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"Look,I understand what Gerwig is trying to do but this is much moreNOthan "yes"for me.Much more."-H

"MAYBE SOI think I would have preferred Gerwig's take on a modern retelling."-Pam

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Dec 07 2014

Podcast: Special Behind-the-Scenes LAFCA Episode

For this unedited edition of the podcast,Nathaniel,Joe and Nick speak withJustin Changfrom Variety about the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's annual voting,their commitment to voting their hearts free of the golden "O"word,their runaway favorites likeBoyhoodand the unlucky but well loved films likeGrand BudapestandBirdmanthat were always in the mix but didn't win big.We also talk diversity of choices on the acting ballots and how surprises like Tom Hardy (Locke) and Agata Kulesza (Ida) come to happen in their two tiers of voting.How do they decide things like the Gena Rowlands career achievement prize and how close did Marion Cotillard come to this,the first critics prize of the season that eluded her.

Have you even begun to digestthis intense critics awards weekend?Did those long drawn out announcements Sunday stress you out?Unwind with this relaxed conversation about the Los Angeles third of the big day.You can listen at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes starting Monday night.Continue the conversation in the comments!

LAFCA 2014 Discussion

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It may be true that Wes Anderson doesn't need a boost for his screenplay for Budapest but I'd like him to win an Oscar finally for something.Maybe it's finally his time?

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaveylow

Thanks so much for this.It was insightful without being too intrusive about voting totals,favorites,etc There have so many surprise choices in recent years that I really look forward to the LAFC most of all.Loved the story about Jeong-hie Yun's standing ovation!:)

December 8,2014 | Unregistered Commenterzig

Hey Nat,I haven't listened to this yet but I just wanted to say congrats on getting it up today when it was still relevant.I don't know if that sounds sarcastic,but I mean it.I know you sometimes give yourself a hard time about falling behind your busy schedule and editing these podcasts must sometimes take a while.Anyway,can't wait to listen.Love the podcasts and the whole site,best Oscar site on the web.Keep up the good work!

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jack

Thanks!This was very interesting.Now I would really like to hear another podcast with your thoughts about the whole thing.

Sorry,but I really have to say this: I think they did quite a mess this year with both actresses!

What about that rule that prevents from voting two performances?I guess it's kind of new because Fassy won for four different movies not long ago.Four movies may be a bit excessive,but when it comes to someone like Marion this year I don't get why they had to choose just one.

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

This was great.I wonder if Cotillard can really win Oscar?I have a soft spot for the LA critics for their honoring Christine Lahti in 1988.Awesome choice.

December 8,2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

This was a VERY interesting podcast...a fascinating look inside the process of making a "best of"list.Thanks so much for doing it.

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

Fascinating podcast.And perhaps why it might be worthwhile to post the entire voting results,like the New York Drama Critics Circle do (for theatre,I mean).

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

fascinating!loved hearing who else was in the conversation (Cotillard!!!Pike!Coon!Swinton!) and the overall process.such a treat :)

December 8,2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

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