#58: Oscar Race 2015 (GUEST: Gordon Burkell of The Cutting Room)

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You asked for it, and now it’s finally here: Timmie and Ryan are joined in the studio by Gordon Burkell of The Cutting Room.  What follows is an award worthy conversation about The Oscars, what should/shouldn’t be nominated, secrets of the post-production categories, cut-throat Oscar Parties, and our personal top picks of 2014.

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I. Intro 

A. NJAM And The Cutting Room Joint Release Show!

B. High Stakes Oscar Parties

C. Not A Prediction Show

II. Politics, Absurdity, And Value Of The Oscars [00:08:27]

A. Why the Oscars are Crazy

B. What Are The Redeeming Qualities, And Why Do We Care?

III. Was 2014 A Good Year For Films? [00:29:33]

A. Best Picture Noms

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Birdman
  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash 

B. What Would We Substitute for the Stinkers?

C. If Directing Isn’t Tied To Best Picture, What Does It Mean?

D. Do We Have A Horse/Horses In the Best Acting/Actress Categories?

  • Do Post Professionals get excited about these categories?

IV. Post Production Categories [00:50:04]

A. What Are The Relevant Post Production Categories?

  • Film Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Sound Editing
  • Visual Effects (VFX)

V. Filmgoing Experiences [01:06:22]

A.  Enjoyment Versus Learning About Your Craft

B. Top 3 of the Year:

  • Gordon
  • Ryan
  • Timmie

VI. Mini Segments [01:20:20]

A. What Does The Cutting Room Have Coming Soon?

B. Gordon Gives NJAM Some Advice: How To Talk About Movies Without Sounding Like A Jerk

VII. Conclusions [01:26:09]

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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