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Academy Members Are Tuned Out: This Year’s Oscar Voters Have Some Work to Do

Usually, this is the time of the year when voters have seen it all. But this is not a normal year.

An Oscar statue appears at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance. This year's Oscarcast airs, at 8 p.m. EST on ABCOscars-Impossible Dream, Los Angeles, USA - 2 Mar 2014

The Oscars are just a few weeks away, but many voters still have a lot of work to do. While awards season usually finds Academy members getting deeply familiar with every category, from Best Picture through the crafts and short film sections, the lack of traditional screenings has yielded a more diffuse process. And when catching up on the nominees is easiest if you have a good at-home streaming setup, some voters have been slow to adapt.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the strange nature of an awards season hampered by a lack of awareness. They also share recent experiences with virtual Oscar season events, the ever-changing plans for the ceremony, and the recent SAG awards, while looking ahead to the BAFTAs this weekend. They also swap thoughts on “Godzilla vs. Kong” and other movies worth seeing on the big screen as theaters open back up.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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