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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 120) – Why ‘Moonlight’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender

Here's what the latest Gotham Awards nominations tell us about the state of awards season.

"Moonlight"

Trevante Rhodes in “Moonlight”

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If you look at the Gotham Awards nominations from a traditional standpoint, they aren’t predictors of Oscar season. This year’s nominees, some of which were selected by members of IndieWire’s staff, certainly leave out a few potential contenders. But at least one well-received movie from the nominees stands a good chance of gaining steam: Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” The artful look at a young black child growing up under challenging circumstances in Miami was a breakout hit on the festival circuit and continues to gain momentum as A24 releases it this weekend. It’s not your typical Oscar bait, but this isn’t your typical Oscar season. So could “Moonlight” go all the way?

That theory is a big part of this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through the list of Gotham nominations and assess the state of the race. Plus, Anne dials in from the Morelia Film Festival and discusses its impact, and the duo discuss “The Handmaiden,” also in theaters this week.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of Indiewire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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