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Oscars: ‘CODA’ and ‘King Richard’ Take on ‘Power of the Dog’ as Best Picture Race Heats Up

The SAG Awards complicate the Oscar narrative, but they don't tell the whole story.

Oscars Best Picture: CODA and King

As Oscar season enters its final weeks, the Best Picture narrative continues to evolve. Yes, “The Power of the Dog” continues to look like an obvious frontrunner given the campaign that has sustained its popularity for so long — but there are signs of other contenders making headway, including “CODA,” which won the coveted ensemble prize from the SAG Awards last weekend. And as Anne Thompson argues in this week’s Screen Talk, “King Richard” is a widely beloved movie with a frontrunner for Best Actor that has momentum of its own.

In addition to debating the Best Picture contenders this week, Kohn and Thompson also look at the sudden upswing for Jessica Chastain as Best Actress as well as a handful of other categories.

In light of the Russia-Ukraine war, Thompson shares her experience visiting Russia at the behest of the film industry there several years ago. The episode concludes with a (spoiler-free!) discussion of “The Batman” as the hosts look ahead to a busy week of film festivals (and more fervent Oscar campaigning!) around the corner.

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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