The Oscars Short Lists, Decoded

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Looking to get a super-early head start on seeing every single Oscar nominee? Look no further than the newly announced shortlists in ten different Oscar categories, including hair and makeup, visual effects, and all of the shorts categories. Selected by members of individual Academy branches, the shortlists help narrow down the options for voters across the entire branch—and for Oscars watchers, figure out a little more about where the Academy’s attention might turn on nominations morning in February. 

On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, the team discusses the newly announced shortlists, and what they might tell us about the state of the Oscar race as a whole. Katey Rich and Rebecca Ford also dive into the wave of cancellations for awards season events, including the Academy’s Governors Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, and what yet another virtual awards season might look like from here. 

The episode also includes a conversation between David Canfield and Penélope Cruz, who has earned some of the best reviews of her career for her latest film with Pedro Almodóvar, Parallel Mothers. (That’s really saying something, given their prolific collaboration across the decades and her three previous Oscar nominations.) She has said before that there’s nothing she can hide from Almodóvar, and in this interview opens up about a connection that means “we can feel each other, read each other’s minds almost.” But at the same time, they don’t relax into their friendship on set: “We almost change the way we behave with each other on set and become a little more distant. We didn’t plan that, but I think we do it to protect the relationship and the work.”

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You can listen to the episode above. Little Gold Men will be going strong over the holidays, with a new episode next week featuring new interviews, and then returning in early January for a true rush of awards events, including the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards and a whole lot of gala tributes. We’ll be covering it all—and in the meantime, happy holidays!

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