Episode 43: The 2015 Academy Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s not only the most awesome name in show business. It’s also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce ‘Ben Affleck.’
— Neil Patrick Harris
When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself. … This is for that kid out there who feels weird or feels different — stay weird, stay different.
— Graham Moore

This week we welcome Kyle Aaronson, a film major, to explain some of the dynamics of the Academy Awards and the 2015 Oscars in particular. In our discussion, we examine the roles that actors, directors and film-makers play in determining the popularity and relevance of films. We also talk about the Academy as an organization and its tendencies and general composition.