When asked in early 1995 why audiences hadn’t flocked to see his drama set in the 1950s Television contest, Robert Redford got philosophical: “Or we don’t want to face our loss of innocence, because it is asking us to admit that we have lost one of our virtues. Or we don’t want to face it because we are as shallow as people accuse us of being, and so spoiled. Or maybe it’s too painful and we don’t have the experience to face these things. And I don’t know what it is. “
Television contest, who recounted, with some historical liberties, the scandal that developed around the NBC game show Twenty one In the late 1950s, it was not the first film to reflect on the negative impact of television. But although not as justly furious as Network or as prophetic as Broadcast news, Television contest stands remarkably well over 25 years later as an examination of the power of television to make someone a star, and how difficult it can be to control it from there. This week Little golden men podcast, Hillary busis Unions Richard Lawson, Katey Rich, other Joanna robinson look back Television contest, the polished period piece whose thunder Oscar was stolen by Forrest Gump but whose legacy may be much stronger for him.
The episode also includes a look at the news that next year’s Academy Awards will take place at the end of March, another date change that reflects another awards season marked by the pandemic. The episode ends with two interviews: Joanna talks to Stewardess star Zosia mamet, and Katey catches up with Nobody’s master co-writer and star (and ex Vanity fair cover star) Lena Waithe. You can read more about that interview here.
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