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.


Dork out everywhere …

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.

Special Bulletin #6: Dorking Out About The Oscars

Hey there, dorks, Welcome to our special bulletin, Dorking Out About the Oscars.

“La La Land” is going to the dance with a record 14 nominations, tying 1950’s “All About Eve” and 1997’s “Titanic.” Other top nominees include “Arrival” and Moonlight (8 nominations), Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea” (six nominations) and “Fences” and “Hell or High Water” (four nominations).

Notice something about all the nominees? They are all dramas. Not one comedy, Academy Voters? Come on. #OscarsSoSerious

“La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester By The Sea”

Best picture
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hidden Figures”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”

Best actress in a leading role
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Best actor in a leading role
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Best director
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best documentary
“O.J.: Made in America”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Fire at Sea”
“Life Animated”

Best foreign language film
“Toni Erdmann”
“The Salesman”
“Land of Mine”
“A Man Called Ove”

Best animated feature film
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“The Red Turtle”
“My Life as a Zucchini”

Best adapted screenplay
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
“Lion,” Luke Davies
“Fences,” August Wilson
“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Best original screenplay
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills

Best original song
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”
“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”

Best original score
“La La Land”

Best cinematography
“La La Land”

Best production design
“La La Land”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail Caesar”

Best visual effects
“The Jungle Book”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Doctor Strange”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best costume design
“La La Land”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best makeup and hair styling
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”
“A Man Called Ove”

Best animated short film
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Blind Vaysha”

Best live action short film
“Sing (Mindenki)
“Silent Nights”
“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”

Best documentary short subject
“The White Helmets”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”

Best film editing
“La La Land”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”

Best sound editing
“La La Land”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Deepwater Horizon”

Best sound mixing
“La La Land”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

The Academy Awards are airing Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC, and we will be recording a podcast after the show for your next-day listening pleasure.