Dorking Out Episode 264: Shakespeare In Love

Hosts Sonia Mansfield and Margo D. talk about the 2021 Academy Awards and dork out about 1998’s SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

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Dorking Out Episode 202: American Beauty

You dorks can listen to this episode here on the website, or you can find Dorking Out on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotifyLibsynTune In and Stitcher. You can even ask your Alexa or Google Home to play Dorking Out because we’re super cool and modern.


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Dorking Out Episode 151: The Crash Edition

You dorks can listen to this episode right here on the website, or you can find Dorking Out on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.

Hey there, dorks! Hosts Sonia Mansfield and Margo D. prep for the Academy Awards by dorking out about one of the most hated Best Picture winners, “Crash.”

Probably most famous as the movie that beat “Brokeback Mountain” for the Best Picture Oscar, the 2005 drama stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Thandie Newton, Michael Pena, Terrence Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Jennifer Esposito, Lorette Devine AND Tony Danza, and was written and directed by Paul Haggis.

Dorking Out Episode 125: The BlacKkKlansman Edition

Hey there, dorks. Sonia and Chris review Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laurie Harrier, Michael Buscemi and Topher Grace as David Duke.

Sonia and Chris also discuss the recent changes the Academy announced to the Oscars telecast. They have a lot of thoughts and feelings about that.

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

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 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 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.