Whipp says, “I’m a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and we gave it Best Picture along with ‘Her’ and a lot of people like ‘Gravity’ a lot, but is it going to get a screenplay nomination?”

Tune in to hear us dish all top races and contenders. See Whipp’s latest predictions here. See mine here. Make your Oscar predictions below.




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