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Little Gold Men

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Little Gold Men is the inside story of Hollywood, from awards shows and red-carpet premieres to the hard work and whisper campaigns that get people there.


Special Tonys Edition!
May 15 • 79 min
Thrillist’s Esther Zuckerman and Vulture’s Jackson McHenry join Richard Lawson for a look at the current Broadway season, and Richard interviews To Kill a Mockingbird stars Gideon Glick and Celia Keenan-Bolger.
What to Actually Look Forward to This Summer
May 8 • 70 min
There are a lot of big, loud franchise movies on the way—but also some small gems, and a few of the big, loud movies we actually like.
If Return of the King Could Win Best Picture, Why Not Avengers: Endgame?
May 1 • 60 min
A conversation about the TV show and movie dominating pop culture, and their awards hopes. Plus, an interview with Succession star Matthew Macfadyen.
The Biggest Story of the Decade Comes to an End
Apr 25 • 57 min
As Avengers: Endgame wraps up a 22-part franchise—sort of—has the Marvel model really changed everything forever? Plus, guest Griffin Newman lays out his abiding love for the Fast and Furious franchise, including the upcoming Hobbs and Shaw spinoff.
What’s the Right Way to Have 1999 Nostalgia?
Apr 17 • 48 min
With 20th anniversary tributes to everything from The Matrix to Cruel Intentions popping up online, 1999 is having a moment—but which of these movies will actually stand the test of time? Plus, some discussion of the latest look at Star Wars: The Rise of…
Can TV Survive After Game of Thrones?
Apr 10 • 80 min
With the last universally discussed TV show entering its final season, will there ever be another show that unites us? Plus a conversation with Her Smell director Alex Ross Perry.
Emmys Season Is Here! (Yes, Really)
Apr 3 • 47 min
With a glut of high-profile shows back on the air, it’s time to talk about the contenders for the biggest prize in television— at least, the contenders who will be inevitable runner-ups to Veep and Game of Thrones.
Apple’s Revolution Will Be Televised … Or At Least That’s What They Want You to Think
Mar 27 • 58 min
A discussion of Apple’s splashy TV programming launch, a look at some of the most Oscar-friendly trailers to debut in recent weeks, and a discussion of Tim Burton’s Dumbo, with special guest David Sims.
Predicting the 2020 Oscars
Mar 20 • 69 min
Plus looking back at what we got wrong this time last year.
How SXSW Was Won
Mar 14 • 45 min
A dispatch from Austin, Texas as your hosts comb through the hits and misses of the 2019 SXSW film festival.
Is It Really Netflix vs Spielberg?
Mar 6 • 43 min
Katey, Joanna, and Richard explore the latest academy dust-up and review the cinematic adventures of recent Oscar winner Brie Larson a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
What Did the Academy Learn from the 2019 Oscars?
Feb 27 • 43 min
Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Correspondent Nicole Sperling joins the show to provide insight from inside the Academy, the industry, the ceremony, and, most importantly, the Oscar-night bar.
Early Morning Oscar Recap
Feb 25 • 40 min
Go behind-the-scenes of Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party and the biggest night in Hollywood with your sleep-deprived hosts.
The Key to Winning Your Oscar Pool
Feb 20 • 42 min
Your hosts Katey, Richard, Joanna, and Mike watched all 15 of the Oscar-nominated short films so you don’t have to. But you should anyway! Get some insight into these notoriously hard-to-predict categories and enjoy their last-chance, wild predictions.
The Academy’s Latest Stumble
Feb 13 • 56 min
All four hosts are re-united at last to discuss the Academy’s controversial plan to cut categories and *Incredibles 2* director Brad Bird swings by to talk animation, musicals, and Oscar snubs through the years.
Is It Too Late for Black Panther to Win Best Picture?
Feb 6 • 60 min
Special guest and TVGuide.com editor-in-chief Chris Rosen is here to shake up your Oscar ballots with some wild predictions.
Sundance 2019 and Oscars 2020
Jan 31 • 46 min
Yep it’s already time to start looking forward to next year! Our very own Richard Lawson checks in with a dispatch from Park City and the most surprising hit of the festival.
Is This The Most Unpredictable Oscar Year Ever?
Jan 22 • 40 min
Your Little Gold Men hosts give their instant reactions to Tuesday’s surprising nominations, the wide-open Best Picture race, and which three wins feel inevitable now.
Last Chance at Oscar Nomination Predictions
Jan 17 • 45 min
Your hosts take a final stab at picking this year’s Oscar nominees as well as discussing the real reason behind all the in-fighting and controversies this awards season.
Which Oscar Hopeful Can Survive Controversy?
Jan 10 • 52 min
It’s only been a few days since the Golden Globes but the clouds of controversy are gathering around a few Oscar hopefuls. Also your hosts breakdown what the DGA, WGA, and BAFTA nominations mean for your favorites and director Sandi Tan joins to discuss…
Golden Globes and the Rise of Glenn Close
Jan 7 • 44 min
On the day Oscar nominations begin, your hosts break down all the chaos and confusion caused by this year’s unpredictable Golden Globes ceremony. Whose fiery speech may have just won them an Oscar? Tune in to find out.
Ethan Hawke and Netflix Disruption
Jan 3 • 59 min
Mike Hogan and Joanna Robinson check in on the final days before the Golden Globes and how Netflix is upending film advertising. Plus Ethan Hawke on his arresting turn in Oscar hopeful First Reformed.
Lupita Nyong’o and John Krasinski On Starring in Two of the Year’s Biggest Hits
Dec 27, 2018 • 46 min
Black Panther and A Quiet Place were the dominant films of the first half of the year. Nyong’o and Krasinski look back on what made their films so special — and has kept them in the Oscar conversation.
What Hollywood Will Be Talking About Over Their Christmas Break
Dec 20, 2018 • 63 min
Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins for a dispatch from Los Angeles about what’s got everyone in the industry talking. Plus, a conversation with Stan & Ollie star Steve Coogan.
The Biggest Surprises of the SAG Award Nominations
Dec 13, 2018 • 73 min
Another week, another round of awards season snubs. Plus, an interview with Can You Ever Forgive Me director Marielle Heller.
What the Golden Globe Nominations Mean
Dec 6, 2018 • 38 min
A big morning for Vice, a tricky one for Widows and A Quiet Place: breaking down this year’s Golden Globe nominees.
The First Awards of Awards Season Are Here!
Nov 29, 2018 • 45 min
So, what do the National Board of Review and Gotham Awards actually mean?
Inside the Oscars Where Everyone’s a Winner
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
Nicole Sperling reports from the Governor’s Awards, where Lady Gaga was the most popular kid in the room. Plus a look at Thanksgiving new releases and a conversation with The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos.
The Thrills, and Oscar Hopes, of Widows
Nov 15, 2018 • 53 min
Widows director Steven McQueen joins for a conversation about his twisty but thoughtful thriller. Plus a look at the supporting races and what to make of Green Book.
How Political Will This Oscar Season Get?
Nov 8, 2018 • 63 min
In the wake of the midterm elections, Hollywood may feel less compelled to use their platform to speak out against Trump. Plus, an interview with Minding the Gap director Bing Liu.
Can Anyone Beat Bradley Cooper?
Nov 1, 2018 • 54 min
A look at the unpredictable best actor field, plus the screenplay categories. Also a conversation with Can You Ever Forgive Me star Richard E. Grant.
Can Suspiria and Bohemian Rhapsody Claw Their Way Into the Oscar Race?
Oct 25, 2018 • 46 min
A look at two unusual new fall releases, plus a conversation about the best actress race.
The Box Office Matters for Oscars, But How Much?
Oct 18, 2018 • 65 min
With First Man disappointing in its wide release, but Star Is Born soaring, does the box office determine Oscar fates? Plus conversations about Mid90s, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Can You Ever Forgive Me, and an interview with Jason Reitman.
A Star Is Born Needs a Best Picture Competitor, and Fast
Oct 11, 2018 • 66 min
A box office hit and critical smash, Bradley Cooper’s remake is an easy best picture frontrunner, which is not an easy position to maintain in early October.
This Week We Find Out If A Star Is Born Is Really an Oscar Lock
Oct 4, 2018 • 58 min
The festival hit finally arrives in theaters, so will audiences embrace it as much as critics have? Plus discussions about Vice and Rocketman, and a conversation with Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher.
John C. Reilly On His Best Duos
Sep 27, 2018 • 66 min
The Sisters Brothers star John C. Reilly talks about his sidekick career. Plus, conversations about Fantastic Fest, the New York Film Festival, and the best documentary feature race. You can also now watch our video conversation from the Toronto Film…
Is Toronto’s Surprising Big Winner Now an Automatic Oscar Contender?
Sep 20, 2018 • 62 min
Looking back at Green Book’s big TIFF win, and more of the buzz from the enormous festival. Plus, a conversation with The Land of Steady Habits director Nicole Holofcener.
Live from the Toronto Film Festival
Sep 13, 2018 • 38 min
Krista Smith joins the crew to discuss the most buzzed-about films of the fall’s biggest festival, from a surprisingly entertaining crime caper to the Lady Gaga movie that dominated every conversation.
What We’ve Learned So Far From Festival Season
Sep 6, 2018 • 46 min
A look back at the biggest titles from Telluride and Venice, and a look ahead at Toronto.
How Monica Lewinsky Became an Emmy Nominee
Aug 30, 2018 • 63 min
The Vanity Fair contributor and anti-bullying advocate Monica Lewinsky talks about her Emmy-nominated PSA “In Real Life.” Plus, a look at the wild two weeks of film festivals ahead.
How Summer Movie Season Got Good Again
Aug 23, 2018 • 65 min
The summer of Moviepass’s demise was also one of the best for moviegoing in recent years. Plus, discussion of The Wife and Support the Girls.
The Good and Bad of the Popular Film Oscar
Aug 16, 2018 • 51 min
A full-length conversation about the big new changes to the Academy Awards. Plus a look at the new Widows trailer and some concerns about Emmys hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che.
Have the Oscars Made a Huge Mistake?
Aug 9, 2018 • 44 min
A response to the sweeping changes announced by the Academy this week, plus discussion of Eighth Grade and Crazy Rich Asians.
MoviePass Was Too Good to Be True
Aug 2, 2018 • 46 min
Richard is joined by K. Austin Collins and Hillary Busis to discuss the life and death of MoviePass, Spike Lee’s new film, and a Sundance favorite finally getting released.
Your Guide to the Fall Festival Season
Jul 26, 2018 • 38 min
A look at the expansive lineups of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Plus, a conversation about the genuinely excellent new blockbuster Mission Impossible: Fallout.
Inside the Escapist Joy of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Jul 19, 2018 • 76 min
Director Ol Parker joins for a conversation about the sequel musical. Plus, a look at the rash of recent prestige movie trailers, from Mary Queen of Scots to Boy, Erased.
Explaining the Emmy Nominations
Jul 12, 2018 • 39 min
It was a great day for Westworld, a tough one for One Day at a Time, and more reactions to the 2018 Emmy nominations.
The Women Behind Two of the Year’s Best Films
Jul 5, 2018 • 57 min
Joanna Robinson talks to Blockers director Kay Cannon, and Richard Lawson talks to Leave No Trace director Debra Granik.
The Emmy Contenders Giving Us Hope
Jun 28, 2018 • 70 min
A case for our favorite of this year’s Emmy hopefuls, plus a conversation with one of them—Barry star and creator Bill Hader.
Judd Apatow Feels “Very Sad” For His Old Friend Roseanne Barr
Jun 21, 2018 • 77 min
The director of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling looks back at his comedy career and influences. Plus, a conversation with Howard’s End star Hayley Atwell and a look at the guest actor categories at the Emmys.
Mandy Moore Was At a “Low Point” Before This Is Us Came Along
Jun 14, 2018 • 48 min
The star of the smash drama joins us in studio to talk about how the show has changed her life and career. Plus, conversations about the Tony Awards, Incredibles 2, and one of the most fascinating Emmy races.
BONUS EPISODE: An In-Depth Conversation About The Fourth Estate
Jun 8, 2018 • 43 min
Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya and Joe Pompeo sit down for a wide-ranging talk about the Showtime docuseries that takes viewers inside The New York Times. But just how intimate is that access, and will non news-junkies even be interested?
Claire Danes Explains How Homeland Keeps Predicting the Future
Jun 7, 2018 • 69 min
The star of the Showtime series is also in the new film A Kid Like Jake. Plus conversations about the documentary series The Fourth Estate and this weekend’s big new release, Ocean’s 8.
The Best Movies of 2018 So Far
May 31, 2018 • 55 min
A guide to catching up now that the year is halfway over, plus a conversation, conducted May 11, with Jordan Klepper, host of The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.
One of the Year’s Best Movies Comes to HBO This Weekend
May 24, 2018 • 50 min
A look at the Cannes winners, a discussion of the HBO movie and Sundance hit The Tale, and a conversation with GLOW star Alison Brie.
When Will The Star Wars Universe Start Having More Fun?
May 17, 2018 • 65 min
With Solo earning positive reviews, could it inspire Lucasfilm to get more adventurous with their spinoffs? Plus, a look at the latest from Cannes, and an interview with Three Tall Women star Glenda Jackson.
How Lena Waithe Wound Up on *Dear White People*
May 10, 2018 • 53 min
Series creator Justin Simien spills all the previously secret details of the second season of the Netflix series, from the high-profile cameos to why no one ever mentions Donald Trump.
John Legend on Jesus Christ Superstar
May 3, 2018 • 49 min
The actor, musician, and Oscar-winner joins to talk about what worried him about the live musical, and why he’s still an optimist by nature.
Do The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld Still Have What It Takes?
Apr 26, 2018 • 46 min
The two high-profile prestige dramas are back, but can they hang on to the Emmys heat they had in their first seasons?
Why Cannes and Netflix Went to War
Apr 20, 2018 • 31 min
Rebecca Keegan joins to discuss the dustup between the prestigious festival and tech giant, and preview New York’s upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.
Guillermo del Toro on the “Heart of Darkness” That Is Awards Season
Apr 12, 2018 • 47 min
The Oscar winner reflects on his Shape of Water with William Friedkin in this exclusive preview of the upcoming episode of The Talkhouse Podcast. Plus, a conversation with Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore about Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Hollywood’s…
Why Don’t These Perfectly Good Movies Have Any Oscar Buzz?
Apr 5, 2018 • 34 min
A Quiet Place, Chappaquiddick, and Blockers are all worthy of your attention, but getting statues to go with it will be a bit harder. Plus, a discussion of the new TBS series The Last O.G.
Can Cannes Save Cinema?
Mar 29, 2018 • 44 min
Mike, Joanna, and Richard discuss the Cannes Film Festival essentially banning Netflix films, plus a check-in on a sexual harassment investigation within the Academy.
2019 Oscar Predictions (Yes, Really)
Mar 21, 2018 • 61 min
Decider’s Joe Reid joins for a look at the year ahead, and some bold — and probably foolish — best picture predictions for 2019.
All the Buzz Out of SXSW
Mar 15, 2018 • 38 min
Catching up on Blockers, American Animals, and more of the hottest titles out of the Austin festival. Plus a discussion about the new gay teen rom-com Love, Simon.
The Oscars: What You Didn’t See on TV
Mar 9, 2018 • 40 min
Hollywood Correspondent Nicole Sperling joins to reveal what really happens at the Oscars, from Jennifer Lawrence’s accidental grand entrance to who hung out at the bar.
BONUS EPISODE: The Day-After Oscars Explainer
Mar 5, 2018 • 50 min
How did The Shape of Water win best picture? What really happened inside the *Vanity Fair* party? And more details from inside the Oscars.
Final Oscar Predictions, Part 2
Mar 1, 2018 • 39 min
The second of two episodes predicting the 2018 Oscar winners, including best supporting actor, best actress, and best picture.
Final Oscar Predictions, Part 1
Feb 26, 2018 • 33 min
The first of two episodes predicting the 2018 Oscar winners, including best supporting actress, best actor, and best director.
Could Titanic Still Win Best Picture Today?
Feb 22, 2018 • 54 min
A look back at the 1998 Oscars, plus conversations about the BAFTA winners and the Oscar-nominated short films.
The Case for Dunkirk to Win Best Picture
Feb 15, 2018 • 42 min
A look at the best picture voting math suggests Christopher Nolan’s war epic might just have a chance. Plus, a discussion of the ideal food to serve for an Oscar party, with or without puns. With special guests Daniel Joyaux and Carla Lalli-Music.
The Most Surprising Awards Season Stories
Feb 8, 2018 • 45 min
Executive Awards Editor Anna Lisa Raya discusses Vanity Fair’s second-ever special awards season issue, which contains stories about everything from the surprisingly diverse animated feature category to James Cameron’s brush with a wardrobe malfunction…
Willem Dafoe’s Road from Experimental Theater to the Oscar Circuit
Feb 2, 2018 • 65 min
The Florida Project star sits down to talk about the path to his third Oscar nomination. Plus, a look at the still-in-flux best picture race, the buzz around Black Panther, and Sundance.
Explaining the 2018 Oscar Nominations
Jan 23, 2018 • 39 min
With mixed news for Three Billboards, a surprising surge for Phantom Thread, and a total baffler in the documentary category, there’s a lot to discuss.
Final Oscar Nomination Predictions
Jan 18, 2018 • 55 min
The Little Gold Men crew gathers to make their final predictions for the Oscar nominations, which includes figuring out just how popular Three Billboards is and debating whether Christopher Nolan really is the Charlie Brown of the Oscars.
The Golden Globes Took Away the One Oscar Frontrunner We Thought We Had
Jan 11, 2018 • 34 min
A topsy-turvy awards season only got muddier at the Golden Globes, and the awards nominations that have come since aren’t helping, either.
Predicting the Golden Globes Winners
Jan 5, 2018 • 38 min
A recap of a raucous New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony, a look ahead at the Golden Globes, and a conversation with Mudbound writer/director Dee Rees.
Lesley Manville and Jamie Bell, In Conversation
Dec 28, 2017 • 39 min
Richard Lawson interviews two of the fall’s most fascinating actors: Lesley Manville, of Phantom Thread, and Jamie Bell, of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.
The Backlash to the Star Wars Backlash
Dec 21, 2017 • 38 min
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has enraptured critics and divided audiences, but how much does the backlash matter? Plus discussion of The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World, and resolutions for the new year.
What the SAG Award Nominations Mean, and What They Don’t
Dec 14, 2017 • 63 min
New York Magazine’s Mark Harris joins for a wide-ranging conversation about the SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Plus, a conversation with Call Me By Your Name star Michael Stuhlbarg.
The One Oscar Frontrunner Everyone Can Agree On
Dec 7, 2017 • 40 min
The Best Picture field remains wide open, and most acting races are in flux, but one actor has emerged as a clear frontrunner, at last.
The First Awards of Awards Season Are Here
Nov 30, 2017 • 48 min
It’s been a good week for The Post, Get Out, and Call Me By Your Name, and it’s only getting better. Plus, Richard talks with Richard Jenkins about his role in the The Shape of Water.
Is Meryl Streep About to Crash the Oscar Race?
Nov 23, 2017 • 36 min
Steven Spielberg’s The Post is technically still under embargo, but early buzz suggests a major contender is about to overturn the Oscar race as we know it.
Inside the First Oscars Event of the Season
Nov 16, 2017 • 57 min
Rebecca Keegan reports back on the Academy’s Governor’s Awards, The Darkest Hour director Joe Wright stops by for an interview, and the terribleness of Justice League is discussed at length.
The Day Disney Blinked
Nov 9, 2017 • 53 min
Discussing the recent Disney v. Los Angeles Times kerfuffle, plus analyzing the trailer for The Post.
The New Scandal Rocking Awards Season
Nov 2, 2017 • 50 min
Kevin Spacey was a contender for a best supporting actor statue, until allegations against him put the fate of his entire movie in doubt. How Hollywood continues to move on from the latest sexual assault scandal.
The Most Wide-Open Oscar Race in Recent Memory
Oct 26, 2017 • 52 min
Every year Oscar pundits get excited when there doesn’t seem to be a best picture frontrunner, but this year it really seems to be true. How 2017 turned out to be such a puzzling Oscar year.
The Secret Weapon of the Best Movie on Netflix
Oct 19, 2017 • 59 min
Elizabeth Marvel, who stars in Noah Baumbach’s new film The Meyerowitz Stories, talks to Richard Lawson about her long and enviable career. Plus, conversations about the ongoing Harvey Weinstein fallout, Woody Allen’s latest, and, somehow, American Vandal.
Harvey Weinstein and the Week That Changed Hollywood
Oct 12, 2017 • 41 min
The producer who changed the Oscars and defined independent film for decades has been fired from his company after allegations of widespread sexual assault. So what happens now?
How Far Can Blade Runner 2049 Go?
Oct 5, 2017 • 41 min
The sci-fi drama opens this week with rave reviews and two big stars, but is Oscar glory ahead? Plus a look at the long, successful road of Call Me By Your Name and some debate on what Netflix is even doing in Oscar season.
What Makes Oscar Buzz Last?
Sep 27, 2017 • 44 min
A look at the films from earlier in the year working to be remembered, at films opening in the crush of fall movie season hoping to be noticed, and also *Kingsman: The Golden Circle*, just because.
Wrapping Up the Emmys and the Toronto Film Festival
Sep 21, 2017 • 53 min
In one day, the Emmy Awards were handed out and the Toronto Film Festival announced its most surprising Peoples Choice Award winner in years. We break down what it all means.
Live from Inside the Toronto Film Festival
Sep 14, 2017 • 45 min
An episode recorded literally inside the heart of TIFF, talking about the biggest films of the festival, and featuring a conversation with TIFF Long Take hosts Rob and Geoff about how the festival became central to awards season.
What We Learned About the Oscars at Telluride
Sep 7, 2017 • 38 min
Gary Oldman is a frontrunner, Emma Stone is back in the race, and a movie about a woman falling in love with a sea creature may be surprisingly moving: Richard Lawson reports back from the Telluride Film Festival.
What to Expect as Festival Season Begins
Aug 31, 2017 • 35 min
At the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals this weekend, some of the biggest movies of the fall season— and maybe the most Oscar-worthy— will premiere. Here’s your guide for what to expect and how to interpret the avalanche of buzz coming our way.
Are These The Funniest Movies Ever Made?
Aug 24, 2017 • 67 min
A conversation with BBC Culture’s Christian Blauvelt about the list of the 100 greatest film comedies ever made. Plus, interviews with Emmy nominees Ann Dowd (of *The Leftovers* and *The Handmaid’s Tale*) and Lena Waithe (*Master of None*).
How Can Game of Thrones Stick the Landing?
Aug 17, 2017 • 43 min
As the current season winds down, and the series finale looms in the distance, we wonder if Game of Thrones can continue to be critic-proof to the very end. Plus conversations about The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Steven Soderbergh’s new movie Logan…
Carrie Coon’s Amazing Five Years
Aug 10, 2017 • 57 min
Emmy-nominated actress Carrie Coon stops by to talk Leftovers, Fargo, and what’s next.
Which Oscar-Winner Deserves a Comeback?
Aug 3, 2017 • 31 min
In honor of Halle Berry’s latest thriller, Mike, Joanna, and Richard discuss Oscar-winning actors who need a little boost.
The Curious Case of Ben Affleck’s Post-Oscar Career
Jul 27, 2017 • 44 min
Amid rumors he won’t play Batman much longer, Ben Affleck seems a long way from the Oscar-winning director of Argo he was just five years ago. How did that happen, and what on earth is going on with Batman, anyway?
Can Dunkirk Hang In Through Oscar Season?
Jul 20, 2017 • 49 min
Christopher Nolan’s war movie is beautiful and thrilling, but can it be an awards contender? Plus discussion of the Game of Thrones season premiere, the confusing state of Twin Peaks, and the controversial new project from the Game of Thrones creators.
The Emmy Nominations, Explained
Jul 13, 2017 • 33 min
A look at the snubs and surprises of this year’s Emmy nominations, plus discussion of the new season of Game of Thrones and War for the Planet of the Apes.
A Hot Summer Afternoon Spent With Alec Baldwin
Jul 6, 2017 • 25 min
Ahead of Alec Baldwin’s “One Night Only” special on Spike TV, Mike Hogan and producer Jordan Bell caught up with the actor and famed Donald Trump portrayer on one very warm New York afternoon.
The Best Movies and TV Shows of the Year So Far
Jun 29, 2017 • 60 min
The team discusses the highlights of the year in film and television, which includes Okja, the new film from Bong Joon-ho now on Netflix that stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steven Yeun, who joins us for an interview about the film.
An Emmy Nominations Preview?
Jun 22, 2017 • 61 min
The Television Critics Association award nominations are out— do they tell us who the Emmy contenders will be as well? Plus a discussion about the shakeup on the Han Solo spinoff movie, and conversations with Stranger Things star David Harbour and Silicon…
Summer’s Feel-Good Indie Hit Is Almost Here
Jun 15, 2017 • 51 min
After winning over crowds at Sundance, the comedy The Big Sick is coming to theaters, and Richard Lawson talks to director Michael Showalter about bringing it to life. Plus more looks at the ongoing Emmys campaign season, including the awards hopes for…
The Hollywood Events Even Crazier than Oscar Night
Jun 8, 2017 • 56 min
It’s June, which means it’s Emmy season— and the town is going crazier than ever in the pursuit of a different set of little gold statues. Plus: a conversation with The Mick star Kaitlin Olson, and some head-scratching at The Mummy.
Is Wonder Woman Really the Best Superhero Movie Ever?
Jun 1, 2017 • 60 min
Why the Rotten Tomatoes score doesn’t tell you everything about the latest DC Movie. Plus a look back at Cannes, and a conversation with The Crown star Claire Foy.
The Triumphant Return of Twin Peaks
May 25, 2017 • 48 min
A look inside the new Star Wars portfolio in Vanity Fair, one last dispatch from Cannes, and a celebration of the wonderfully weird Twin Peaks,now back on TV.
Anthony Michael Hall’s Stranger-than-Fiction Hollywood Story
May 18, 2017 • 46 min
A conversation with the teen movie icon and star of the new Netflix drama War Machine. Plus a look ahead at the Cannes Film Festival.
God Bless Goldie Hawn
May 11, 2017 • 32 min
A look at two new releases— Snatched and Alien: Covenant— the new season of the Netflix series Master of None, and the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which gave us all a look into How The Kids Think Now.
Are Horror Movies Awards Bait Now?
May 4, 2017 • 49 min
Richard, Mike, and Joanna discuss the sudden resurgence of prestige horror, plus an interview with Underground creator Misha Green.
What Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale Like So Much About Each Other
Apr 27, 2017 • 44 min
A conversation with the co-stars of The Promise, plus a look at the potential WGA strike and a reflection on Jonathan Demme’s remarkable career.
What It’s Like to Have Someone Play You on TV
Apr 20, 2017 • 51 min
A conversation with Rebecca Skloot and Rose Byrne, who plays Rebecca Skloot in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Plus a look at this season of The Leftovers and the Tribeca Film Festival.
No One Makes Movies Like These Anymore…. Except James Gray
Apr 13, 2017 • 53 min
The director of Lost City of Z joins to discuss the passion (and possibly insanity) that drove him from New York City’s outer boroughs to the Bolivian jungle, and why he was so happy to come back. Plus discussion of the MTV Movie and TV Awards and Kathryn…
The Reese vs. Nicole Battle Begins
Apr 6, 2017 • 46 min
Richard, Joanna, and Mike discuss the Emmy-destined Big Little Lies. Plus: Anne Hathaway’s monster movie and a look at some Cannes hopefuls.
What’s Next for the Academy After Envelopegate?
Mar 30, 2017 • 58 min
A dispatch from Rebecca Keegan on the Academy’s big meeting, a look at the Feud episodes all about the Oscars, and a moment to wonder if whitewashing has finally become bad business for Hollywood.
Why Some People Never Stop Chasing Oscars
Mar 23, 2017 • 46 min
We welcome special guest David Sims, co-host of the Blank Check Podcast, to discuss Steven Spielberg’s Oscar history and how he might win one more. Plus an early look at the Emmy best drama race.
The Movie That Proves Charlize Theron Can Do Anything
Mar 16, 2017 • 40 min
Fresh from SXSW, Joanna Robinson reveals which films to look forward to, and even a few with Oscar buzz! Plus discussion of Get Out, Personal Shopper, and Beauty and the Beast.
It’s Never Too Early to Predict the 2018 Oscars
Mar 9, 2017 • 49 min
Decider’s Joe Reid joins us to share his 2018 Oscar predictions, and to look back at the predictions we all made together last year—we didn’t see Moonlight coming at all and were way too high on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
How Moonlight Pulled Off the Best Picture Upset
Mar 2, 2017 • 39 min
Days after the Oscars, there’s still so much to discuss about the surprising best picture win, the history Moonlight made, and what changes might come after that big envelope-opening snafu.
BONUS EPISODE: The Morning-After Oscars Explainer
Feb 27, 2017 • 37 min
How did Moonlight beat La La Land? What on earth happened with the envelopes? Who was partying with Vanity Fair after? That and much more, explained.
Backstage at the Oscars
Feb 24, 2017 • 48 min
VF’s Hollywood Correspondent Rebecca Keegan has been on a fly on the wall backstage at the Oscars for years, and joins to share her stories from inside. Plus, our final Oscar predictions, for best director and best picture.
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Feb 23, 2017 • 32 min
What really happens when you get a lot of famous people in one room? In the Limelight co-host Julie Miller shares stories from inside the famous soiree. Plus, discussion of the animated short film nominees and predictions for best actor and actress.
Who Will Win the First Oscars of the Night?
Feb 22, 2017 • 35 min
The supporting actor and actress Oscar categories, typically handed out early in the broadcast, are your best chance to see major movie stars without staying up too late. We predict those categories, and also discuss the live-action short nominees.OSCAR…
When Taraji P. Henson Does All Your Oscar Campaigning For You
Feb 21, 2017 • 29 min
Ted Melfi is nominated for two Oscars this year, but as the co-writer and director of Hidden Figures, he’s been happy to let stars like Taraji P. Henson take center stage. Plus, the beginning of our Oscar predictions!
The Oscar Nominees Most Likely to Break Your Heart
Feb 20, 2017 • 43 min
The documentary short films category can be difficult to predict, but includes some of the best films in the running. We discuss these heartbreakers, and also talk to Roger Ross Williams, director of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Life, Animated.
The Feud That Will Help You Survive Your Post-Oscars Hangover
Feb 16, 2017 • 32 min
With Oscar voting in full swing, we discuss the results of the BAFTA awards and make a few last-minute pleas to voters. Then we get an advance look at the TV addiction of the spring, Ryan Murphy’s Feud.
La La Land Is Poised to Make Oscar History
Feb 9, 2017 • 33 min
After winning a Directors Guild Award over the weekend, La La Land director Damien Chazelle seems ready to become the youngest best director Oscar winner in history. Can anything stop him? Plus, the annual Oscar nominee group…
What Happens When Awards Season and Politics Collide
Feb 2, 2017 • 44 min
With Hollywood fired up and angrier than ever in the early days of the Trump administration, what does the next month of red carpets have in store? Plus, our interview with the filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated short documentary The White Helmets.
Inside the 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue
Jan 26, 2017 • 37 min
The annual tradition of gathering Hollywood’s best and brightest has continued with this year’s Hollywood Issue, and Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins to give us a look behind the scenes of the biggest photo shoot of the year.…
BONUS EPISODE: What We Learned from the Oscar Nominations
Jan 24, 2017 • 25 min
The gang gathers from three different time zones to hash out this year’s Oscar nominations, including the snubs (Amy Adams!), the surprises (Michael Shannon!), and the truly inexplicable (Oscar nominee Suicide Squad!).
What’s Already Different About This Year’s Oscars
Jan 19, 2017 • 44 min
A look ahead at next week’s Oscar nominations announcement, plus an interview with Captain Fantastic writer/director Matt Ross.
How Andrew Garfield Learned to Stop Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
Jan 12, 2017 • 48 min
The star of Hacksaw Ridge and Silence addresses his viral Golden Globes moment, how he learned to handle fame, and what he learned about self-loathing from Mike Nichols. Plus a look at the Golden Globes winners and the latest in Oscar buzz.
What to Expect at the Golden Globes
Jan 5, 2017 • 33 min
With the first major televised awards show of the season coming, we predict the upsets and the viral moments, plus a look at the box office hits that emerged over the holiday.
The Best Movies of 2016
Dec 29, 2016 • 40 min
We discuss Richard Lawson’s top 10 list and our own picks for the best films of the year—plus one can’t-miss TV show.
How Hollywood Will Spend Its Christmas Vacation
Dec 22, 2016 • 32 min
As the industry shuts down for a holiday break and digs into their piles of screeners, we predict where the season’s buzz is headed—and which films will benefit most from the awards nominations thus far.
Understanding the Golden Globes and SAG Nominations
Dec 15, 2016 • 34 min
Why Octavia Spencer is suddenly in the club but Annette Bening might not be. Plus, there’s a new Star Wars movie!
The Big Oscar Season Problem No One Is Talking About
Dec 8, 2016 • 38 min
New critics’ awards and the upcoming Golden Globes give us lots of Oscar buzz to discuss. But first, we address the situation with Casey Affleck, whose best actor campaign doesn’t seem hampered by sexual assault allegations…but should it be?
How to Understand Critic’s Awards
Dec 2, 2016 • 35 min
With a slew of critic’s groups and other groups handing out the first awards of the year, we take a look at what it all means, which titles have emerged on top, and how the box office might make more of a difference than anything else.
Yes, Viola Davis Is Going to Win an Oscar
Nov 24, 2016 • 41 min
As voting deadlines for various critic’s groups loom, a number of movies have finally revealed themselves, most notably Fences—a slam-dunk Oscar win for Viola Davis, and a possible coronation of Denzel Washington as an actor-turned-director genius.
How Will Donald Trump Affect the Oscar Race?
Nov 17, 2016 • 43 min
In the wake of the unexpected conclusion to the presidential election, we debate how Hollywood will react. Plus, updates on the state of the Harry Potter franchise and Manchester by the Sea, and a dispatch from Rebecca Keegan about the Governor’s Awards
Get Ready for Lin-Manuel Miranda to Dominate Oscar Season, Too
Nov 10, 2016 • 36 min
This week we check in on new buzz surrounding Fences and the AFI Film Festival, then chalk up the awards chances of Netflix’s ultra-lavish new series The Crown. Finally, we accept the inevitable: Lin-Manuel Miranda is totally going to win an Oscar.
The Oscar Campaign So Crazy It Just Might Work
Nov 3, 2016 • 36 min
This week we catch up on lots of small developments in awards season, from the quixotic campaign for Sausage Party to the release of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. We also share Richard’s interview with French actress Isabelle Huppert, star of Elle.
How to Get Away With Category Fraud
Oct 27, 2016 • 40 min
With the news confirmed that Viola Davis will be running as a supporting actress for Fences— the role that won her a lead actress Tony award— we talk about the perennial problem of category fraud, and why women are so much more likely to be considered…
Why It Might Be Hard to Get Oscar Nominations For The Year’s Best Performances
Oct 20, 2016 • 47 min
Opening in theaters this week, Moonlight features stellar performances from everyone in its cast—but its unique structure makes it particularly challenging in the context of an Oscar campaign. We discuss the film that has us all swooning, and then talk to…
Inside the Strongest Best Actress Race in Years
Oct 13, 2016 • 36 min
Looking at the performances from Emma Stone, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, and more that have everybody buzzing. Plus a post-mortem on The Birth of a Nation’s box-office failure and some bold predictions about the best supporting actress race. Panoply…
Molly Shannon Is Ready to Make You Cry
Oct 6, 2016 • 43 min
The star of the indie drama Other People talks about how she’s been playing dramatic characters even since her SNL days—whether or not people noticed. Plus discussion of the new HBO drama Westworld and the state of the best supporting actor race. Panoply…
Will Denzel Washington Win Oscar Number Three?
Sep 29, 2016 • 45 min
The Fences trailer has us pretty excited, and we’re still asking questions about Birth of a Nation.
Did the 2016 Emmys Spell Trouble for Trump?
Sep 22, 2016 • 41 min
Well, the diversity of winners was certainly heartening to see. Mike, Richard, and Joanna assess the awards, and share stories from the party circuit. Plus: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s new trailer!
Who Will Win at the Emmys This Weekend?
Sep 16, 2016 • 40 min
With TV’s big night around the corner, Richard and Joanna handicap the big races. Plus: can La La Land’s Toronto momentum last till Oscar night?
Did Next Year’s Best Picture Premiere at Telluride?
Sep 8, 2016 • 37 min
Maybe! Richard recounts his adventures in the mountains, where La La Land and Moonlight cast a spell. Plus: an interview with Emmy nominee Judith Light.
Why Do Actors Keep Falling in Love on This Guy’s Film Sets?
Sep 1, 2016 • 64 min
A conversation with The Light Between Oceans director Derek Cianfrance, and a discussion about an under-the-radar Oscar hopeful.
Should Oscar Voters Worry About Nate Parker’s Past?
Aug 25, 2016 • 46 min
The director of The Birth of a Nation was acquitted on rape charges in 2001, but the controversy is just beginning. Plus: are these really the 100 best movies since 2000?
The Big Breakouts of 2016 So Far
Aug 18, 2016 • 44 min
Discussing Logan Lerman, Anya Taylor Joy, and Kate McKinnon’s banner year. Plus: could Sausage Party get an Oscar nomination?
The Most Shocking Performance of the Year?
Aug 11, 2016 • 49 min
On this week’s episode, Mike, Richard, and special co-host Hillary Busis talk about Isabelle Huppert’s intense performance in the Oscar-y French film ELLE. Also: a rave for Pete’s Dragon and a look at the New York Film Festival lineup.
Can We Like Woody Allen Movies Anymore?
Aug 4, 2016 • 34 min
A discussion of Suicide Squad naturally leads to Woody Allen and his Café Society in this week’s Little Gold Men.
Oscar Season Has (Almost) Officially Begun
Jul 28, 2016 • 49 min
On this week’s episode, we look back at ComicCon, and ahead to the Toronto Film Festival, whose lineup helps clarify what this year’s Oscar race might look like.
The TV Sensation of the Summer?
Jul 21, 2016 • 49 min
On this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast, Mike, Richard, and Joanna discuss Stranger Things, the new Netflix series that’s a scary, nostalgic blast. Then we’re joined by our colleague Julie Miller for a ComicCon preview. Plus: Emmys…
The Most Hated, Most Beloved Movie of the Year
Jul 13, 2016 • 45 min
On this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast, Mike, Richard, and our esteemed temporary co-host Joanna Robinson debate the merits of “Ghostbusters” and its legion of “ghostbro” haters. From there, the conversation moves to “Swiss Army…
Would a More Diverse Academy Have Given That Oscar to Gabourey Sidibe?
Jul 7, 2016 • 40 min
As AMPAS addresses its diversity problem by inducting a huge new class of voters, Mike Hogan and Richard Lawson get the inside scoop from L.A. Times reporter Rebecca Keegan - and indulge in a bit of reckless speculation regarding the 2009 race for best…
Summer Movie Season’s Surprise Hit
Jun 30, 2016 • 40 min
This week we have a tale of two summer movies: one, Independence Day: Resurgence, a sequel that nobody asked for and not that many people saw either, and the other, The Lobster, a surprise arthouse hit. Even bigger surprise? We have a lot of affection for…
Will Every Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eventually Have a TV Show?
Jun 23, 2016 • 45 min
Cameron Crowe has had a rough go of it since winning the best original screenplay Oscar for Almost Famous, but Showtime’s Roadies could serve as something of a comeback— maybe. ON this week’s episode Joanna Robinson joins us to talk about her visit to the…
What the Oscars Should Learn From the Tonys
Jun 16, 2016 • 50 min
This week we finally have an awards show to talk about— the Tonys! The Broadway awards were a bigger hit than usual this year, and had the usual expected doses of earnest enthusiasm; we debate whether any of that can actually translate to the movie-star…
The 50 Movies That Should Have Changed Hollywood History
Jun 9, 2016 • 42 min
This week we’re joined by Slate’s Aisha Harris, co-author of The Black Film Canon, a piece that highlights the 50 best films by black directors - many of which you’ve probably never heard of, which is precisely why there needs to be a black film canon in…
The Oscar Winner Butterfly Effect
Jun 2, 2016 • 42 min
With a special guest appearance from Decider.com’s Joe Reid, we look back at Oscar history to watch what would happen if, say, you took Kathy Bates’s Oscar and gave it to Julia Roberts. Plus an examination of why the Oscars seem so allergic to comedies,…
What Everyone Got Mad About at Cannes
May 26, 2016 • 46 min
When the Cannes Film Festival awards were announced on Sunday they were met with boos in the press room— why? Richard Lawson explains what went down, and then three special guests and fashion experts join to discuss the other thing everybody was talking…
Inside the Cannes Film Festival
May 19, 2016 • 36 min
Richard phones in from Cannes to fill Katey and Mike in on the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, from the Oscar contenders that are already emerging to the way Leonardo DiCaprio made even a room full of glamorous Cannes attendees starstruck.
Game of Thrones Is Great, But What About Its Actors?
May 12, 2016 • 51 min
With Mike and Richard both en route to the Cannes Film Festival, Katey enlists VF.com’s Hollywood writer, and podcast expert, Joanna Robinson as co-host, as the two discuss the week in Oscar news, the careers of the actors on Game of Thrones, and get into…
Rob Reiner Has a Plan to Save the Oscars—and the Country
May 5, 2016 • 38 min
The acclaimed director of A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, and now Being Charlie weighs in on modern politics— including Ted Cruz’s love of The Princess Bride and what Archie Bunker would think of Donald Trump— as well as what went into making his most…
How Jason Bateman Has Kept Up a 3-Decade Hollywood Career
Apr 28, 2016 • 46 min
The actor and director of the new indie The Family Fang joins us to talk about the start of his directing career (at the age of 18!) and what you learn about yourself when you direct Christopher Walken. Also discussed: Michael Keaton and Meryl Streep’s…
What Will Be This Year’s Mad Max? Or Carol? We May Know Already
Apr 21, 2016 • 58 min
This week we’re joined by Indiewire’s film editor Kate Erbland to run down this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, and we dig into new release The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which stars one Oscar winner and therefore can’t be ignored. Plus chatter about the…
The Best Movies of the Year So Far Are …
Apr 14, 2016 • 56 min
We’re a quarter of the way through 2016, and are there any good movies out there at all? Yes, says our guest Matt Patches, the senior entertainment editor for Thrillist, who is keeping a running list of the year’s best movies, and is already getting hate…
Where Are All the Good Scripts in Hollywood? This Guy Knows Where
Apr 7, 2016 • 38 min
This week we welcome special guest Franklin Leonard, the founder and CEO of The Blacklist, which is the perennial answer to the question “where are all the good movies?” We ask Franklin about how he and The Blacklist dig up the best unproduced screenplays…
The Best Movie of 2016 So Far Is Not a Movie
Mar 31, 2016 • 40 min
Giving in to what we’ve actually been obsessed with since the Oscars, we dive into The People v. O.J. Simpson, the FX miniseries that has us and much of the country re-obsessed with a 20-year-old trial. From there we look at an accidental trilogy of music…
The 1996 Oscars, 20 Years Later
Mar 24, 2016 • 39 min
Joined by special guest Christine Lahti, who won an Oscar in 1996 for her short film Lieberman in Love, we look back at the ceremony that happened 20 years ago this week, from the bad fashion to Christine’s memorable competition with the likes of Jeff…
Who Is Crazy Enough To Make 2017 Oscar Predictions?
Mar 17, 2016 • 35 min
The Oscars may be over, but the seeds of Oscar season are sown well before anybody actually starts campaigning— which is why we’re keeping Little Gold Men going through the “off-season” between now and Labor Day. To kick things off, we’re joined by…
Explaining the Oscars
Feb 29, 2016 • 28 min
Oscar night is over, so how did it all happen, and why? Katey and Mike, still in formal wear from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, join Richard to discuss the awards and the big, big surprise that came at the end of the night.
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Feb 27, 2016 • 40 min
In this special pre-Oscars episode, we’re joined by Vanity Fair’s executive director of public relations Beth Kseniak to share stories from inside Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar party, from attempted gate-crashers to the good old days when a wall was knocked…
Why an Oscar Can Be Worth $50 Million
Feb 25, 2016 • 52 min
With Oscar night just days away, we welcome Deadline Hollywood’s awards expert Pete Hammond to talk about the real nitty gritty of the awards race, and how The Revenant seems to have pulled off a late-breaking surge to win the whole thing. Also this week:…
Meet the Woman Who Tells Leonardo DiCaprio Who Will Win the Oscars
Feb 18, 2016 • 35 min
This week we’re joined by the New York legend and awards season powerhouse Peggy Siegal, the publicist and hostess behind the New York luncheons, dinners, and cocktail parties that are crucial for anyone who wants to win an Oscar. A woman who sees plays…
Being an Oscar Nominee Isn’t as Hard as Climbing Everest, But It’s Close
Feb 11, 2016 • 47 min
Room’s best director nominee Lenny Abrahamson joins us with a dispatch from the thick of awards season, where you have to be in shape to shake all those hands and to survive the buzz that says you’re never getting nominated— having an 8-year-old…
Whoopi Goldberg and Tom McCarthy Share Secrets from the Awards Circuit
Feb 4, 2016 • 61 min
Two incredible guests this week: Whoopi Goldberg, a four-time Oscars host, Oscar winner, and presenter at this year’s awards, shares her stories from the stage and her thoughts on Hollywood’s ongoing push for more diversity, at the Oscars and beyond. Then…
How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity Problem?
Jan 28, 2016 • 46 min
In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the Academy’s bold new rule changes to try to correct the problem, we talk about Hollywood’s overall diversity dilemma, with some input from Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, and John Legend. From there we catch up on the biggest…
Why Nobody Really Knows What Will Win Best Picture
Jan 21, 2016 • 46 min
With the Oscar nominations now behind us, we take a look at the closest best picture race in recent memory, and bring back Decider’s Joe Reid to talk about This Had Oscar Buzz, the 2015 class. We also make bold predictions about one of the year’s…
Explaining the Oscar Nominations
Jan 14, 2016 • 73 min
We react to the 2016 Oscar nominations with surprise, resignation, and in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, awe that it happened at all. From there we share our interview with Domhnall Gleeson, who stars in two best picture nominees (The Revenant and…
The Golden Globes After-Party
Jan 11, 2016 • 26 min
While Hollywood recovers from its hangovers, we gather for a special Little Gold Men episode to digest the Golden Globes— the winners, the losers, the many surprises, and the standing ovations that tell us a lot about Oscar season.
How Star Wars Changed Ridley Scott’s Life
Jan 7, 2016 • 62 min
As New York floods with awards hopefuls getting in face time before Oscar voting closes, we have two great interviews to share: first with Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard, the director and writer, respectively, of The Martian, and then with Sarah Silverman,…
Why Is It So Hard to Pick the Best Movies of 2015?
Dec 31, 2015 • 39 min
For the final episode of the year, we look back at the year in film and the wacky Oscar race that has resulted. Plus, a conversation with Elizabeth Banks, star of Love and Mercy and the final Hunger Games movie as well as director of Pitch Perfect 2.…
How to Use Ryan Gosling in an Ugly Wig to Explain the Financial Crisis
Dec 24, 2015 • 40 min
Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and a fellow podcaster, joins us to talk about the sense of anger— but also humor— that led him to make the financial crisis film The Big Short, and why he absolutely had to bring in Anthony Bourdain to help him do…
Can Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crash the Oscar Race?
Dec 17, 2015 • 33 min
We’ve finally seen the new Star Wars film, so we discuss (with minimal spoilers!) whether it lived up to the hype, and what its Oscar potential might be. From there we talk to Jennifer Jason Leigh, a Golden Globe nominee for her role in Quentin…
How to Make Sense of the Golden Globe Nominations
Dec 10, 2015 • 35 min
After a crazy week of awards nominations, top ten lists, and everyone complaining about “snubs,” we sort through the SAG and Golden Globe Nominations and the critical buzz to figure what’s really happening with awards season now. Then we use all of that…
How Leonardo DiCaprio Will Finally Win an Oscar
Dec 3, 2015 • 37 min
We’ve finally seen The Revenant, so we dig into the awards potential of the grim, long Western that should finally get DiCaprio his little gold man. From there we look back at our favorite Oscar wins of the recent past, and then forward to the upcoming…
Did the Oscars Really Begin as a Publicity Scam?
Nov 19, 2015 • 36 min
Special guest Karina Longworth, host of the Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This, joins us to explain how producer David O. Selznick bucked Hollywood tradition to put his weight behind future Oscar behemoth Gone With the Wind. We also discuss…
And the Year’s Best Oscar Campaign Is …
Nov 5, 2015 • 28 min
Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins us to give a real insider’s look at the year’s Oscar campaigns so far, and make a bold prediction about the Best Picture hopes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And speaking of bold predictions,…
When Oscar Buzz Goes Sour
Oct 22, 2015 • 31 min
Special guest Joe Reid joins us to talk about his Tumblr This Had Oscar Buzz and look back at movies that didn’t quite make it into the annual derby. Plus we discuss your choices for under-appreciated Oscar contenders of years past, ponder the awards…
Jason Segel Still Gets Starstruck at the Oscars
Oct 8, 2015 • 38 min
Our special guest Jason Segel, who plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, tells us what was scary about taking on the role, what it was like to attend the Oscars with The Muppets, and how the help of friends like Paul Rudd has raised the…
So, Is Johnny Depp Finally Going to Win that Oscar?
Sep 24, 2015 • 30 min
The Oscars may not be until February, but awards season has already kicked off. In the first episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men, Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Richard Lawson discuss the two buzziest titles from the Toronto Film Festival, Room and…