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.


Kevin O'Connell - 'Hacksaw Ridge'  

No person in Oscar history has received more nominations without a win than this sound mixer, whose 21 noms span 33 years, and who explains how he does what he does and why the Academy's voting process has room for improvement.

Damien Chazelle - 'La La Land'  

The 32-year-old, who already has directed two best picture Oscar nominees and is poised to become the youngest best director Oscar winner ever, reflects on the roots of his passion for music and movies, the Harvard pal who became his closest collaborator and the rollercoaster of a journey to realizing his dream of making an original movie musical.

Dev Patel - 'Lion'  

The 26-year-old Brit reflects on the controversial TV show that put him on the map, the life-changing impact of the making and success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' (not all good) and why he so aggressively pursued — and physically transformed himself for — the film for which he just became only the third person of Indian descent ever to receive an acting Oscar nomination.

Michael Keaton - 'The Founder'  

The star of the last two best picture Oscar winners reflects on his groundbreaking pair of 'Batman' films ("If it went down, we were going down in a big way"), walking away from a third ("It sucked"), his years in the cold ("Not a whole lot of folks were knocking on my door"), almost starring in 'Lost' and his great run over the last three years ('Birdman,' 'Spotlight' and now a Ray Kroc biopic).

Nicole Kidman - 'Lion'  

The 49-year-old Oscar winner reflects on her personal and professional roots in Australia, her marriage to Tom Cruise, why her career flourished after their divorce (she's long struggled to maintain life-work balance) and why she was so drawn to playing the adoptive mother of two Indian children in fellow Aussie Garth Davis' directorial debut.

Lily Collins - 'Rules Don't Apply'  

The newly-minted Golden Globe nominee discusses growing up as Phil Collins' daughter, her distinct look (eyebrows!), early auditions (she lost parts in 'Twilight' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' to Kristen Stewart) and proving her chops opposite Oscar winners (Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and this year, in his first film in decades, Warren Beatty).

Justin Timberlake - 'Trolls'  

The consummate entertainer reflects on his early appearances on 'Star Search' and 'Mickey Mouse Club,' the evolution and dissolution of N Sync ("I had something that I wanted to do that, quite honestly, I didn't think any of them would be interested in"), his pivot to acting and the creation of the biggest single of 2016, Oscar contender "Can't Stop the Feeling!"

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