Dorking Out Episode 104: The Chris Wins The Oscar Pool And Named This Episode Edition

Hey there, dorks. What did you think of this year’s Oscars? We check in on our Oscar predictions (spoiler alert: we tied!), and we share our thoughts and feelings about the winners, losers, Jimmy Kimmel, the red carpet interviews, and the acceptance speeches. Oh, and Sonia maybe had a little wine during her Oscar Party … consider yourself warned.

Oh, and can Tiffany Haddish and Maya Ruldolpf host next year?

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.

 

Dorking Out Episode 103: The Oscar Picks for the Unfixed Oscars Edition

Hey there, dorks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Oscar time! As forever fans of the Academy Awards, we’ve got a respectable track record with our Oscar predictions, and we want to share our god-given talent with you, our favorite people. We offer up our best guesses for all 24 categories, not just the big acting categories.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards are Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. on ABC. After the show, we will record our thoughts and feelings about what we just saw, and go through our ballots to see how we did. You should join us! It’s fun!

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.

 

Dorking Out Episode 102: The Dorks Fix The Oscars Edition

Hey there, dorks. We’re talking about the Oscars in this week’s podcast. FYI: We’ve totally fixed them. Our Oscars are waaaay better. We have three blog posts up detailing the new and improved Academy Awards to go along with the podcast.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.

Good News! We Fixed The Oscars! Part 1

Every year around this time the same talking point arises and it’s this:

The Oscars are stupid. Giving awards for artistic merit is like ranking your favorite sunset against the best Beatles song ever written. The whole idea is crass, pointless and probably impossible.

Like many things in life, there’s a lot of merit to this realization. It’s also horseshit.

We are a minor Emmy-Winning Self-Satisfied Filmmaker™ and somewhat accomplished blogger. Both of us amateur bloviators (hoping to go pro, fingers crossed!) we suspect you can agree with us on this:

Some studios and creative teams work to bring us Charlie Sheen in “9/11” or the industrial-grade cynicism of “The Emoji Movie. Others work to bring us the charmed delights of “La La Land,” the fraught genre thrills of “Get Out” or the beautifully observed human portraits in “Lady Bird” or “Moonlight.” Forgetting the former and giving SOME recognition to the latter is meaningful.

Making good things is hard. Doing it in Hollywood is nearly is nearly impossible. You’ve seen and forgotten “Justice League.” You know what we’re saying. Pushing against all the forces of pabulum and economics to bring us something like “The Shape of Water” or “Coco” gives us all something to celebrate. When done right, the best movies can last for the better part of a century.

But the Academy Awards as they stand today give recognizing cinematic worth an awful name. Harvey Weinstein has more Oscars (one) than Stanley Kubrick (none. NONE!). This is a system that pitted “La La Land” against “Moonlight,” “Schindler’s List” against “The Fugitive” (?!) and “Star Wars” against “Annie Hall.” How are we honoring greatness when each of these movies has stood the test of time as some kind of classic (okay, fine, a minor action classic for The Fugitive…)

Add to this Hollywood’s insufferable level of self-regard when it comes to bestowing gold on worthy movies. Some years it seems the more depressing and bleak, the better your chances (“Ordinary People,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Deer Hunter,” “The Killing Fields”…). Even better if you’ve got a British person with problems (“Theory of Everything,” “The King’s Speech,” “A Passage to India,” “The English Patient,” “Chariots of Fire” and probably 30 more). If they can wear frilly costumes, you’re almost there (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Howard’s End,” “The Piano” and “Remains of the Day” BOTH in 1993…).

Of course, those movies are worthy respect. But they’re a sliver of human experience. We laugh, we sing, we imagine, we get frightened, and we enjoy the thrills only film can bring us. But you wouldn’t know it from the Oscars.

Tim Dirks (@AMC_Filmsite) at Filmsite.org has written up a fantastic analysis, so I’ll link it here and hit the toplines. As far as The Academy goes, comedies, animated films, musicals, science fiction, fantasy horror and family movies need not apply. Think about how much of filmmaking that encompasses.

Only one musical has won best picture since 1970. More silent films have won best picture (two) than science fiction films (streak remains unbroken at ZERO). Only one comedy has won since the 1970s — that famous laugh riot “The Artist” (2011). “2001: A Space Odyssey” wasn’t even NOMINATED for best picture. Horror classics like “Psycho” (1960), “Alien” (1979) and “The Shining” (1980) also weren’t nominated. The closest thing to an action movie to ever win an Oscar is “Titanic” (1997).

So we’re going to have to take this down to the studs and totally rebuild it.

That’s Part 2.

Dorking Out Episode 91: The Oscar Nominations 2018 – They Don’t Suck Edition

Hey there, dorks. Chris and Sonia dork out about the Oscar nominations. We have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this year’s cropped of Oscar contenders.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes and Stitcher.

Dorking Out Episode 36: The What Did I Just See On The Oscars Edition

Hey there, dorks. What the what?! In this week’s podcast, we try to make sense of what happened at last night’s Oscars.

We recorded this podcast immediately following last night’s broadcast. We share our thoughts about that Hollywood ending for this year’s Academy Awards. Plus, we rundown all the winners in every category. Oh, and Sonia does some bragging about beating Chris in this year’s Oscar pool.

And, just in case you missed it, we did some Facebook Live broadcasting throughout the show, so please like our Facebook page and check it out.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube.

Dorking Out About The Oscars: Chris’s Predictions

Hey there, dorks. As promised, Chris’s Oscar picks are below. The only difference between his picks and Sonia’s picks is in the Documentary Short category, in which Sonia picked “The White Helmets,” while Chris went with “Joe’s Violins,” because it’s a Holocaust documentary, and Holocaust documentaries are a safe bet.

And don’t forget, we will be broadcasting on Facebook Live broadcasting throughout the show, so please like our Facebook page now, so you don’t miss any of it. Plus, we’re going to be recording our podcast immediately following the Oscar telecast. We don’t usually get to record in the same room together, so it should be really fun. You won’t want to miss it.

Best Picture: La La Land

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi

Best Animated Feature: Zootopia

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

Costume Design: Mary Zophres, La La Land

Documentary Short: Joe’s Violin

Film Editing: Tom Cross, La La Land

Makeup and Hairstyling: Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond

Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Original Song: “City of Stars,” Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, La La Land

Production Design: David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land

Short Film, Animated: Piper

Short Film, Live Action: Ennemis Intérieurs

Sound Editing: Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge

Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land

Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book

Dorking Out About The Oscars: Sonia’s Predictions

Hey there, dorks. Sonia, here. I’m feeling relatively confident about the Oscar predictions I made on our Oscar podcast, so I’m going to stick with them. Second guessing has come back to haunt me in the past. So, here are my Oscar picks …

Best Picture: “La La Land”

Best Director: Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”

Best Actor: Denzel Washington for “Fences”

Best Actress: Emma Stone for “La La Land”

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight”

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for “Fences”

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Best Original Screenplay: “Manchester By The Sea”

Best Animated Feature: “Zootopia”

Best Cinematography: “La La Land”

Best Costume Design: “La La Land”

Best Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made In America”

Best Documentary Short: “The White Helmets”

Best Film Editing: “La La Land”

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Salesman”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Star Trek Beyond”

Best Original Score: “La La Land”

Best Original Song: “City Of Stars” from “La La Land”

Best Production Design: “La La Land”

Best Animated Short: “Piper”

Best Live Action Short Film: “Ennemis Interieurs”

Best Sound Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Best Sound Mixing: “La La Land”

Best Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Smith and I are going to actually be in the same place at the same time, and watching the Oscars at my house. We are planning on trying out some Facebook Live broadcasting throughout the show, so please like our Facebook page now, so you don’t miss any of it. Plus, we’re going to be recording Dorking Out immediately following the Oscar telecast. We don’t usually get to record in the same room together, so it should be really entertaining. Plus, Smith is going to drink a ton of Coke Zero, and I tend to get a little drinky on Oscar night. You won’t want to miss it.

Dorking Out Episode 35: The Oscar Predictions by Dorking Out Studios Edition

Hey there, dorks. We are really excited about this week’s episode, because we share our Oscar predictions for Sunday night’s Academy Awards. We have been big Oscar nerds our entire lives, so the Oscars are something we REALLY dork out about, which is why you got an Oscar nomination podcast, an Oscar predictions podcast, and next week you’ll get an Oscar winners podcast, in which we reveal how we did with our Oscar picks.

We don’t wanna brag, but we have a pretty good track record, so you might want to pay attention and win your office Oscar pool. We will be posting our official ballots on right here on the blog on Saturday. Until you then, you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get our predictions.

Oh, and one more thing about the Oscars, Chris and Sonia will actually be in the same room at the same time, so we will be doing a little Facebook Live on Sunday throughout the night to update on how accurate our predictions are and offer a few thoughts on the show.

The Academy Awards air Sunday on ABC.

In our second segment, we play another round of Dorking Out Studios with Raymond Scott Dagle, Coryon Redd and Smith giving me, the head of Dorking Out Studios, their best movie pitches. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube.

Dorking Out Episode 32: The Anti-heroes of Riverdale Edition

In this week’s podcast, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Chris has labeled “Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome” and share our favorite TV anti-heroes.

And speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, “Riverdale,” and NBC’s grim take of “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Emerald City” with entertainment journalist Abbie Bernstein, author of “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Art Of The Great Wall,” which is coming out in February.

In our Favorite Headlines segment, we talk about Sunday night’s Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the impact those awards have on our Oscar picks.

We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunesStitcher and YouTube.