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  • Kevin Jacobsen
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    Hello Derbyites!

    Kevin Jacobsen here letting you all know that I have an Oscar podcast called “And the Runner-Up Is,” which highlights the film that was the probable runner-up in each Oscar Best Picture race. Every week I have a special guest who helps me break down the film, why it lost Best Picture and whether it, in fact, deserved to win.

    So far I’ve had on several Gold Derby colleagues, including Charlie Bright, Amanda Spears, Tom O’Brien, Rob Licuria, Cordell Martin, Andrew Carden, Zach Laws, Tony Ruiz, Sam Eckmann and Joyce Eng, as well as other awards experts like Sasha Stone and Erik Anderson.

    The podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play for anyone interested! I’ve posted 20 episodes, covering every Oscar year from 1998-2017. I’d love to have this be a discussion thread as I post more episodes!

    Anyone here a listener? And if so, what do like/dislike about the show?

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    vinny
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    I’ll check it out

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Some of my favorite discussions so far have been on La La Land, The Social Network, There Will Be Blood, The Aviator, Mystic River, The Pianist, and Saving Private Ryan.

    Future discussions I’m most looking forward to are Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, E.T., Star Wars, Cabaret, The Graduate, and Sunset Boulevard.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    I’m curious on if they’re covered: Fargo, The Piano, Howards End, Born on the Fourth of July, Dangerous Liaisons, Moonstruck, The Right Stuff, Reds.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I’m curious on if they’re covered: Fargo, The Piano, Howards End, Born on the Fourth of July, Dangerous Liaisons, Moonstruck, The Right Stuff, Reds.

    Kevin Jacobsen has stated that he is currently taking two weeks off from doing the podcast (the first season just ended with Saving Private Ryan), so I’m sure he’ll be covering those films in the second season.

    Though a couple of the films you’ve mentioned (Howards End and The Right Stuff), I’m not sure if they were the likely runner-ups in their respective years. Leading up to the 1992-93 Oscars, Howards End won the BAFTA for Best Film while The Crying Game won the PGA and WGA. Leading up to the 1983-84 Oscars, The Right Stuff failed to win any of the major precursors while Tender Mercies did manage to win the WGA.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    In the season 2 premiere, Kevin Jacobsen covers L.A. Confidential, which was seen as an early frontrunner going into the 1997-98 Oscar season, all until a little known movie called Titanic came out.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/l-a-confidential-feat-ashley-kus/id1358031226?i=1000417842006&mt=2

    Discuss!

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    In this week’s episode of And the Runner-Up Is, I talk with AwardsWatch’s Erik Anderson about Fargo! We discuss the film’s take on the Midwest, the brilliance of Frances McDormand and William H. Macy, and why it ultimately lost Best Picture to The English Patient.

    Listen here!

    And let me know your thoughts!

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    SHT L
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    In 2000, I wonder which one of Traffic or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the runner-up. My brain tells me Traffic since it won Adapted Screenplay and Director even though Gladiator lost Best Director as well and prevailed with Best Picture, but my gut actually thinks it was CTHD because I’d imagine it had a lot of ardent and passionate supporters.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    If you actually listen to the 2000 episode, it was clearly dedicated to Traffic.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    However, I am wondering what was the likely runner-up to The Silence of the Lambs in the 1991-92 Oscar race. You could almost make a case for any of the other nominees with the exception of The Prince of Tides.

    Although probably the least likely, Beauty & the Beast still had so much buzz when it came out, especially during a time when animated films weren’t taken seriously. Bugsy won the Golden Globe for Drama, and received the most Oscar nominations of any film that year. Then again, there was also JFK.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    However, I am wondering what was the likely runner-up to The Silence of the Lambs in the 1991-92 Oscar race. You could almost make a case for any of the other nominees with the exception of The Prince of Tides. Although probably the least likely, Beauty & the Beast still had so much buzz when it came out, especially during a time when animated films weren’t taken seriously. Bugsy won the Golden Globe for Drama, and received the most Oscar nominations of any film that year. Then again, there was also JFK.

    Probably gonna go with Bugsy here, though a case could be made for JFK.

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    If JFK had actually won Best Picture, I would have put it among the all-time worst Best Picture winners. I can’t stand Oliver Stone when he goes into conspiracy theory mode.

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    If JFK had actually won Best Picture, I would have put it among the all-time worst Best Picture winners. I can’t stand Oliver Stone when he goes into conspiracy theory mode.

    Funny, I only truly give a shit about Oliver Stone when he goes into conspiracy theory mode. Haven’t seen Platoon, liked but did not love Born on the 4th of July. JFK would have been one of the all-time great winners in my book, but thankfully it lost to another all-time great The Silence of the Lambs.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Diet Teridax
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    I really think that in hindsight Get Out came in 2nd place for Picture behind The Shape of Water, judging by it weirdly taking down Bafta and Globe winner and WGA-ineligible Three Billboards for Original Screenplay.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Diet Teridax
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    I think a lot of people would put Apocalypse Now as the runner-up to Kramer vs Kramer, but I would say All That Jazz actually came in 2nd. It just seemed more accessible at the time, plus it won more Oscars than the Coppola film. Also, after The Deer Hunter won Picture the previous year, I would think many Oscar voters wouldn’t have a whole lot of enthusiasm for awarding another Vietnam War film Best Picture for the 2nd year in a row.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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