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AirTalk’s FilmWeek: 2019 Oscar Preview




Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics at the 17th Annual FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview Show on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics at the 17th Annual FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview Show on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
Matthew Dangelantonio

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A live audience joined us this past Sunday, February 17, one week before the 91st Academy Awards, as KPCC In Person convened AirTalk’s FilmWeek critics for its 17th 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.

There was no clear front-runner emerging in any of the big categories, and the best picture race looked to be the biggest toss-up of all. Noteworthy contenders included films from familiar names like Alfonso Cuarón, who wrote, shot, and directed his now Oscar-nominated film “Roma,” Adam McKay, who is back in the conversation for his Dick Cheney biopic “Vice”; and Spike Lee with his latest film “BlacKkKlansman” about a black police officer who tries to infiltrate a KKK chapter.

Newer contenders include Ryan Coogler who hopes to turn the box office success of “Black Panther” into awards season gold, Bradley Cooper who wrote, directed, and starred in the reboot of “A Star Is Born”; and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film “The Favourite” has garnered plenty of praise for powerhouse performances by stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

Built in 1927 by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith, the Theatre at Ace Hotel 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. More than 90 years later, on the very same stage, Larry and the critics discussed and debated this year’s contenders for the major Oscar categories.

For more analysis on the categories from the critics click here

Guests:

Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC, film writer for The Guardian and host of the podcasts ‘The Canon’ and ‘Unspooled’; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, RogerEbert.com and co-host of the ‘Breakfast All Day’ podcast; she tweets @christylemire

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA); she tweets @ClaudiaPuig

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets @LAELLO

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com