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From ‘Bardo’ to ‘The Whale,’ the Fall Awards Season Is Loaded with Potential

With Emmy nominations behind us, several Oscar hopefuls are setting their sights on high-profile fall festival premieres.


It’s been a busy week for Emmy season, as this year’s nominees generated a lot of talk about the shows that made the cut and which ones didn’t. How did “Only Murders in the Building” make a strong show while Selena Gomez’s performance got shut out? Where was “Yellowstone”? And how come Dave Chappelle’s controversial standup special “The Closer” scored two nominations but Jerrod Carmichael’s acclaimed “Rothaniel” didn’t?

This week’s Screen Talk begins with these and other questions before hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson turn to more familiar turf — that is, Oscar season. With the Emmys field now in place, the buzz machine turns to the fall festivals, as several major studios line up their slates. Anticipation is high for the likes of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Bardo” (above) and Brendan Fraser’s performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” two high-profile titles expected to premiere at Venice. But these are just two of many titles expected to bring a lot of variety to the fall movie season.

This week’s episode also includes discussion of Tom Cruise’s Oscar odds, the recent arrests of several filmmakers in Iran, and Thompson’s thoughts on the Russo brothers’ Netflix action movie “The Gray Man.”

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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