It's been a year of aborted missteps for the Academy Awards. There was going to be a new Best Popular Picture category. But now there won't be. Kevin Hart was going to host. But now there's nobody. They were going to present four awards -- including Film Editing and Cinematography -- during the commercial breaks. But now they aren't.
Oh and there're the actual movies. Roma and The Favourite lead the field with 10 nominations each. A Star Is Born was once the favorite (no "u") to win in a bunch of categories. But now bettors' odds seem to favor Roma. Or maybe Green Book? And A Star Is Born? Its Best Picture hopes have fallen all the way to 40-1 against.
- Rebecca Castellani - Director of venue operations and tour marketing for We Save Music
- Rand Richards Cooper - A contributing editor at Commonweal; writes the "In Our Midst" column for Hartford Magazine
- James Hanley - Co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College
- Vivian Nabeta - Director of marketing at The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.