For a while, it seemed like the Oscar race was too close to call. This week, however, the narrative shifted: As Anne Thompson reported on Thursday, "The Revenant" is looking like the sort of contender that nothing can beat. But does it deserve its frontrunner status? And what does it say about the film industry that this grisly survival tale — and not, say, "Spotlight" or "The Big Short" — has so much momentum?
That's the starting point for this week's episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson debate Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's odds of being the first filmmaker with a best picture winner two years in a row. They also touch on some of the other strong candidates, such as "Mad Max: Fury Road," which is still holding on tight in some major categories. Plus: Thompson finally watched Kohn's favorite nominee, and the duo dig into recent speculation surrounding The Weinstein Company's curious decision to pull out of the Berlin Film Festival.
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