Noah Gittell – The 2021 Oscars: A Year of Drama
The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series
Welcome to the Not Old Better Show, I’m your host Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode number 529.
As part of our Smithsonian Associates, Art of Living interview series, our guest today is Noah Gittell. Noah Gittell a previous guest on the show, and a fan favorite, is a film critic for the Washington City Paper. Noah Gittell also writes for publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Salon, and the LA Review of Books. Noah Gittell is a regular on-camera guest on BBC’s “Talking Movies,” program. Noah Gittell will be presenting at the Smithsonian Associates program entitled, The 2021 Oscars: A Year of Drama.
The Oscars are going to be different this year. With the pandemic having forced many major films to push their release dates to 2021 or beyond, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has made dramatic changes to shift the date of the ceremony to April 26, expand the eligibility window, and allow most streaming films to compete, whether they had a theatrical release or not.
In most years, you’d have assembled your own slate of favorites in the Oscar race long before the ceremony. There’s nothing more enjoyable than comparing your picks, talking about the nominated films and performers—and of course, those you felt really should have gotten a nod—with other movie fans. But this year, you might want an expert to help guide you through the process.
Washington City Paper film critic, and Not Old Better Show fan favorite, Noah Gittell is back with us for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar, from Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this unusual year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories. He sorts through all the storylines, rumors, and gossip so that when the telecast begins, you’ll be the most knowledgeable guest at your virtual Oscar party. Sip something festive and cast your vote for the winners in several major categories, with the most accurate predictions eligible for prizes after the awards are presented.
Noah Gittell has covered the film world and Hollywood for the Atlantic, Guardian, Salon, and L.A. Review of Books. He is a regular on-camera contributor to BBC’s “Talking Movies.” Please join me in welcoming back to The Not Old Better Show, Noah Gittell.
My thanks to Washington City Paper film critic, and Not Old Better Show fan favorite, Noah Gittell for his time today. Noah Gittell will be presenting at the Smithsonian Associates program entitled, The 2021 Oscars: A Year of Drama. Check out our web site for more details on Noah Gittell’s Smithsonian Associates presentation, April 21, 2021. My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show, and my thanks to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. My hope is that you’re listening today while standing in line for the vaccine. Be safe, practice smart social distancing and remember, Let’s Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.
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