How 'Moonlight' won & what it all means

In this final episode of Season two of The Awards Show Show, co-hosts Kyle Buchanan ( and John Horn ( deconstruct "Moonlight's" big win, how it got there and yes, what happened with the botched presentation. John Horn was in attendance at the Oscars and paints a vivid picture of how it played out in the Dolby Theater. Both he and Kyle hit the post show parties and give their insights on the night. Plus, Kyle laments the phrase "Suicide Squad Oscar winner." And finally, if the Academy Awards provides a snapshot of what kinds of films Hollywood wants to make these days or how it's feeling as a community...what did this 2016-2017 season tell us?
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Oscar predictions; can the Academy Awards be must-see TV?

Pro-tips on how to win your office Oscar pool and a debate over how the Academy Awards can become must-see TV. Get out your pen and paper because co-hosts Kyle Buchanan ( and John Horn ( are joined by Amy Nicholson from MTV News to predict who will win in every category at the Academy Awards. Also, E. Alex Jung and Jen Chaney from the Vulture TV Podcast discuss the Oscar telecast as a TV event. Their advice for making it must-see television? Allow for spontaneity. Get The Awards Show Show podcast on iTunes:

How savvy campaigns shape the Oscar race

How do savvy Oscar campaign strategists like Harvey Weinstein shape narratives that propel one film to glory and leave another in the dust? Co-hosts John Horn ( Kyle Buchanan ( make comparisons to the political messaging of Trump v. Hillary when parsing what works in Hollywood. They note how the campaign for "Manchester by the Sea" had to pivot from its original message and how "Lion" took advantage of real world events around Trump's travel ban in its Oscar campaign. Meanwhile, "Moonlight" has resisted the media's push to pit it against "La La Land," instead stressing the narratives of each creative person behind the film. Subscribe to The Awards Show Show podcast on iTunes:

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Dev Patel of 'Lion' & Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Moana'

Interviews with Dev Patel and Lin-Manuel Miranda who open up about Oscars, typecasting, movies and music. Plus, John Horn regales Kyle Buchanan with stories from the Oscar nominees luncheon earning him the nickname "Oscar Yenta." Then in Kyle's interview with Dev Patel they discuss his arc from "Slumdog Millionaire" to "Lion" and how he seeks to come out from under typecasting as "an Indian guy." And in John's conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda, they discuss the overlap between "Hamilton" and "Moana" and how the election hasn't changed his art but has affected him as a private citizen. Subscribe to The Awards Show Show podcast on iTunes:

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'Moonlight's' Barry Jenkins & the politicization of awards season

"Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins opens up about bonding with fellow nominated directors and being pitted head-to-head with Damien Chazelle and "La La Land" as if they're in a battle royal. Also, L.A. Times reporter Jen Yamato joins co-hosts John Horn ( and Kyle Buchanan ( to share what happened inside the hall during the PGA awards where John Legend went off-script to respond to Trump's immigration ban. With this new politicized award season, how will the producers of the Academy Awards handle political speeches this year? Subscribe to The Awards Show Show on iTunes:

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Oscar Noms Analyzed

The 2017 Oscar nominations are out and co-hosts John Horn of and Kyle Buchanan of parse the results. While a range of stories and performers were included this year, they challenge the narrative that these nominations mark the "the end of #OscarsSoWhite." And they share their joys at some nods ("20th Century Women") and dismay at others (Mel Gibson). Get The Awards Show Show podcast on iTunes:

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Our Oscar predictions

The dynamic co-hosts of The Awards Show Show podcast put all their analytical awards power into making final Oscar predictions before the actual nominees get announced by the Academy next week. Kyle Buchanan of and John Horn of debate the likely picks weighing their hopes with pragmatism. Who from "Hidden Figures" will get the nod? Can Annette Bening get in on that Best Actress race with "20th Century Women?" Will the Academy nominate old favorites like Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese? And how many movies will make it into the Best Picture category? Get The Awards Show Show podcast on iTunes: