The Nose On The Academy Award For Best Popular Picture And 'Eighth Grade'

Aug 10, 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week announced changes to the annual Oscar awards, including a new category recognizing "outstanding achievement in popular film." Eligibility requirements and other details haven't been announced, but that hasn't stopped the film world from having strong opinions.

And: Bo Burnham is a comedian, musician, and actor who was a teen YouTube star. He’s directed a few comedy specials -- including Chris Rock's Tamborine -- and as of this week, his feature film directorial debut, Eighth Grade, is in wide release. Its "queasy verisimilitude" has earned it a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Xandra Ellin - Production intern at WNPR
  • Carolyn Paine - Actress, comedian, dancer; founder, director, and choreographer of CONNetic Dance
  • Kate Rushin - A poet whose “The Bridge Poem” is featured in The Atlantic

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.