Little Gold Men by Vanity Fair

Little Gold Men is the inside story of Hollywood, from awards shows and red-carpet premieres to the hard work and whisper campaigns that get people there. Weekly episodes feature obsessive, expert conversations about the best of television and film, with special guest appearances from stars, creators, and critics. LGM also dives deep into Oscar history, and offers insight into all the other awards that make up Hollywood’s continual dash toward glitz and glory.

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TV & Film
Interview: Helen Mirren (1923), Padma Lakshmi (...
Helen Mirren tells Rebecca Ford about how eager she was to take on the challenges of the Western frontier in Taylor Sheridan's historical epic. Padma Lakshmi talks to Natalie Jarvey about her decision to step away from Top Chef and what she's still eager to explore on Taste the Nation. And Bridget Everett tells David Canfield that she's particularly glad her warm. empathetic Somebody Somewhere is airing in this particular moment of peril for queer people in America.
75 min
Pride Oscar Flashback: A Daniel Day-Lewis Star ...
From the moment he arrives onscreen in Stephen Frear's 1986 film My Beautiful Laundrette, Daniel Day-Lewis is impossible to look away from. But there's even more to recommend in this culture clash comedy, which combines sharp critique of the Thatcher era with swoon-worthy gay romance. Plus, a look at the surprisingly successful writerless Tonys, the changes at the Golden Globes, and our Reunited series, running now on
48 min
Interview: Bryan Cranston (Asteroid City) and M...
Part of the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson's new film Asteroid City, and Emmy eligible for both Your Honor and a return appearance as Walter White on Better Call Saul, Cranston shares his continued sense of surprise at where his varied career has taken him. Then Molly Shannon, who plays a suddenly famous momager on the comedy The Other Two, answers the eternal question: is fame really a prison.
54 min
Pride Oscar Flashback: Kiss of the Spider-Woman...
William Hurt made history in 1985 as the first person to win a best actor Oscar for playing a gay character in Kiss of the Spider-Woman—but, as you might guess, the film's legacy has only become more complex since then. Plus, Richard Lawson and Chris Murphy join guests Esther Zuckerman and Jackson McHenry for a deep dive on the Tonys season, and fearless predictions about who will prevail at Sunday night's awards.
104 min
Interview: Dominique Fishback (Swarm) and Paul ...
When Dominique Fishback was first offered a role on the Prime Video series Swarm, she said no — and after talking to co-creator Donald Glover, she wound up with the lead instead. That's just one of many ways, she tells David Canfield, that she's betting on herself these days. And for Paul Walter Hauser, the experience of embodying a serial killer on the Apple series Black Bird stuck with him so deeply that he changed his entire life, including getting sober. He tells Rebecca Ford about the role's impact on his life, and the surreal awards season that has already followed.
50 min
Pride Oscar Flashback: Marlene Dietrich in Shan...
A look back at the 1932 best picture nominee and what might be the definitive role for the gender-bending star. Plus, some final Cannes thoughts, some solutions for the Oscars' acting category problems, and why spring TV has felt so crowded.
49 min
Interview: Celine Song (Past Lives) and Henry W...
The writer and director of Past Lives reveals how a specific moment from her life — sitting at a bar with her husband and childhood sweetheart— led to her Sundance-winning new film, out in theaters this week. Then, the Barry star digs deep on the finale —spoilers ahead! — and what he'd do with his Emmy if he had the neck strength for it.
51 min
Cannes Hits— and Head-Scratchers— to Watch Out For
Richard and Rebecca call in from Cannes to share the films they're most excited about — and, of course, which ones might be the most likely to be part of this year's Oscar race. Plus, a discussion about David's report on the push for gender-neutral acting awards, and why it's worth the fight.
57 min
Interview: Stacey Lee (The Secrets of Hillsong)...
The director of the FX documentary series reveals what surprised her when she sat down with disgraced pastor Carl Lentz and his wife, Laura. Then, the comedian and star of both Party Down and The Other Two shares the secret to a good pratfall, even in your 50s.
51 min
Everything You Need to Know About Cannes
The prestigious French film festival is underway, and if the past few years are any indication there are a handful of future Oscar contenders lying in wait. Plus, a look at the the WGA strike's impact on the Peabody and Tony Awards, and a celebration of the character actors who can only be described with two words: Always Great.
41 min
Interview: Alan Ruck (Succession) and Steven Ye...
Fresh off Connor Roy's election night disappointment, Alan Ruck reflects on four seasons of Succession and how to move on toward something new. Then, Beef star and executive producer Steven Yeun reveals on how he drew on his own childhood for his role as Danny, and what kind of future he imagines for the character in potential future seasons.
47 min
The Landmark Asian-American Musical That Never ...
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, a look back at 1961's Flower Drum Song, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that was the first major Hollywood film to star an almost entirely Asian and Asian-American cast— and the last one for decades. Plus, updates on the status of the WGA strike and a look at promising series Yellowjackets and A Small Light.
41 min
Interview: Patti LuPone (Beau is Afraid) and Ja...
Broadway icon Patti LuPone is less interested in the stage than the screen these days— and in Ari Aster's new film Beau Is Afraid, she tells Richard Lawson, she found the mammoth challenge she was looking for. And for Jason Segel, who is currently on strike alongside the rest of the WGA, it's a little tricky to talk about the Apple series he co-created, Shrinking, as he tells Rebecca Ford. But his experience on that show as an actor, including watching Harrison Ford improvise, makes for some excellent storytelling all the same.
44 min
New Oscar Rules and the Strike That Could Chang...
The writers strike has already transformed Hollywood, and VF’s Natalie Jarvey joins to explain why the changes are only beginning. Plus, a close look at the new Oscar campaigning rules in the wake of the To Leslie scandal, and the highs and lows of the Tony nominations.
47 min
Interview: Michael Shannon (George and Tammy) a...
Michael Shannon has had as varied a career as you can imagine, and with roles in the limited series George and Tammy and Waco as well as in the upcoming The Flash, he's still learning what he can do, as he tells David Canfield. Then, Betty Gilpin gets a little more spoilery about her new series Mrs. Davis, which is about a nun battling an all-powerful A.I. but also way, way more than that.
56 min
The Best Movies of 2023 So Far
Richard Lawson shares his ongoing list of the best movies of the year thus far. Plus, a look at spring breakout hits like The Diplomat and Dead Ringers, the controversy behind the scenes of Beef, a date for next year's Oscars, and more.
39 min
Interview: Lizzy Caplan (Fatal Attraction and F...
David Canfield talks to Lizzy Caplan, who had the same hesitation anyone would about telling a new version of Fatal Attraction— but relished the opportunity to find nuances in the story that weren't part of the 1987 classic. Then, Hillary Busis talks to director Kelly Fremon Craig, who adapts Judy Blume's YA classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by drawing on some of her own awkward, hilarious adolescent experiences.
56 min
The Feminist 90s Oscar Winner That Was Supposed...
You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth joins for a conversation about her new miniseries Erotic 90s and the episode on Thelma & Louise. Plus a look at the Cannes lineup, Beef's surprising hop across Emmy categories, and first looks at All the Light You Cannot See and the new season of Couples Therapy.
58 min
Interview: Riley Keough (Daisy Jones and the Six)
The actress was born into a musical legacy, but had never pursued it onscreen until Daisy Jones and the Six, which she auditioned for by singing in a voice memo alongside her husband. Keough tells Rebecca Ford about how badly she wanted to play Daisy, and the personal and health challenges that made it an even greater challenge than she'd imagined.
23 min
How Succession's Big Twist Shakes Up the Emmy Race
It may have gotten a little bit easier for at least some members of the massive Succession ensemble to position themselves for awards. Plus, a look at changes within the Golden Globe ranks and the return of Barry.
31 min
Interview: Diego Luna (Andor) and Morfydd Clark...
The globetrotting Andor star tells David Canfield he is so committed to the show, and his character, that he basically plays him twice — once in English, and once for the Latin American Spanish dub. Then, Rebecca Ford catches up with the Rings of Power star about her mysterious — and life-changing— audition to play Galadriel.
47 min
Can the Oscars Really Solve Their Social Media ...
A look at the Academy's recent changes, and which ones might lie ahead. Plus, news about the Cannes lineup, a Barbie frenzy, a look at Ari Aster's Beau Is Afraid and Ben Affleck's Air, and some talk about potential Emmy contenders Beef, Shrinking, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
43 min
Interview: Tyler James Williams (Abbott Element...
First, Rebecca Ford catches up with the star of the breakout hit ABC series, who won a Golden Globe in January for his performance but says the SAG Award he shared with his entire cast was an even bigger moment. Then, Katey Rich talks to Kelly Reichardt, who reunites with her frequent star Michelle Williams for the art-school-set comedy Showing Up.
51 min
The Burning Questions of the 2023 Emmy Season
Can anyone beat Succession? Do voters want their comedies light or dark? And just how many White Lotus actors will make it? The mysteries of the 2023 Emmy season are already worth pondering.
30 min
Interview: Teyana Taylor (A Thousand and One)
Teyana Taylor has been famous for more than half of her life, but the choreographer, singer, director, and actress always knew she was capable of even more. With A.V. Rockwell's drama A Thousand and One, which won the grand jury prize at Sundance, she got the chance to push herself further, and says she's already seen new doors opening as a result.
26 min