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The Social Hosts discuss the diversity of the Oscars this year, but also the potential lack of viewers resulting from a year of closed theaters. The combined box office total in North America for Oscar films combined was only $14 million, meanwhile, streaming titans took the place of theaters.
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The Social Hosts discuss the diversity of the Oscars this year, but also the potential lack of viewers resulting from a year of closed theaters. The combined box office total in North America for Oscar films combined was only $14 million, meanwhile, streaming titans took the place of theaters.
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Well, there's a lot to impact, Cynthia. But you know, the pandemic has upended everything, including the Oscars and how the Oscars are campaigned for, and this is actually the most wide open race we've seen in a long time. Typically, by this time, we already know who the locks are in certain categories. Right now, there's really only one lock. I would say that's Chadwick Boseman for best actor. Other than that, the races are still very tight. There are no clear front runners, especially for best picture. So with six weeks to go, this might come down to the wire. Let me do you think he has a chance for for winning best director for no Madeline. She's the front runner, but because she's a woman and a woman of color and we're dealing with an institution that has historically not been inclusive, I don't think you can count out the white men nominated in that category, man. I would be so thrilling, though, just if if she won because she would. You know, Kathryn Bigelow has got to be pretty lonely, having been the only woman to have one best director, and I am rooting for her I really hope that she could make a little Oscar history there and history being made with. This is the first year in Oscar history that two women were nominated as best director in the same year. Isn't that kind of mind blowing? It is sad, unbelievably sad. I'm sad. Hillbilly Elegy didn't get more nominations I mean, Glenn Close totally deserved it. And in fact, if Glenn Close does not give this Oscar, I am going to blow up my television. I mean the fact that Mira Sorvino as an Oscar and Glenn Close doesn't on some level that tells you with these awards are work. She was amazing. And then I thought Amy Adams should have got it for this as well. I mean, I know I'm a little biased because I'm a hillbilly myself. I grew up at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, but I thought this movie was just so moving, and I'm worried about your television. I'm worried about your television and whether or not it's going to make it well, the thing about Hillbilly Elegy is that it was destroyed by critics. I don't think it's a good film. I love Glenn Close I just don't think this is the role for her to finally win. And also, here's a sign when it comes to the Oscars, when only one performance or two performances are nominated and nothing else about the film is nominated. Not director, not screenplay, not editing. Not sound. It's not a good look, Um, and so the chances are slim. That said, I just said It's a wide open race in that category. Anyone could do it, but I think I'm gonna have to try to convince you to root for union. Zhang, the 73 year old actress from South Korea, a legend in her country. She is amazing in a film called Minnery, and I think that if you saw her performance, you might have a little bit of loyalty issues with Glenn. Okay, I got to jump in here because I am I the only one going. What are all of these movies? Of course I've heard of machinery, but I don't think I'm alone. There are so many films because of the pandemic that, you know, theaters have been closed. Most of these films most of us cannot access, even now. I am this year for the very first time, not really invested in the films themselves because I've barely seen any. And I'm you're saying all these names and here's the sad part to me. There are so many big strides in diversity this year, and I'm so sad that I don't think that so many people are going to be watching the show as normal because we're not invested in these films as we are in normal times because the majority of us haven't seen them. How about this stat? The combined box office total in North America for all of the best films combined is a paltry $14 million. You know what that means? Nobody has seen them. So I'm sad. So, you know, I'm curious. Why sad? I'm curious because I'll tell you people are watching. Like I don't get my hair brushed every day. Okay, get my hair brushed every day. To take a shower is a feat to just try to get out of this. But you didn't watch much, Richardson. Yeah, but like Nomad land in Minnery are not like available. You can. You can rent it for $20 but it's not the same as logging into crave or Netflix and and and watching it for the price you already pay per month for your subscription. I don't think a lot of people are making that leap yet. A lot of people, like I mean again, I'm speaking for the parents out there. I I don't know, but I don't. I have such little alone time. And so I only have short bursts. So I might pick up a book, and I might pick up a short, uh, like T V show. But the movie is a commitment. So you're mostly the only two movies? Uh, well, three movies I've seen on this entire thing are The Octopus Teacher, which is a documentary that is so heartbreakingly gorgeous. I highly recommend it. It's so beautiful. You'll break, you know it'll break your heart. But soul is another one That is so incredible. The Disney animation Again, I watched both of those of my kid, so that's the reason why I've seen them. And then, yeah, the third one is I watched Tenant I just the one movie that I watched had some alone time adult time. I watched and and let me tell you that it made me so angry. I tried to actually, I'll admit I tried to watch Manc last night. I put it on. It was by myself. I was like, Okay, kids in bed. I'm gonna watch Bank and I couldn't do it. I just could not do it. So I don't know what that says. Maybe I need to deep fried pills in the bottle of the V I P Theater. What? That's amazing. I have probably turned off one movie in my entire life and make that two movies because I couldn't finish bank. So you're not alone. Uh, exactly how that's really It's There's no soul to it. It's not like soul. Let me recommend if you have an hour or two of adult time, watch the sound of metal. It is incredible. Not only is it based in metal music, but it covers the loss of hearing this guy goes deaf halfway through his music career as an adult, he's also got a lot of addiction. So, of course, going deaf triggers his need for addiction. And I'm so excited that this guy Riz Ahmed, has gotten a nomination because his Oh my God, it's acting is so good in it so good. When he was on our show, he was broke one and I fell in love with him. Then he had this kind of elegance and poise, and I just remember so fondly. It's just been so nice to see his career. And then you know him. And I'm so happy for him. I'm also a big fan of Stephen, Um, like since the walking dead, that man is just, like, so beautiful, and I just I think that's wonderful to see. That kind of jumped on that. And this is why I was saying It's so sad because there is. There is. You know, you don't have the hashtag Oscars so white this year. They are trying to make strides. Steven Yeun is one of them. He is the first eight East Asian man. It's 2021 1st East Asian man to be nominated in the best actor category. My mind is blown, which of course, set me down the rabbit hole to take a look at Asian representation, in particular because were the invisible minority. You know, there's so much racial reckoning, and a lot of the discussion, of course, necessarily is black and white. But, you know, for the East Asians, this invisible, quiet minority. This is something we should be yelling from the rooftops about. But where are the ladies? In the history of the 92 year history of the Oscars? One woman of East Asian descent has ever been nominated in best actress, and it was in 1935. And don't tell me there's not talented women out there. So we're coming. We're just not coming fast enough. And that goes for best director. Of course, you know this is This has been a big, big leap year, but how big of a leap and who's going to be watching history being made.
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