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The People vs. Oscar
83 minutes | May 25, 2021
2020 - "The Eight Hundred" vs. "Nomadland"
The pandemic may have shut down movie theaters, but it couldn't shut down The People vs. Oscars (or the Oscars themselves). With US theaters shut down, China's war blockbuster "The Eight Hundred" was the first foreign language highest worldwide grosser since we did "War and Peace." That went up against Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," which became the first Best Picture winner to debut on Hulu. It's a brave new world.
77 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
The 2010s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites & a Fond Farewell
Our past has now become our present, we have officially closed out the 2010s. As we wait for the 2020 Oscars to be held, we wanted to name our favorite movies of the 2010s, offer some suggestions and take a look back at the past four years of our podcast. Thanks again to all our wonderful listeners! We’ve really appreciated you going on this ride with us!
80 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
2019 - "Avengers: Endgame" vs. "Parasite"
Our final regular episode of the series (until the 2020 Oscars) is quite a doozie. In one corner, we have Avengers Endgame, the highest grossing film of all time. The thrilling conclusion to Phase 3 of the MCU brings together twelve years of Marvel. Meanwhile, the Oscars broke new ground this year when they awarded Bong Joon Ho's Parasite with Best Picture. This made it the first International film in a foreign language to win Best Picture. Which movie will take the win? Will the People or the Oscars win out in the end? Listen to find out!
76 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
2018 - "Avengers Infinity War" vs. "Green Book"
'Every time somebody is driving somebody, I lose!' - Spike Lee about Green Book 'Every time somebody is snapping, I lose!' - The Avengers about Thanos All the members of the MCU have gathered together for the first of a two part epic extravanganza in "Avengers Inifinity War." Meanwhile, the Oscars decided to replay an old favorite genre with "Green Book." Which one wins out in a battle? Listen to find out.
88 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
2017 - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" vs. "The Shape of Water"
2017 was all about fish. Fish men, fish nuns, sea life was all around us. Rian Johnson's middle chapter in the most recent Star Wars trilogy polarized many fans. In some ways, Guillermo Del Toro's "The Shape of Water" did the same with many people calling it the "safe choice" for the Oscars. Where will we fall on both of these movies? Who will win, the people or the Oscars? Tune in to find out.
73 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
2016 - "Captain America: Civil War" vs. "Moonlight"
There's no envelope confusion here. The Oscar winning masterpiece "Moonlight" pulled off the upset of the century by defeating the juggernaut "La La Land" in 2016. This week, it goes up against "Captain America: Civil War," the MCU film that pitted its two stars against each other. Captain America vs. Iron Man. MCU vs. Moonlight. Who comes out on top? Listen to find out!
66 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
2015 - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" vs. "Spotlight"
The "Star Wars" franchise returned with a bang. The new trilogy soothed any lingering burns from the previous prequel monstrosities and introduced us to new, great characters. Is this first chapter - "The Force Awakens" - their finest hour? Meanwhile, "Spotlight" won Best Picture with only an additional Original Screenplay. How did this little movie that could take the big prize and does its win hold up years later?
67 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
2014 - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" vs. "Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
Imagine "transforming" from a superhero actor to respected thespian? The Best Picture winner of 2014 follows Michael Keaton as a movie star who struggles to be taken seriously when he adapts a Raymond Carter play. This marked the first of two director wins for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. While the Oscars may have gone "highbrow," the people went "lowbrow" with the fourth installment in the "Transformers" franchise. "Age of Extinction" jettisoned all of the human characters from previous films and focused on Marky Mark himself in a war against big tech and a tyrannical government. Did the new cast breathe new life in the franchise, or put a stake in it? Listen to find out.
92 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
2013 - "Frozen" vs. "12 Years a Slave"
It's hard to think of two more disparate movies than "Frozen" and "12 Years a Slave." However, that's what the People and the Oscars had in store for us this year. "Frozen" represents the final movie we're covering for The People that isn't a sequel or based on IP. The mega-hit musical embedded itself in popular culture, but does it still resonate? Meanwhile, "12 Years a Slave" beat "Gravity" for Best Picture and launched Lupita Nyong'o into stardom. The graphic depiction of slavery through the eyes of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) won rave reviews. Does Steve McQueen's epic still live up to the high praise? Listen to find out.
87 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
2012 - "The Avengers" vs. "Argo"
Podcasters, Assemble!!! We've reached an important milestone. "The Avengers" was one of the foundational moments in Matt & Chris' friendship. It commemorates the day they moved into the same house together in college. The groundbreaking cinematic universe builder goes up against another thrill ride. "Argo" was a commercial and critical hit in 2012, but almost had its Oscar hopes dashed when Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director. 8 years later, does the film age better or worse? Listen to find out.
80 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
2011 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" vs. "The Artist"
First there were silent movies; now there are loud blockbusters. The Hollywood of old and now come head to head in our 2011 face-off: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" vs. "The Artist." How does the end of one of the biggest franchises hold up, especially in light of J.K. Rowling's views? Meanwhile, does the charm of "The Artist's" silent movie throwback still work nine years? Listen to find out.
72 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
2010 - "Toy Story 3" vs. "The King's Speech"
Two friendships face off in our first podcast of the 2010s! Woody and Buzz conquered the box office and forced us all to weep in "Toy Story 3." The third film in the groundbreaking Pixar series became the third animated film to earn a nomination for Best Picture. However, it lost to the inspirational British tale "The King's Speech." Colin Firth won Best Actor for his work as King George VI, who suffered from a stutter. Will the stuttering King win out against the crafty bunch of animated toys? Listen to find out!
77 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
The 2000s Oscars - Matt & Chris' Favorites
After a long hiatus, we're back with our recap of the 2000s. While these films may have won gold and money, not everything was a winner with us. Hear us call out our favorite performances, most influential filmmakers of the time and offer more recommendations on what to watch from the early 2000s.
86 minutes | May 13, 2020
2009 - "Avatar" vs. "The Hurt Locker"
A tale as old as time - ex wife vs. ex husband. Few narratives were more ready made than the David/Goliath fight for the Oscar Best Picture prize in 2009. James Cameron beat himself for the highest grossing movie of all-time, as "Avatar" overtook "Titanic." Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" was the little indie that could, winning Best Picture to become the lowest grossing Best Picture winner in the modern era. Which holds up best over a decade later? Which one of these films deserves four sequels? Listen to find out.
71 minutes | Apr 18, 2020
2008 - "The Dark Knight" vs. "Slumdog Millionaire"
Looking to travel back to a simpler time! The year is 2008... recession is on the mind, rather than recession AND pandemic. Still, "The Dark Knight" won rave reviews from critics, audiences and fanboys alike. All thought it had a great shot at becoming the first superhero Best Picture nominee. Alas, it received eight nominations - including a win for Heath Ledger's Joker - but no Best Picture nomination. Instead, the Best Picture that year was Slumdog Millionaire, which had a pretty good sweep of the night with eight wins. Which holds up with us now holed up in our homes? Listen and find out! Bonus: We recorded this long before COVID... so it's also a time capsule in that way.
74 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
2007 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" vs. "No Country for Old Men"
The Coen Brothers steamrolled across the 2007 awards season, as "No Country for Old Men" won Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) and Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. While the stoic crime/western captured Oscar's attentions, the public flocked to theaters to see the "Pirates of the Caribbean" initial trilogy end with "At World's End." Did the Pirates franchise stick the landing? Is "No Country for Old Men" the best of the Coens' filmography? Listen to find out!
96 minutes | Mar 7, 2020
2006 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" vs. "The Departed"
Aaaaaahhhhhahhhhahhhhh Davy Jones may have sunk ships, destroyed people and commanded an army of sea creatures, but he can he defeat the first Martin Scorsese film on the podcast? Best Picture Winner "The Departed" faces off against "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in this 2006 showdown. Does Scorsese's "Infernal Affairs" remake still deserve Best Picture? Is "Dead Man's Chest" one of the best "Pirates" film? Listen to find out!
76 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
2005 - "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" vs. "Crash"
We've entered into the Triwizard Tournament and we are ... just... so... mad... all... the... time. The People vs Oscar returns with one of the most controversial Oscar years ever. "Crash" pulled off a crazy upset against "Brokeback Mountain." Is the film as bad as its reputation suggests? In the other corner, we look at the fourth installation of the "Harry Potter" franchise. "Goblet of Fire" gave us the first glimpse of Voldemort, as played by Ralph Fiennes. With that, this was also the first PG-13 of the franchise. Did the bump in ratings help it against "Crash?" Listen to find out.
72 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
2004 - "Shrek 2" vs. "Million Dollar Baby"
In 2004, animation fever overtook audiences. "Shrek 2" ran throughout the summer, becoming a worldwide sensation. With pop culture references abound, it feels like a time capsule of exactly when it came out. Similarly frozen in time is "Million Dollar Baby," which won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress (Hilary Swank) and Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman). How well did Clint Eastwood's sports melodrama age? Did it age better than Shrek's jokes? Listen to find out.
86 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
2003 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Do you remember the Oscars, Mr. Frodo? It'll be February soon. And the campaigns will be in blossom, and..." you know where this goes. "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" utterly dominated the year 2003. In addition to being a global box office juggernaut, the film swept the Oscars. It won all eleven categories that it was nominated for, including Best Picture. For this special episode, we invited "Lord of the Rings" expert Cody Pestana to discuss the final film of the original trilogy with us.
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