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42 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Episode Fifteen (2013) - Fare Thee Well
It was the year 12 Years a Slave made Oscar history, even if most pundits were predicting Gravity. The Inside Llewyn Davis journey started in Cannes, then went bust come Oscar time. And Marty and Paul Thomas Anderson talk Wolf of Wall Street. And goodbye to my friend Craig.
51 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Episode Fourteen (2012) - Argo wins Best Picture, but not before Zero Dark Thirty got destroyed. Life of Pi teaches us about Saying Goodbye
Competing Oscar narratives in 2012 made it seem like a wide open year. But Argo emerged the frontrunner when Ben Affleck was surprisingly left off the Best Director list. It was a competitive year and the year Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. It was a hard year for me emotionally and looking back reminds me of someone very dear to me who died of an overdose this past year.
55 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode Thirteen (2011) - The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Attending Cannes and the Oscars for the first time
The Artist won Best Picture in 2011 - but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Hugo were the movies I was most captivated by. But taking my daughter to Cannes was, to me, the best thing about it. Also, what it was like going to the Oscars and the continuing struggle of life online.
39 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Special Interview with My Daughter Emma
My daughter moved to New York this year and I wanted to capture the moment on a podcast. The sound is a little bad since we're driving. We were driving across the country and decided to record a conversation
61 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Special Interview with Michael Grei
One of my best friends Michael Grei and I discuss our friendship, the Oscars and life in general. Michael was my former boss back in the 1980s at the video store in Santa Monica. We've been friends ever since.
59 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Episode Twelve - The Social Network - 2010: "Drop the THE. Just Facebook. It's Cleaner."
In 2010 I watched the Social Network 30 times. It is among my all time favorite films. It did not win Best Picture but that didn't seem to matter. 2010 was also the year I first went to the Cannes Film Festival.
53 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Episode Eleven - The Hurt Locker - 2009: If I'm Going to Die, I'm Going to Die Comfortable
The first woman wins Best Director, Avatar breaks box office records, Up in the Air, Precious, An Education all nominated as the Academy expands to ten Best Picture nominees. And it's off to Italy and Paris.
43 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Episode Ten - Slumdog Millionaire - 2008: I was Thinking About How Nothing Lasts, and What a Shame That Is
The Dark Knight changes the Best Picture race forever, Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Picture, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button remains probably the best of them. Thinking about movies that make relationships - and how to forgive people who do terrible things.
77 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Bonus Episode - Interview with AwardsDaily's Editor Ryan Adams
He joined the site in 2007 and has been a faithful friend and great addition to the site ever since. We have a long chat...
43 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode Nine - No Country for Old Men - 2007 - If the Road You Have Traveled Has Brought You to This, of What Use was the Road?
No Country for Old Men wins Best Picture, Best Director(s),Best Screenplay - Roderick Jaynes is nominated for but does not win Best Editing in a year that also saw There Will Be Blood, La Vie en Rose and Ratatouille
34 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Episode Eight 2006 -The Departed - I'm the Guy Doing his Job, You Must be the Other Guy
Martin Scorsese finally wins Best Director for his most excellent film The Departed. But it was a closer race than it might have been, with Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima. I finally took my daughter to Italy to meet her father.
37 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode Seven -Brokeback Mountain - 2005 - Why Can't I Quit You?
Returning from a long break and visiting the year was 2005 -- Brokeback Mountain was the film to beat until Crash won in an 11th hour shocker.
38 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Episode Six - Million Dollar Baby - 2004 You Don't Understand My Plight
The year was 2004 -- Million Dollar Baby came in at the last minute and beat Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. But it was also the year that Alexander Payne's wonderful film Sideways entered the race.
44 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
Episode Five - Return of the King - 2003 - I'm Glad You Here With Me, Here at the End of All Things
The year was 2003 and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was about to win Best Picture. A new relationship would upend our lives and cause much damage. But it would be a learning experience like no other.
45 minutes | Nov 24, 2019
Episode Four - Chicago - 2002 - And That's Showbiz, Kid
It was the year Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein faced off for the Best Picture Oscar. Nicole Kidman, Adrien Brody won Oscars in lead. Chicago would be the big winner in Best Picture.
39 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Episode Three - A Beautiful Mind - 2001 - To Be a Poet and Not Know the Trade
A Beautiful Mind was hit with a smear campaign, a publicist makes contact, a bad break up and a new move, plus Halle Berry and Denzel Washington make history at the Oscars
41 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Episode Two - Gladiator - 2000 - What We Do in Life Echoes in Eternity
Gladiator beats Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and why Almost Famous continues to resonate over time. Oscars at the turn of the millennium, how social media has changed everything and what it was like to pretend to be a journalist.
51 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Intro and Episode One - I Think it Would be Fun to Run a Newspaper
Why did I start an Oscars website 20 years ago? What has it been like living online from the turn of the millennium to now. How did I raise a baby and a podcast at the same time? Welcome to Gold Tripping, a podcast memoir that lays it all out. This episode is about the events in my life that led me to a life online.
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