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AirTalk’s FilmWeek: 20th Annual Oscar Preview

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 20, 2022
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
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We’re back in person just in time for FilmWeek’s 20th annual Oscar preview show. It’s part of KPCC's Public Radio Palooza- a year-long public radio party - and you’re invited! Join host Larry Mantle (he/him) and KPCC’s FilmWeek critics at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, March 20.

The pandemic has impacted the way we watch movies in many ways, but theaters slowly started to reopen their doors over the last year, giving us a sense of a return to “normal.” And it’s been a big year for films! Jane Campion’s Netflix western “Power of The Dog” leads the way with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Trailing close behind is the sci-fi blockbuster “Dune” which snagged 10 nominations. The film had a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max, a controversial decision Director Denis Villeneuve wasn’t happy about. Other Best Picture nominees in addition to those two films: “CODA,” “Belfast,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Drive My Car,” “Don’t Look Up,” “King Richard,” “West Side Story” and “Nightmare Alley.” We don’t talk about Bruno, but we will talk about “Encanto” and its nod for Best Animated Feature along with “Flee,” “Luca,” “The Mitchells Vs The Machines” and “Raya And The Last Dragon.” Unsurprisingly, “Encanto” is also recognized for its music in the Best Original Song and Best Original Score categories. With its unique animated storytelling “Flee” is also up for Best Documentary in addition to “Summer of Soul,” “Attica,” “Ascension” and “Writing With Fire.” You can find the full list of nominees here.

Between the snubs (Lady Gaga for her performance in “House of Gucci”) to the Cinderella stories (Bhutan’s first ever submission “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” getting a nod for Best International Film) there’s a lot to talk about. Join Larry and our top-notch critics a week before the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, as they break down the major categories and nominations and offer their hot takes, praise and even eyerolls. Remember to wear your mask and bring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test.

Theatre at Ace Hotel’s Covid Safety Policy
Every guest over the age of 5 must show proof of vaccination (either digital or physical copy), or either a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the show. Rapid and self-administered tests are not acceptable. A valid government issued photo identification must also be presented to verify vaccination. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating or drinking.

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You can hear FilmWeek on 89.3 KPCC, Fridays at 11 am. 

This event is part of KPCC's Public Radio Palooza, a year-long event series celebrating all things public radio. Be the first to find out about dates, venues, and where to get tickets by signing up for our email list.