AirTalk’s FilmWeek: 2018 Oscar preview
On Sunday, February 25, one week before the 90th Academy Awards, KPCC In Person convened AirTalk’s FilmWeek critics for its 16th annual Oscar preview event. This year, host Larry Mantle and the critics returned to the stage of the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Built in 1927 by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, the venue was originally known as the United Artists Theatre. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Fairbanks said he hoped the theater would always be a reminder that Los Angeles is the center of production of the film industry.
Just over 90 years later on the very same stage, Mantle and crew discussed and debated the contenders for this year’s major Oscar categories. Audienced joined us for this special taping in front of a live audience.
Justin Chang – film critic for KPCC and the “Los Angeles Times”
Tim Cogshell – film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind
Andy Klein – film critic for KPCC
Christy Lemire – film critic for KPCC, RogerEbert.com and co-host of YouTube’s “What the Flick?”; she tweets @christylemire
Lael Loewenstein – KPCC film critic
Wade Major – film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com
Amy Nicholson – film critic for KPCC and host of The Canon podcast; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson
Peter Rainer – film critic for KPCC and the “Christian Science Monitor”
Charles Solomon – film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and “Animation Magazine”