S4 E8 The Underwhelming Yet Controversial 2021 Oscars


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This episode, we unpacked our reactions to the 93rd Academy Awards that honored films created in 2020 with our dear friend Eileen Chow. Despite being a particularly underwhelming viewing experience, the Oscars created cultural moments that sparked heated discussion across China, the US, and all diaspora in between. We talked about:

  • 1:20 The “Diet Oscars” of 2021
  • 7:50 Chole Zhao’s Nomadland acceptance speech is a phenomenal cross-cultural pop-culture moment
  • 15:00 The controversy of quoting “Three Character Classic
  • 30:10 Best Male Lead - “The Father” and many issues in Oscar planning
  • 34:31 Best Supporting Male Actor - “Judas and the Black Messiah
  • 37:10 Best Editing - “Sound of Metal”
  • 39:39 Best Animated Feature Nominee - “Wolfwalker”
  • 41:20 Best Documentary Nominee -“Crip Camp”
  • 48:50 Youn Yuh-jung couldn’t care less about Brad Pitt and we are very here for it

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