Variety Awards Circuit

"Variety Awards Circuit" podcast, hosted by Clayton Davis, Jenelle Riley, Jazz Tangcay and Michael Schneider (who produces), is your one-stop listen for lively conversations about the best in film and television. Each week "Awards Circuit" features interviews with top film and TV talent and creatives; discussions and debates about awards races and industry headlines; and much, much more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or anywhere you download podcasts. New episodes post every Thursday.

TV & Film
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Guillermo del Toro (“Pinocchio”) and Charmaine ...
“Pinocchio” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro discusses the process of bringing the movie to life, and the 22 screenplays he's yet to make. Later, actor Charmaine Bingwa talks about “Emancipation.” But first, the Roundtable looks at the winners from last weekend’s Gotham awards, and at the reviews for Will Smith’s “Emancipation.”
80 min
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Gabrielle Union (“The Inspection”) and Claire F...
Gotham- and Independent Spirit Award-nominated Gabrielle Union talks about her work in Elegance Bratton's film "The Inspection." She discusses her advocacy work for LGBTQ rights, what's next for her and even weighs on some of the media obsessions including "The Slap" at last year's Oscars ceremony. Later, we chat with actor Claire Foy about “Women Talking.” But first, the roundtable dissects the bombshell news about Bob Iger’s return to Disney once again as CEO, and how it all came about.
84 min
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Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All At Once...
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” star Ke Huy Quan talks about his childhood roles, his comeback and more. Later, actor Ben Foster discusses his new film “Emancipation.” But first, the Roundtable dissects new contenders including “Babylon” and “Glass Onion.”
68 min
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Jonathan Majors (“Devotion”) and Thuso Mbedu (“...
65 min
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Todd Field (“Tár”) and Jeremy Pope (“The Inspec...
Todd Field, the writer, director and producer of “Tár,” discusses working with Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss, some of the film’s most burning questions and how long until we get another feature from him. Later, we chat with actor Jeremy Pope about his new film “The Inspection.” But first, the Roundtable talks about some of the year’s top animated and documentary contenders with “Good Night Oppy” opening this week in theaters and “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” premiering at AFI Film Fest.
85 min
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Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”) and Micheal Ward (“...
Danielle Deadwyler discusses the Oscar buzz surrounding her performance in "Till," her inspirations and approach to take on such a difficult role, and what's next for her. Later, we chat with actor Micheal Ward about his new role in Sam Mendes' "Empire of Light."
42 min
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Rian Johnson (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Myster...
Rian Johnson discusses Netflix’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” and the future of the "Knives Out" franchise, as well as whether his “Star Wars” trilogy will happen, and his new TV series with Natasha Lyonne and more. Later, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne chats about his new role in “The Good Nurse,” which has put him in Oscar conversation for best supporting actor. But first, the Awards Circuit roundtable talks about the week’s releases, including “The Banshees of Inisherin,” and recaps the film festival circuit.
71 min
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Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”) and Ni...
"The Woman King" director Gina Prince-Bythewood discusses that historical epic, as well as the challenges of shooting and getting shut down during COVID, and even the possibility of seeing a reboot of the sitcom “A Different World,” where she got her start. Later, we chat with German actress Nina Hoss about her performance in Todd Field’s “Tár.” But first, the Awards Circuit Roundtable is back and in person, as we kick off this Oscar season with some insight on who’s hot and who’s not. We look at the films that premiered at the fall festivals such as "The Fabelmans" and the year of populist flicks and box-office hits like "Top Gun: Maverick" making a play for the Oscars' top category.
68 min
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Jordan Peele (“Nope”) and Dolly de Leon (“Trian...
52 min
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Adam Sandler (“Hustle”)
Adam Sandler discusses his Netflix film “Hustle” as well as whether he’ll return to host “Saturday Night Live” anytime soon, and if a sequel to “The Waterboy” might be in the offing.
36 min
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Awards Circuit’s Mega Emmy Roundup
The 2022 Emmys are wrapped — and “Succession” and “Ted Lasso” did it again. But there were some surprises, including “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” and supporting actress winner Sheryl Lee Ralph. Variety’s Michael Schneider, Jazz Tangcay and Clayton Davis recap the wins, the night — and who was the most right. (Hint: It was Mike.)
32 min
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Final Emmy Predictions from the Awards Circuit ...
Variety’s Awards Circuit Roundtable, featuring Clayton Davis, Emily Longeretta, Jazz Tangcay and Michael Schneider, offer up their final best guesses and biggest dreams for the 74th Emmy Awards. Will predictable winners wind up on stage, or are we in for some surprises from the likes of “Squid Game” or “Abbott Elementary”?
44 min
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Henry Winkler (“Barry”) and Awards Circuit Roun...
Emmy-nominated “Barry” star Henry Winkler recounts his amazing career, its ups and downs, and the current highs of playing acting coach Gene Cousineau opposite Bill Hader — particularly as the show grows darker with each passing season. Also, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses some of the key Creative Arts Emmys races coming this weekend, including animation and guest actor and actress.
65 min
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Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”) and Awards Circuit R...
Emmy-nominated “Hacks” star Hannah Einbinder on how this year’s awards journey differs from her first time on the circuit. Also, she talks about her concerns that the show might be ending, and her plans to tour more standup. But first, the Awards Circuit Roundtable looks at the reality categories – structured, unstructured and competition.
67 min
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Amanda Seyfried and Liz Meriwether (“The Dropou...
“The Dropout” star Amanda Seyfried and executive producer and showrunner Liz Meriwether about their collaboration, which included striking the right balance between drama and comedy, as well as setting the right tone for depicting Elizabeth Holmes as someone who did wrong, but also someone who truly believed she could pull off her fantastic dream of changing the world with her company Thearnos — but with a scam.
35 min
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Trevor Noah (“The Daily Show”) and Awards Circu...
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” host discusses doing a topical late night show when the news is so incessantly grim. Also, the success of his correspondents, the fact that he may be the only weeknight talk show host who hasn’t gotten COVID, how he got his audience groove back and also the show’s multiple Emmy nominations. But first, as Emmy voting draws to a close on Monday, our Roundtable discusses this year’s wide open races.
69 min
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Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”)
Recorded just hours after the “Better Call Saul” finale, stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn break down that series ending episode, including what happened to Jimmy/Saul and Kim – and whether this might be considered a “happy ending.”
38 min
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Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowsk...
Four of the “Queer Eye” fab five — Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness — talk about how the show continues to change their lives, in addition to the lives of the people they help and the lives of the audience who watches. In addition to sharing thoughts about the diversity, the social impact and representation of Netflix's "Queer Eye," the hosts even offer their red carpet tips for the Emmy awards.
33 min
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Steve Martin/John Hoffman (“Only Murders in the...
“Only Murders in the Building” co-creators Steve Martin and John Hoffman discuss the success of the Hulu series, which earned 17 Emmy nominations, including outstanding comedy. But first, our Awards Circuit roundtable dissects the supporting actress categories.
68 min
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Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Awards Circuit Roundt...
Emmy-nominated Issa Rae, who just completed her run as star and executive producer of “Insecure,” talks about the end of her show and what’s next. That includes the new HBO series “Rap Sh!t,” and a growing empire. First, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the supporting actor Emmy categories.
44 min
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Sebastian Stan, Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”) and ...
Emmy-nominated “Pam & Tommy” stars Sebastian Stan and Lily James talk about the Hulu series, which chronicles the truth behind that infamous Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape and how it unfairly maligned Anderson and her career. But first, our Awards Circuit roundtable discusses the Emmy lead actress categories and much, much more.
97 min
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Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein...
“Ted Lasso” stars and Emmy nominees Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein talk about their tight relationship, which includes cheering each other on in other projects, like Goldstein in “Thor. Also, what’s the fate of the show beyond Season 3? How do they now deal with all this recognition? And so much more. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the lead actor categories.
75 min
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Emmy Nominations 2022 Mega Roundtable
Awards Circuit Podcast’s Michael Schneider, Emily Longeretta, Jazz Tangcay and Clayton Davis dissect the 2022 Primetime Emmy nominations. What did the Television Academy get right? What were the big surprises? Was anything really snubbed? The Roundtable dives deep into this year’s announcement.
56 min
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Anthony Anderson/Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”...
“Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross talk about the legacy of the ABC comedy, how the show ended after 8 seasons and 175 episodes, and whether they hope to revisit Dre and Bow one day. After that, we chat with “Dr. Death” star Joshua Jackson about his Peacock series.
52 min
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Courteney Cox (“Shining Vale”) and Awards Circu...
“Shining Vale” star Courteney Cox discusses her dark Starz comedy, as well as if we’ll see more of her in the “Scream” franchise and what she’s rooting for this Emmy season — including a certain Friend. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable dissects this year’s Emmy submissions, and what is or isn’t there, as nomination voting winds down this Monday.
58 min
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Elle Fanning (“The Great”/ “The Girl From Plain...
“The Great” and “The Girl From Plainville” star Elle Fanning on being Hulu’s MVP, via two very different Emmy-contending series. Also, we chat with “Pachinko” creator and showrunner Soo Hugh about her remarkable Apple TV Plus show.
55 min
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Seth Meyers (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”)
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” host Seth Meyers chats about a little bit of everything, including his COVID-19 experience, what his kids can and can’t watch on TV, how his early comedy days at Northwestern led to this career, what happens if Trump is re-elected, and how he is enjoying this version of his NBC talk show — including shining a spotlight on more of his staff.
42 min
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Nicole Byer (“Nailed It,” “Grand Crew,” “Wipeout”)
Nicole Byer on being a force of nature: She co-hosts Netflix’s “Nailed It,” TBS’ “Wipeout” and multiple podcasts. She stars in NBC’s “Grand Crew,” renewed for a second season. And she has her first-ever Netflix comedy special, “Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)” also in the running for an Emmy nomination. She talks about her year, social media, cultivating a fan base from kids to adults, and much more.
31 min
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Nicola Coughlan, Simone Ashley, Charithra Chand...
“Bridgerton” stars Nicola Coughlan, Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran discuss this past season of the Netflix series, and even more importantly, what comes next in Season 3. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable debates the Emmy directing categories and also offers up its pleas to TV Academy members as nomination voting gets under way.
69 min
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Amy Poehler (“Lucy and Desi”)
“Lucy and Desi” director Amy Poehler talks about her Amazon Prime Video documentary. She shares the access she had in talking to icons like Carol Burnett and Norman Lear, as well as the lesser-known aspects of Lucille Ball’s and Desi Arnaz’s marriage and professional lives, and Ball’s trailblazing career as a studio boss.
28 min
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Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz (...
“The Afterparty” stars Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson and Ben Schwartz talk about the Apple TV+ whodunit comedy and all the guesses they heard from friends and family about who the murderer really was. Plus, we talk about what to expect in Season 2, in this wild and wide-ranging conversation. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the Emmy comedy and limited series categories and much more.
58 min
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Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”)
Samantha Bee talks about hosting a topical show in an era where the news is so bleak. We also talk about the adjustments her show made during the pandemic, some permanent. And we discuss how she has been sounding the alarm for years on the assault of women’s rights.
30 min
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Danny McBride (“The Righteous Gemstones”) and A...
“The Righteous Gemstones” star and executive producer Danny McBride discusses how he and his staff basically rewrote Season 2 after the pandemic shut down production, and what to expect for Season 3. Also, the Awards Circuit Roundtable is back, and discussing the Emmy drama category.
57 min
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Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Live in Fro...
For Jimmy Kimmel, having to go on TV after another shooting massacre is heart wrenching. We talk to Kimmel about how he approaches his monologue after tragedies like that. We also talk about getting back to the studio after COVID, his April Fools stunt with Jimmy Fallon, his upcoming trip to Brooklyn and producing a third edition of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” with Norman Lear.
38 min
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Jessica Biel (“Candy”) and Adrien Brody (“Winni...
“Candy” star and executive producer Jessica Biel discusses why she was interested in adapting the real-life story of accused murderer Candy Montgomery, and how she approached the role. Also, “Winning Time” star Adrien Brody discusses his role as iconic Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley in the series.
49 min
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Bridget Everett (“Somebody Somewhere”) and Crai...
Bridget Everett’s HBO series “Somebody Somewhere” is an incredibly personal dramatic comedy that critics and fans have embraced. We talk to her about that acclaim, and the show’s Season 2 renewal. After that, we chat with “Killing It” star Craig Robinson about his Peacock comedy, which explores another side of the so-called American dream.
49 min
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Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”)
“This Is Us” star Mandy Moore is finally processing the fact that it’s all over for “This Is Us,” the hit NBC drama that ended its run this week after six seasons and more than a hundred episodes. On this bonus edition, Moore gets emotional as she discusses what happened in the series finale.
20 min
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Jabari Banks (“Bel-Air”) and David Hyde Pierce ...
“Bel-Air” star Jabari Banks talks about his big break, and how his own story seems to mirror that of the show’s main character, Will. After that, we chat with “Julia” star David Hyde Pierce about his HBO Max show, which chronicles the rise of TV chef Julia Child, what brought him back to TV and of course, the legacy of “Frasier.”
49 min
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Jared Leto (“WeCrashed”)
“WeCrashed” star Jared Leto discusses playing real-life WeWork founder Adam Neumann in the Apple TV+ series. He talks about the instant chemistry he had with co-star Anne Hathaway, and how he’s known for transforming for his roles, such as his recent, unrecognizable turn in “House of Gucci.” Taking on Neumann, he says, was no exception.
34 min
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Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Patrick Somervil...
“Station Eleven” stars Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel, as well as creator and executive producer Patrick Somerville, about this very special series, and how they launched a show about a pandemic in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the lead actress categories in this year’s Emmy awards.
74 min
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Dominque Fishback (“The Last Days of Ptolmey Gr...
“The Last Days of Ptolmey Grey” star Dominique Fishback discusses working with Samuel L. Jackson, as well as her take on the character, playing young roles and how she’s enjoying her success. Also on this episode, Bobby Moynihan talks about his recently canceled comedy “Mr. Mayor,” as well as his busy voice acting career.
51 min
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Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”) and Awards Circuit R...
“Barry” fan favorite Anthony Carrigan joins us to discuss playing NoHo Hank, his character’s new love interest, and the show’s balance of staying funny while also getting darker. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses supporting actress categories, in honor of this week’s Variety Power of Women event in New York.
63 min
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Sienna Miller (“Anatomy of a Scandal”)
“Anatomy of a Scandal” star Sienna Miller talks about the Netflix series, how it depicts the privilege of the rich and powerful, working on a David E. Kelley show and why she keeps picking projects that relate to her personally, having been embroiled in the UK press phone hacking scandal.
27 min
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Tony Dalton (“Better Call Saul”) and Awards Cir...
“Better Call Saul” baddie Tony Dalton talks about the flair he brings to playing the charming but deadly Lalo Salamanca on the show, and also doing something different on “Hawkeye.” But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the return to Emmy season and the ridiculous number of TV premieres this spring.
63 min
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Tom Hiddleston (“Loki” and “The Essex Serpent”)
Tom Hiddleston has the unique privilege of starring in two recent Emmy contenders: First up was “Loki,” the smash marvel property that continued the adventures of Marvel’s most popular villain (or a variant thereof) that hit Disney+ in June. Next month, Apple TV+’s “The Essex Serpent” premieres. Hiddleston talks about both shows, having a milestone birthday during the pandemic and more. He also takes a quiz to guess between the characters of Shakespeare and Marvel.
46 min
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Awards Circuit Roundtable Mega Edition: Oscars ...
In one of the most stunning moments in Oscars history, Will Smith hopped on stage to smack Chris Rock and all hell broke loose. The Awards Circuit Roundtable dissects that moment, and also looks at this year’s big winners — including “CODA” and Apple TV Plus.
52 min
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Oscars Producer Will Packer and Awards Circuit ...
Will Packer teases what he has in store as producer of this year’s Oscars ceremony, and addresses the controversial decision to pre-tape eight categories during the hour before the broadcast. Also on this episode, the Awards Circuit roundtable gives its final predictions for this year’s Academy Awards.
98 min
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Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) and Awards Circuit Ro...
Double Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve discusses his passion for creating the world of "Dune" and that best director snub. He teases what to expect with "Dune Part Two," including working with Zendaya. Also on this episode, the Awards Circuit roundtable discusses the latest buzz on the final march to the Oscars.
57 min
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Siân Heder (“CODA”)
“CODA” writer/director Siân Heder just won a BAFTA Award for her film, the latest in a string of kudos for the Apple Original release. Oscar nominated for adapted screenplay, Heder talks about the film’s critical raves as well as its impact and history-making awards on the road to the Academy Awards.
33 min
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Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)/Guillermo...
Directors Jane Campion of the Oscar-nominated “The Power of the Dog” and Guillermo del Toro of Oscar-nominated “Nightmare Alley” swap stories about filmmaking in the streaming age. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the rise of “CODA” and more as we head into another awards-filled weekend with the BAFTA, DGA and Critics’ Choice ceremonies.
56 min
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Ciarán Hinds (“Belfast”)
Irish veteran actor Ciarán Hinds had never been nominated for an Oscar until this year, despite outstanding performances in films like “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (2011). Hinds is here to discuss his role as Pop in “Belfast” and his own Oscar nomination, what he remembers from growing up during the time period featured in the film, and much more.
31 min
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“Encanto” Composer Germaine Franco and Awards C...
Oscar nominated composer Germaine Franco discusses “Encanto,” working with Lin-Manuel Miranda and what has moved her the most about the soundtrack’s viral hit. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable meets in person for the first time and recaps the SAG Awards — including how it has or hasn’t brought clarity to the Oscar race.
58 min
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Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”)
Oscar-nominated “King Richard” star Aunjunue Ellis discusses her role as Oracene “Brandy” Williams in the film, as well as her experience working with Will Smith, and what she has coming up next.
44 min
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Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) and A...
Kodi Smit-McPhee discusses his role as Peter Gordon in Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" and his reaction to be nominated for his first Academy Award. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable talks about the controversy surrounding the decision to pre-tape some Oscar awards and edit them into the ceremony. And we give our final SAG Awards picks.
69 min
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Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)
Three-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain discusses how she wanted to portray televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” plus how Oscar campaigns have changed in the post-Harvey Weinstein era and what’s next on her busy acting plate.
35 min
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Sandra Oh (“The Chair”/”Killing Eve”) and Award...
SAG Awards nominee Sandra Oh talks about her Netflix series “The Chair” and some of the sticky topics it brings up, and also previews the final season of “Killing Eve.” But first, on the Awards Circuit Roundtable, we break down the big Oscars host announcement.
63 min
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Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Encanto”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Oscar nomination for the “Encanto” song “Dos Oruguitas” (and why it’s not for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”). Also, more on what he plans to do in 2022 after a busy 2021, and expectations for the upcoming live-action “The Little Mermaid” and the original songs he wrote for it.
33 min
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Amy Sherman-Palladino/Daniel Palladino (“The Ma...
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” exec producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino on what to expect as Midge and company finally return to our TV screens, and how they wanted to make sure Season 4 was worth the wait — even as COVID contingencies made it a challenge to produce. But first, the Awards Circuit roundtable dissects this year’s Oscars nominations.
66 min
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Mitchells vs. ...
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller discuss returning to the Oscars with another nomination and how they continue to redefine the animation medium. Plus, they discuss “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the sequel to their Academy Award-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
52 min
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Cole Hauser (“Yellowstone”) and Awards Circuit ...
“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser discusses how his series has turned into a megahit, and now an awards contender, after four seasons. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable shares burning questions on what to look out for as the Oscar nominations finally take place.
53 min
61
Margaret Qualley ("Maid")
SAG Awards nominee Margaret Qualley discusses making the Netflix limited series "Maid," which features her in almost every scene, as well as her bond with her young co-star, and getting to work with her mother, Andie MacDowell, who also plays her mom in the series.
32 min
62
Mike Mills (“C’mon C’mon”) and Awards Circuit R...
Director Mike Mills discusses “C’mon, C’mon,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffman and Woody Norman. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable helps kick off Oscar voting by making one more plea on what Academy members shouldn’t overlook.
67 min
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Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man: No Way Home" and "Ni...
Willem Dafoe discusses his first-ever "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig this weekend, plus his busy year, which included reteaming with directors Paul Schrader for “The Card Counter” and Wes Anderson for “The French Dispatch,” as well as supporting roles in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” And then there’s his return to the role of Green Goblin in “Spider-Man No Way Home.”
31 min
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Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) and Awards Circui...
Haim artist Alana Haim discusses her first-ever feature role, “Licorice Pizza,” as well as her hugely popular band with her sister, their long history with director Paul Thomas Anderson, and much more. But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable dives into the hot topics of the week, including how COVID has disrupted this Oscar season and the tattoo that Jazz Tangcay almost got as a teenager.
69 min
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Cate Blanchett (“Don’t Look Up,” “Nightmare All...
Cate Blanchett discusses her duo of Oscar contenders, “Don’t Look Up” and “Nightmare Alley,” as well as her new venture with Pedro Almodóvar, for whom she will be starring in (and producing) “A Manual for Cleanining Women.”
34 min
66
Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) and Awards Ci...
Rachel Zegler discusses taking on the iconic role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s new version of the landmark musical “West Side Story.” But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable dissects the SAG Awards nominations and shares its pick for who should host the Oscars.
66 min
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Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Tick, Tick Boom,” “Encanto”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses writing the music for Disney’s “Encanto”; directing his first feature with “Tick, Tick Boom” and casting Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson; his first music memories and more.
31 min
68
Halle Berry (“Bruised”) and Ariana DeBose (“We...
Halle Berry talks about directing and starring in “Bruised,” as well as her desire to work with Zendaya, her advice for Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman and more. Later, Ariana DeBose discusses her star-making turn in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.”
80 min
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J.K. Simmons (“Being the Ricardos”) and Awards ...
J.K. Simmons discusses playing William Frawley, aka “I Love Lucy’s” Fred Mertz, in Amazon’s “Being the Ricardos.” And the Awards Circuit Roundtable catches up on what we watched over the break and share some Golden Globe winner and SAG Award nomination predictions.
67 min
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Nicolas Cage (“Pig”) and Vicky Krieps/Mia Wasi...
Nicolas Cage speaks extensively about his career, from being born into a family of artists (his uncle is Francis Ford Coppola) and his unique acting choices over the years to his current film, “Pig.” Also in this episode, Vicky Krieps and Mia Wasikowska discuss their intertwined roles in Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Bergman Island.”
53 min
71
Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”) and Tessa T...
Penélope Cruz discusses her latest film with Pedro Almodóvar, “Parallel Mothers,” as well as her other varied roles and what she’s drawn to in film. Later, we chat with Tessa Thompson about her film “Passing,” and we also wind up dissecting the new “Sex and the City” spinoff.
58 min
72
Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)
“Dopesick” star Michael Keaton discusses the Hulu limited series, and how it taught him a lot more than what he thought he knew about the origins of the opioid crisis — and the actions of the Sackler family, who promoted OxyContin with the lie that it was non-addictive. Keaton also talks a bit about what convinced him to wear the Batman suit once more.
32 min
73
Pablo Larraín (“Spencer”) and Awards Circuit Ro...
“Spencer” director Pablo Larraín discusses his new film, about a dramatic weekend in the life of Princess Diana, and how he might do one more reimagined biopic after this one, culminating in a trilogy that started with “Jackie.” But first, our Awards Circuit roundtable dissects the recent Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nominations, and any surprises or snubs that we found.
54 min
74
Andrew Garfield ("Tick, Tick... Boom!")
"Tick, Tick... Boom!" star Andrew Garfield discusses his big year, which includes playing Jonathan Larson in the new musical film from director Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as televangelist Jim Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." Oh, and reprising that web slinger character he once portrayed.
35 min
75
Julia Ducournau (“Titane”) and Awards Circuit R...
French director Julia Ducournau, who burst onto the world filmmaking scene in 2016 with “Raw,” discusses her latest film, “Titane.” She discusses her journey to creating the new project and her struggle to connect with the main character. But first, the Awards Circuit roundtable discusses “West Side Story,” “Don’t Look Up” and the upcoming Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations.
60 min
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Adam McKay ("Don't Look Up")
Director/writer Adam McKay's script to the new film "Don't Look Up" was written pre-pandemic, but then things kept happening in the real world that were just like the script. We talk to McKay about his new Netflix film, and how it cuts perhaps a little too close to home. Plus, he details how Meryl Streep improvises and much more.
42 min
77
Sarah Snook (“Succession”) and Composer Nichola...
As Season 3 of “Succession” comes to a close, star Sarah Snook discusses the tumultuous year for Shiv, and what might come next for her character — and the show. Also: “Succession” composer Nicholas Britell on the HBO drama, as well as his work on the new film “Don’t Look Up.”
51 min
78
Ron and Russell Mael (“The Sparks Brothers” and...
Sparks musicians Ron and Russell Mael, the subject of Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers,” talk about their busy year, which also includes writing the screenplay and creating the music and songs for the film “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Also, the Roundtable discusses Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and the upcoming critics’ groups announcements.
47 min
79
Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”)
Mahershala Ali discusses his new film “Swan Song,” in which he plays both himself and his clone, and what it was like to reunite with his “Moonlight” co-star. Naomie Harris. And yes, we try to sneak in a “Blade” question or two as well.
39 min
80
Corey Hawkins (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”) and Ti...
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” star Corey Hawkins discusses his experience working opposite Denzel Washington on Joel Coen’s take on the iconic Shakespearean play. He additionally chats about his tremendous year, including “In the Heights.” Also on this episode, we talk to “Old Henry” star Tim Blake Nelson. And the Awards Circuit Roundtable on “Licorice Pizza,” “Don’t Look Up,” and what we’re most thankful for this year.
83 min
81
Robin De Jesus (“Tick… Tick… Boom!”) and Awards...
“Tick… Tick… Boom!” star Robin de Jesus talks about his experience working opposite Andrew Garfield in the film, which chronicles playwright Jonathan Larson and how he created the landmark musical “Rent.” But first, our Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses “Spencer,” “Being the Ricardos” and the sheer number of screening events taking place around Los Angeles.
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Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”)
Kristen Stewart discusses taking on the role of Princess Diana in the Neon feature “Spencer,” whether there’s a parallel to her own life, as well as the status of her adaptation of the memoir “The Chronology of Water” and much more.
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Aunjanue Ellis (“King Richard”) and Awards Circ...
“King Richard” star Aunjanue Ellis discusses her experience working opposite Will Smith in the film chronicling the rise of tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams, and how she’s enjoying a bit of a career renaissance. Also, our Awards Circuit Podcast roundtable discusses our first impressions of Oscar contenders “House of Gucci” and “Licorice Pizza,” and much more.
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Jonathan Majors (“The Harder They Fall”)
Jonathan Majors plays cowboy Nat Love in director and co-writer Jeymes Samuel’s debut feature film “The Harder They Fall.” Majors discusses his role in that epic western from Netflix, as well as his recent entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe via “Loki,” his recent Emmy-nominated turn in “Lovecraft Country” and much more.
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Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”)
“Belfast” star Jamie Dornan talks about working with director Kenneth Branagh on his deeply personal film, which also happens to be Dornan’s first release since the passing of his own father. He also shares how his infectious turn in “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” gave him some insight into his dad, and gives hints to the screenplay he’s been writing — and when it could see the light of day.
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Dakota Johnson (“The Lost Daughter”)
Dakota Johnson discusses her experience working on Netflix’s “The Lost Daughter,” the adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel, as well as what an Oscar nom would mean for her, and what’s next. But first, our Awards Circuit roundtable discusses this weekend’s new releases, including “Spencer” and “Eternals.”
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Clifton Collins Jr. (“Jockey”) and Awards Circu...
Clifton Collins Jr. brings life and beauty to his performance as a horse racer feeling the effects of decades on the equestrian circuit in “Jockey.” Also, our Awards Circuit roundtable discusses the latest regarding the tragic death of cinematographer Haylna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust.”
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Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”)
Actress Caitríona Balfe, perhaps best known for her role in the fan favorite series “Outlander,” looks to have her most significant big screen breakout yet with her awards-worthy performance in the emotional drama "Belfast," opposite Jamie Dornan.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Daughter”) and Jak...
Writer and director Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses her debut feature “The Lost Daughter” and Jake Gyllenhaal talks about acting and producing “The Guilty,” both films on Netflix. Also, the Awards Circuit roundtable discusses the openings of “Dune” and “The French Dispatch” and what their Oscar chances might be, plus the return of HBO’s “Succession.”
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Oscar Isaac (“The Card Counter” and “Dune”) and...
Oscar Isaac stops by to discuss his work in “The Card Counter” (Focus Features) and “Dune” (Warner Bros.), along with his performances in TV’s “Scenes from a Marriage” (HBO Max) and the upcoming superhero series, “Moon Knight” (Marvel/Disney Plus). Jeffrey Wright, one of the stars of “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) talks working with Wes Anderson and his anticipated role as Commissioner Gordon in “The Batman.” The panel discusses if “The Last Duel” and “The Tender Bar” are Oscar contenders and where are all the women of color in the best actress race.
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Ann Dowd (“Mass”) and Joe Wright (“Cyrano”)
Emmy winner Ann Dowd discusses her new film “Mass,” which focuses on two families in the aftermath of a school shooting. Also, we talk to “Cyrano” director Joe Wright about his take on the classic story. And the Awards Circuit Roundtable dives into IATSE and much more.
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2021-2022 Film Awards Season Kick Off: Kirsten ...
The film awards season kicks off with star Kirsten Dunst of Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) and Simon Rex from Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket” (A24). Also, the Variety Awards Circuit roundtable discusses the New York Film Festival, which returned with “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
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Awards Circuit Post-Emmy Roundtable Mega Edition
Awards Circuit Podcast’s Michael Schneider, Danielle Turchiano, Jazz Tangcay and Clayton Davis recount the big wins, huge upsets, major surprises and super snubs at the 73rd Emmy Awards. Is straight-ticket voting now the Emmy norm? Did the telecast work? What was Conan doing? And what might be some wild ways the Academy might consider for the Emmys next? We wrap up the Emmys with one final mega roundtable.
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Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor and Gillian Anderson...
Emmy-nominated “The Crown” stars Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor discuss the breakout fourth season of the Netflix hit, and their takes on Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and Prince Charles. But first, on the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast roundtable, we share our final predictions for the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, which take place Sept. 19.
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Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog” an...
Benedict Cumberbatch had two films that screened at the Telluride Film Festival, and discusses his other upcoming projects including “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange 2” in this bonus edition of the Awards Circuit Podcast.
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Amber Tamblyn (“Y: The Last Man”) and Michael K...
“Y: The Last Man” star Amber Tamblyn on how the show is finally airing after years in gestation, and the unexpected people that inspired her character’s portrayal. Also, we share a 2017 interview with Michael K. Williams, in tribute to the star’s tragic passing. And on the roundtable, we preview the Creative Arts Emmys, including the guest performer categories.
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“Hacks” cast and producers; Variety’s Virtual T...
“Hacks” stars Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins and creators Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky discuss the success of the comedy and what to expect in Season 2. Also: Variety Virtual TV Fest: The Nominees comedy panelists Courtney Lilly (“Black-ish”), William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”), Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”), Hannah Einbinder (“Hacks”), Paul Reiser (“The Kominsky Method”), Debbie Liebling (“Pen15”) and Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”). And the Awards Circuit Podcast roundtable dissects the competition and other unscripted categories.
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Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”) and Bowen Yan...
Emmy nominee Kate Winslet on playing a non-nonsense police detective in HBO’s critically acclaimed “Mare of Easttown,” and how the show managed to pull off a satisfying ending. Also: “Saturday Night Live” breakout Bowen Yang on his interesting year, including playing a now-infamous Titanic iceberg. And the Variety Awards Circuit Roundtable discusses the Emmy drama category, and dissects the “Jeopardy” drama.
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Maya Rudolph and Nick Kroll (“Big Mouth”) and S...
Netflix’s “Big Mouth” co-creator and star Nick Kroll and “Big Mouth”/”Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph meet up and conduct a wild interview that goes from Season 4 of “Big Mouth” and what’s next for the show (including the spinoff “Human Resources”) to the really big sandwich that Kroll is eating. Also in this episode: Auntie Sima from the addictive, Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Indian Matchmaking.”
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Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and H...
Emmy-nominated "The Handmaid's Tale" star Yvonne Strahovski discusses this past season of the series and what its shocking finale might mean for her character. Also, we chat with Hannah Einbinder, who stars opposite Jean Smart in HBO Max's Emmy-nominated comedy "Hacks." But first, on the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast Roundtable, we discuss COVID contingencies, whether streamers are moving more to weekly episode drops, and if "Ted Lasso" can be beat in the comedy series Emmy race.
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