How Actors Can Influence the Best Picture Race, From ‘Marriage Story’ to ‘Joker’

Awards season is in full swing, and Academy members are getting all kinds of opportunities to see many of the most acclaimed movies of the year. In the past two weeks alone, Netflix heavy-hitters “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” both received flashy premieres attended by voters keen on seeing it all, even as two earlier releases — “Parasite” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” remain popular favorites. But how does “Joker” figure into all this? To address the state of the Best Picture race, it helps to focus on one major contingency that could play a key role in the final determination: the actors branch.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson sit down in Los Angeles to recap their experiences at a recent party for “Marriage Story,” and how enthusiasm for Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama could impact other frontrunners. They also explore the good will towards Shia LaBeouf’s intimate screenplay for “Honey Boy,” opening this week, and anticipate some additional fall festivals just around the corner.

Listen to the full episode below. 

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