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The Oscar Race for Best Picture Has Three Frontrunners as Voting Closes Tuesday

The Golden Globes may have had abysmal ratings, but this week's awards news certainly told us a lot about the final stage of the season.

TOPSHOT - US director Steven Spielberg poses with the awards for Best Director - Motion Picture and Best Picture - Drama for "The Fabelmans" in the press room during the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 10, 2023. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

If you watched the Golden Globes this past week, you probably recognized a solid awards show that more or less managed to sidestep the scandals that have plagued the HFPA over the past few years.

As it turns out, ratings show that not a lot of people watched the Golden Globes — but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have impact. Coupled with WGA, PGA, and DGA nominations that followed the next day, the Globes indicated that the Best Picture Oscar race has narrowed to three frontrunners as nomination voting closes this Tuesday: “The Fabelmans,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” are all well-positioned as this long season enters its final stage.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson break it down (while a gloating just a bit about noting the stealth potential of “Banshees” many months ago). They also touch on a few campaigns that have lost momentum (sorry, “Top Gun: Maverick”) and discuss some of the trickier categories to call (good luck on Best Director!) as Thompson prepares her final predictions.

Stay tuned for a special Sundance-themed edition of Screen Talk next week and a special guest.

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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