Welcome to this week’s Oscars special Failed Critics Podcast. Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined once again by Paul Field and Andrew Brooker after their appearance on the preview episode released a couple of weeks back, returning to react to the eventual winners and losers at the 88th Academy Awards.
Winners that included Leonardo DiCaprio, who has inadvertently cost himself the opportunity of ever appearing in the Failed Critics Corridor of Praise. Didn’t anybody warn him before he went up to collect his award? Oh well.
The stage was set for us to get all glamorous and spread the word about some very important socio-political issues that were close to our hearts… Alas, we were self-sabotaging the whole night through instead. Rallying against the Oscars being used as one-upmanship for actors with the biggest and most important cause that they care about, we flipped 180 degrees and outdid ourselves in the crass, ignorant and often downright offensive stakes.
At least the episode is relatively short this week – a sign of just how much more offensive we could be that those comments simply couldn’t stay in the episode and had to be edited out – but we still managed to cover two new releases. The disappointingly tame horror The Forest almost put Brooker to sleep, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy, Grimsby, had at least one fan on the show.
Join us again next week for slightly less in-jokes and more film chat.