The Oscar Project
While Dan Talbot may be in love with movies, I was in love with the stories he told in this book. Despite the famous company he keeps throughout the stories in this book, I never once felt that he was bragging. Offhand comments about meetings with the likes of Werner Herzog (who penned the introduction) or any number of other famous actors, directors, producers, and distributors were related as someone just talking about their fun evenings with friends.
From beginning to end, the stories, memories, and vignettes that Daniel delivers throughout the volume are full of real conversations and interactions with some of heavy hitters in international and independent cinema from across the 20th century. What became completely clear to me as I read about Dan's love of film, is that I have only scratched the surface of great films from around the world. My only regret in reading this book now is that Dan Talbot is no longer with us and didn't get the chance to see the book published. I'm sure he would have loved the feedback provided from the book, even if he didn't fully agree with all of it.
The first season of the show will feature 10 episodes, each focusing a spotlight on a specific ceremony from the past. The first episode was a wonderful look at 20 years ago this year when Sidney Poitier received an honorary Oscar for his work in film, Denzel Washington took home the Best Actor award for Training Day, and Halle Berry gave an emotional acceptance speech after winning Best Actress for Monster’s Ball.
Episodes are short enough to listen on a lunch break but carry enough background and detail through interviews and story research, that you’ll be sure to learn something new.
Check out the first several episodes posted already and follow the rest of the season through summer 2022.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?