Awards Chatter

Awards Chatter

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'Awards Chatter' is a weekly podcast, moderated by THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg, featuring musings about the Oscar, Emmy and Tony races, as well as in-depth interviews with top contenders for those prizes.


Helen Mirren - 'Eye in the Sky'  

The revered Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner discusses a long-ago visit to a prophetic palm reader, her experiences of sexual harassment, what she wrote in a letter to Queen Elizabeth II and the one award she hasn't yet won but really wants.

Tyler Perry - 'Boo! A Madea Halloween'  

The most commercially successful black filmmaker in history discusses his abusive upbringing ("What kept me going was my faith"), harsh critics ("We all have the right to tell our stories") and future 'Madea' subject matter (he'd like to "find a way to talk about police brutality, and all of these people being shot by police officers, through this character").

Naomie Harris - 'Moonlight'  

The 40-year-old Brit reflects on unexpected roles in blockbusters (two 'Pirates' and Bond films), high compliments (Winnie Mandela "said no one had ever depicted her better") and why she almost turned down the role for which she's now an Oscar favorite ("I'd always drawn a line at playing a crack addict").

Ruth Negga - 'Loving'  

The best actress Oscar contender reflects on her biracial heritage, getting cut out of '12 Years a Slave' and tapping into 'the spirit' of one half of the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 inter-racial marriage Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia.

Rob Reiner - 'LBJ'  

The 69-year-old reflects on growing up in his legendary father's shadow, shifting his focus after 'All in the Family' from acting to directing and the 2016 presidential election ("I'm rooting for the gal that Meathead would've voted for," not a "con man").

Jerry Seinfeld - 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'  

The 62-year-old comedy legend asserts 'Seinfeld' was never "a show about nothing" and was ripped off by 'Friends' ("our show with better-looking people"); Donald Trump would be welcome on his web series ("He is buffoonish enough"); he'd like to act in the next 'Star Wars' film (playing a character named "Areyouserious"); and much more.

Tracy Morgan - 'Saturday Night Live'  

"Most people that suffer the injuries that I suffered aren't hosting no fucking TV show," the beloved TV comedian, a guest actor in a comedy series Emmy nominee for his October 2015 hosting of 'SNL,' says in reference to the car wreck that nearly claimed his life in June 2014. "They're in vegetative states."

Matt Walsh - 'Veep'  

The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade and Emmy nominee for his portrayal of Selina Meyer's bumbling press secretary explains why he abandoned a career in psychology for comedy, why he's drawn to improv and what it's like working opposite perhaps the funniest TV actress alive today.

Hank Azaria - 'Ray Donovan'  

The 27-year 'Simpsons' vet discusses getting his voice insured, the acting teacher who convinced him he could do more than just voices, the challenges and rewards of guest acting (which he's previously done on 'Friends' and 'Mad About You') and more.

Eddie Murphy - 'Mr. Church'  

The enigmatic legend opens up, in his first podcast interview, about his hits and misses ("Any movie that I was in that they paid me a lot of money for was a fucking smash"), aging ("I'm a mushier, softer person as I get older"), the world today ("I haven't read a newspaper in 20 years... I don't have a computer, I don't have email, I don't have any of that shit") and why he's returning to the big screen after a five-year absence — in a drama ("There was no pressure at all because there was no expectation").

RuPaul - 'RuPaul's Drag Race'  

The 55-year-old icon, Emmy-nominated for the first time, recalls his discovery of drag ("Bugs Bunny was my first introduction"), clarifies misconceptions ("It was never about being a woman at all, it was always about f-you to society") and reveals why he today resists getting glammed up and won't for the Emmys ("You won't see in my drag if I'm not getting paid").

Taraji P. Henson - 'Empire'  

The Oscar and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner discusses her uphill climb to stardom (she's been a single mother since college), the first project she discussed with Lee Daniels ("I wanted to play Precious!"), why she refused to play Cookie unless her 'Hustle & Flow' costar played Lucious and more.

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