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Why Did This Oscar Season Feel So Good?

It may have been a predictable awards show, but the vibe in the aftermath of this long season has been positive. Here's what turned things around.

2023 Oscars Winner’s List: This photograph taken on March 9, 2023 shows Oscar statues, as preparations are underway for the 95th Oscars Academy Awards, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Well, it happened: After a very long awards season, the 95th Academy Awards finally happened on Sunday.

Despite some categories that were a bit tricky to predict, few assumed that any movie would take Best Picture other than “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The movie dominated in most of its categories, including some competitive ones like Best Original Screenplay, while “All Quiet on the Western Front” did well in major craft categories (along with its Best International Feature Film prize).

Meanwhile, nobody got slapped, all the correct winners were announced, and rating were up. The most drama that took place involved a large white dress worn by the singer Tems, an awkward Hugh Grant interview on the champagne carpet, and the champagne carpet (OK, maybe it was beige).

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss their experiences attending the show, why it was a satisfying program pretty much the whole way through, and some of the most significant wins of the night. They also touch on the dominance of “Everything Everywhere” distributor A24 and what they plan to focus on now that Oscar talk is finally behind them.

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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