Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tim's 92nd Oscars Picks

The 92nd Oscars are finally here!

Over the years we've recorded an episode of the podcast making our picks, but this year I decided to go a different route and simply do my picks the way I do all of the other show. I hope you have enjoyed my Oscars Week coverage this year talking with so many great filmmakers in the two-part coverage. A lot of categories tonight I see as 1917 vs. Parasite. I'm excited to see who takes home the Oscar. Here are my picks for this year's winners. Follow along on Twitter and let me know who you think will win! Enjoy the show

Best Picture


1917 absolutely blew me away in every aspect. The other film I see as a tight contender is of course Parasite. However, 1917 won the Producers Guild Award and that's usually a good sign of who is going to win. 

Lead Actor

Joaquin Phoenix

Lead Actress

Renee Zellweger

Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt

Supporting Actress

Laura Dern

I've seen a few Oscar voters mention voting for Margot Robbie in this category, but Laura Dern has carried the entire award season with her wins for Marriage Story and I don't see any reason why that stops tonight. 


Sam Mendes, “1917”

Don't count out Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite”. Mendes won the Directors Guild Award and I would expect to see him carry that through for an Oscar Win. 

Animated Feature

“Missing Link” 

Going into award season I thought for sure that Toy Story 4 was a lock, but Missing Link has proven to be the front runner.

Animated Short

"Hair Love"

This was honestly my favorite category this year. I spoke with most of the nominees here and every one of these films is brilliant. I think this category is between "Hair Love" and "Kitbull" as they were the most widely seen in this category. However, if I was a voting member of The Academy my vote would got to "Dcera" aka "Daughter" from Daria Kashcheeva. Aside from it's brilliant cinematography, Daria had to create a new way to animate on top of the stop motion of her film. I would love to see "Daughter" sneak in for the win. 

Adapted Screenplay

“Jojo Rabbit” 

I've been such a huge fan of Taika Waititi for years and I really can't wait to see him take home the Oscar for one of my absolute favorite films of the year. 

Original Screenplay


Don't count Tarantino out on this just yet, but this is a good spot for Bong Joon-Ho to get his personal Oscar, not to mention he also won the WGA Award just last week. 

“1917,” Roger Deakins
Best Documentary Feature

American Factory” - Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)” - Carol Dysinger

I could see St. Louis Superman possibly sneak in here, but I think "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" should have it on lock. 

Best Live Action Short Film

“The Neighbors’ Window”

This is Marshall Curry's fourth Oscar Nomination and I think this is the year he finally brings it home. 

Best International Feature Film


Film Editing


Ford vs. Ferrari could be a dark horse hear, but Parasite is definitely the front runner and I can't see any reason they don't take home the Oscar. 

Sound Editing

“1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate

Sound Mixing


Production Design

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Original Score

“Joker” - Hildur Guðnadóttir

Original Song

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” -  “Rocketman”

Makeup and Hair


I wouldn't count out "Joker" here, but I think "Bombshell" has this one locked down. 

Costume Design

“Little Women” - Jacqueline Durran

"Joker" and "The Irishman" are both strong contenders here, but "Little Women" should take this one home. 

Visual Effects


Friday, February 7, 2020

Episode 177 - Oscars Week (Pt. 2) feat. Marshall Curry and Siqi Song


Today's episode of the podcast is Part 2 of our Oscar Week coverage!

This week I have four-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry and Siqi Song! Marshall was on the show last year for his documentary short "A Night at the Garden" that was nominated for an Oscar and it was great to have him back on the show. While this is Siqi Song's first Oscar nomination, she was also part of the art department for the Oscar nominated animated film "Missing Link". 

It was great to talk with Marshall about the new venture into Live Action Shorts instead of the Documentaries that he's best known for, and hear about how his film "The Neighbors Window" came together. Siqi's film "Sister" was her final student film project that tells such a unique story of the One Child Law in China. She used an incredible form of stop motion animation using yarn to build all of her characters. 

I had such a great time talking to both of these Oscar nominees and can't want to see what happens this Sunday during the 92nd Academy Awards. Make sure to visit ShortsTV on the site below to be able to watch all of the Oscar Nominated Shorts or find them in a theater near you. 

Thanks, Marshall and Siqi!

Enjoy the episode!



Saturday, February 1, 2020

Episode 176 - Oscars Week (Pt. 1) feat. Daria Kashcheeva, Rosana Sullivan, Kathryn Hendrickson, & Everett Downing Jr.


Oscar Week is here! After a month long hiatus I am thrilled to be back and talking with the Oscar Nominated filmmakers of this year's short films.

This episode is Part 1 of the coverage featuring Daria Kashcheeva from "Daughter", Rosana Sullivan & Kathryn Hendrickson from "Kitbull", & Everett Downing Jr. from "Hair Love".  All three films are part of my favorite of categories, the Animated Shorts. 

This first group of filmmakers had such great stories about how their films came to be. Rosana and Kathryn both have a long history in animation. Rosana was one of the Producers on Toy Story 4, and they have both worked on films like The Incredibles, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur. Everett Downing Jr. is another animation juggernaut animating films like WALL-E, Up, Brave, Ratatouille, and Ice Age. Which brings us to Daria Kashcheeva. Daria's film is only the second short film she's made. It was her student film final, and it's absolutely breathtaking. I have never seen anything like "Daughter". Daria literally created parts of her animation style to make this film. It's only a matter of time before she joins the ranks of the other three animation titans. 

It was so much fun talking to the four of them! Next week I will have two more episodes as part of my Oscar coverage. A huge Thank You to Daria, Rosana, Kathryn, and Everett for taking the time to join me on this first Oscar episode. Look for the ShortsTV program playing in a theater near you or find it online on the links below. 

Enjoy the episode!