Ep. 102: CODA

For this episode, Nate and Ryan watch the most recent Best Picture winner, CODA. Its story of a deaf family portrayed by deaf actors is an important step in diverse representation and storytelling. Even before its historic Oscar win for Troy Kotsur – the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar, CODA was making waves at Sundance when Apple TV+ paid 25 million dollars for distribution rights. A quiet momentum built as Oscar time neared, and the Best Picture win that seemed like a long shot in December 2021 became the sure bet in the weeks before the ceremony. CODA won all three Oscars it was nominated for (the third going to writer/director Sian Heder for her adapted screenplay) and is the rare Best Picture winner that clicked both with audiences and critics. But what do Ryan and Nate think?

What are your thoughts on CODA? Is it deserving of Best Picture? What else could have won? Let us know!


Read The Tension at the Heart of CODA by John Hendrickson (The Atlantic).


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Ep. 48: Singin’ in the Rain

As La La Land continues to be an Oscar favorite (14 nominations), Nate and Ryan explore what might be the most revered of all movie musicals: Singin’ in the Rain.  Though Singin’ in the Rain didn’t garner any Oscar wins (and only 2 nominations), it has lived on to be adored by fans, critics, and scholars.  Nate and Ryan talk about whether the dance numbers still dazzle, the love story is still lovely, and if it can still make ’em laugh.

What is your favorite movie musical?  Where does Singin’ in the Rain rank?  Where will La La Land fit in the pantheon of musicals?  Let us know your thoughts!

Correction: In the episode Nate mentions Jean Hagen winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Hagen was nominated but did not win. The Oscar went to Gloria Grahame for The Bad and the Beautiful.

Ep. 35: Birdman


This episode contains explicit language.

Following Birdman’s Best Picture win at the Oscars last year, director Alejandro G. Inarritu seems poised once again to be the front-runner this year with his new film The Revenant.  Nate and Ryan have often debated the merits of Inarritu, and his 2005 movie Babel remains one of their most hotly contested arguments.  Their divide continued on the release of Birdman, and with Inarritu still drawing praise and criticism from all corners, it was time to at least open the discussion on this polarizing director.

Let us know your thoughts on Alejandro G. Inarritu.  Is he a genius?  A fraud (ahem, Scott Tobias)?  Visionary?  Annoying?  What do you think of Birdman?  Will The Revenant take home another Oscar for Inarritu?

Episode 2: 2014 Oscars Preview


In this episode, Nate Gass and Ryan Ebling invite their friend Evan Mather to join them as they weigh in on who got snubbed, who will win, and who should win in the major categories.  Unfortunately, Evan’s views were so controversial, his mic began rebelling.  Sorry for the resulting echo.