This year’s Oscar season just got a little easier to predict. With the release of the shortlists for documentaries, international films, and a slew of other categories, the Academy’s refurbished approach to this crucial phase of the season reflects the potential of an expanded list and more engaged voters. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through some of the more significant shortlist contenders, from frontrunners like the Mads Mikkelsen-starring “Another Round” to welcome surprises like “The Mole Agent,” which was one of several documentaries to end up on multiple lists. They also explore some of the more savvy ways that awards campaigns have been paying off in a most unusual year, then turn to the recent programming announcements for SXSW and Berlinale, both of which will be online in the coming weeks.
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