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Sundance Versus the Oscars: Surprises and Snubs From Park City to the 2018 Nominations

Screen Talk 183: As Sundance winds down, we look back at a busy week of new movies and Oscar nominees.


The Sundance Film Festival is always a busy time for covering new movies, and it doesn’t help matters that the Oscar nominations land in the middle of the chaos. While a range of first-time filmmakers launch their careers in the snow, a whole bunch of others get that much closer to the industry’s most coveted prize. It’s a striking contrast, and one that makes the puts the big conversations about the future of film in context. It also provides a lot of new information in a very short span of time. While Sundance provides a good opportunity to assess the marketplace, as the media eagerly tracks which movies sold and the size of the price tags, the Oscar nominations provide a snapshot of voter priorities and yield discussions far greater than the movies themselves.

This week’s meaty episode of Screen Talk digs into all of these issues, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson share their favorite Sundance movies, assess the state of the marketplace, and dig through the Oscar nominations to assess the surprises and snubs.

Listen to the full episode below.


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