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.

TV & Film
The Feud That Will Help You Survive Your Post-O...
With Oscar voting in full swing, we discuss the results of the BAFTA awards and make a few last-minute pleas to voters. Then we get an advance look at the TV addiction of the spring, Ryan Murphy’s Feud.
29 min
La La Land Is Poised to Make Oscar History
After winning a Directors Guild Award over the weekend, La La Land director Damien Chazelle seems ready to become the youngest best director Oscar winner in history. Can anything stop him?
29 min
What Happens When Awards Season and Politics Co...
With Hollywood fired up and angrier than ever in the early days of the Trump administration, what does the next month of red carpets have in store? Plus, our interview with the filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated short documentary The White Helmets.
41 min
Inside the 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue
The annual tradition of gathering Hollywood’s best and brightest has continued with this year’s Hollywood Issue, and Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins to give us a look behind the scenes of the biggest photo shoot of the year.
34 min
BONUS EPISODE: What We Learned from the Oscar N...
The gang gathers from three different time zones to hash out this year’s Oscar nominations, including the snubs (Amy Adams!), the surprises (Michael Shannon!), and the truly inexplicable (Oscar nominee Suicide Squad!).
25 min
What's Already Different About This Year's Oscars
A look ahead at next week's Oscar nominations announcement, plus an interview with Captain Fantastic writer/director Matt Ross.
41 min
How Andrew Garfield Learned to Stop Looking for...
The star of Hacksaw Ridge and Silence addresses his viral Golden Globes moment, how he learned to handle fame, and what he learned about self-loathing from Mike Nichols. Plus a look at the Golden Globes winners and the latest in Oscar buzz.
44 min
What to Expect at the Golden Globes
With the first major televised awards show of the season coming, we predict the upsets and the viral moments, plus a look at the box office hits that emerged over the holiday.
30 min
The Best Movies of 2016
We discuss Richard Lawson’s top 10 list and our own picks for the best films of the year—plus one can’t-miss TV show.
37 min
How Hollywood Will Spend Its Christmas Vacation
As the industry shuts down for a holiday break and digs into their piles of screeners, we predict where the season’s buzz is headed—and which films will benefit most from the awards nominations thus far.
29 min
Understanding the Golden Globes and SAG Nominat...
Why Octavia Spencer is suddenly in the club but Annette Bening might not be. Plus, there's a new Star Wars movie!
31 min
The Big Oscar Season Problem No One Is Talking ...
New critics’ awards and the upcoming Golden Globes give us lots of Oscar buzz to discuss. But first, we address the situation with Casey Affleck, whose best actor campaign doesn’t seem hampered by sexual assault allegations...but should it be?
35 min
How to Understand Critic’s Awards
With a slew of critic’s groups and other groups handing out the first awards of the year, we take a look at what it all means, which titles have emerged on top, and how the box office might make more of a difference than anything else.
31 min
Yes, Viola Davis Is Going to Win an Oscar
As voting deadlines for various critic’s groups loom, a number of movies have finally revealed themselves, most notably Fences—a slam-dunk Oscar win for Viola Davis, and a possible coronation of Denzel Washington as an actor-turned-director genius.
38 min
How Will Donald Trump Affect the Oscar Race?
In the wake of the unexpected conclusion to the presidential election, we debate how Hollywood will react. Plus, updates on the state of the Harry Potter franchise and Manchester by the Sea, and a dispatch from Rebecca Keegan about the Governor’s Awards.
40 min
Get Ready for Lin-Manuel Miranda to Dominate Os...
This week we check in on new buzz surrounding Fences and the AFI Film Festival, then chalk up the awards chances of Netflix’s ultra-lavish new series The Crown. Finally, we accept the inevitable: Lin-Manuel Miranda is totally going to win an Oscar.
33 min
The Oscar Campaign So Crazy It Just Might Work
This week we catch up on lots of small developments in awards season, from the quixotic campaign for Sausage Party to the release of Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. We also share Richard’s interview with French actress Isabelle Huppert, star of Elle.
33 min
How to Get Away With Category Fraud
With Viola Davis running as a supporting actress for Fences, we discuss the perennial problem of category fraud. We also share our interview with Kelly Reichardt, director of Certain Women, and make bold predictions for the best original screenplay Oscar.
37 min
Why It Might Be Hard to Get Oscar Nominations F...
Moonlight features stellar performances from everyone in its cast, but its unique structure makes it particularly challenging in the context of an Oscar campaign. We discuss the film that has us all swooning, and talk to Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins
43 min
Inside the Strongest Best Actress Race in Years
Looking at the performances from Emma Stone, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, and more that have everybody buzzing. Plus a post-mortem on The Birth of a Nation’s box-office failure and some bold predictions about the best supporting actress race.
31 min
Molly Shannon Is Ready to Make You Cry
The star of the indie drama Other People talks about how she's been playing dramatic characters even since her SNL days--whether or not people noticed. Plus discussion of the new HBO drama Westworld and the state of the best supporting actor race.
38 min
Will Denzel Washington Win Oscar Number Three?
The ‘Fences’ trailer has us pretty excited, and we’re still asking questions about ‘Birth of a Nation.’
40 min
Did the 2016 Emmys Spell Trouble for Trump?
Well, the diversity of winners was certainly heartening to see. Mike, Richard, and Joanna assess the awards, and share stories from the party circuit. Plus: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s new trailer!
38 min
Who Will Win at the Emmys This Weekend?
With TV's big night around the corner, Richard and Joanna handicap the big races. Plus: can La La Land's Toronto momentum last till Oscar night?
38 min
Did Next Year’s Best Picture Premiere at Tellur...
Maybe! Richard recounts his adventures in the mountains, where La La Land and Moonlight cast a spell. Plus: an interview with Emmy nominee Judith Light.
35 min
Why Do Actors Keep Falling in Love on This Guy’...
A conversation with The Light Between Oceans director Derek Cianfrance, and a discussion about an under-the-radar Oscar hopeful.
62 min
Should Oscar Voters Worry About Nate Parker’s P...
The director of The Birth of a Nation was acquitted on rape charges in 2001, but the controversy is just beginning.
44 min
The Big Breakouts of 2016 So Far
Discussing Logan Lerman, Anya Taylor Joy, and Kate McKinnon's banner year. Plus: could Sausage Party get an Oscar nomination?
42 min
The Most Shocking Performance of the Year?
Discussing Isabelle Huppert's intense performance in the Oscar-y French film ELLE. Also: a rave for Pete's Dragon and a look at the New York Film Festival lineup.
45 min
Can We Like Woody Allen Movies Anymore?
A discussion of Suicide Squad naturally leads to Woody Allen and his Café Society in this week’s Little Gold Men.
32 min
Oscar Season Has (Almost) Officially Begun
Looking back at ComicCon, and ahead to the Toronto Film Festival.
47 min
The TV Sensation of the Summer?
Emmys snubs and surprises, a spoiler-y chat about Ghostbusters, and a look at the 1983 best picture Oscar race.
46 min
The Most Hated, Most Beloved Movie of the Year
Debating the merits of "Ghostbusters" and its legion of “ghostbro” haters, and much much more.
43 min
Would a More Diverse Academy Have Given That Os...
As AMPAS addresses its diversity problem by inducting a huge new class of voters, Mike Hogan and Richard Lawson get the inside scoop from L.A. Times reporter Rebecca Keegan
38 min
Summer Movie Season’s Surprise Hit
This week we have a tale of two summer movies: Independence Day: Resurgence (a sequel that nobody asked for), and The Lobster.
38 min
Will Every Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eventuall...
Cameron Crowe has had a rough go of it since winning the best original screenplay Oscar for Almost Famous, but Showtime’s Roadies could serve as something of a comeback. Maybe.
43 min
What the Oscars Should Learn From the Tonys
Plus: discussion of Meryl Streep’s would-be summer hit Florence Foster Jenkins.
46 min
The 50 Movies That Should Have Changed Hollywoo...
We’re joined by Slate’s Aisha Harris, co-author of The Black Film Canon, a piece that highlights the 50 best films by black directors.
40 min
The Oscar Winner Butterfly Effect
With a special guest appearance from's Joe Reid, we look back at Oscar history to watch what would happen if, say, you took Kathy Bates's Oscar and gave it to Julia Roberts.
40 min
What Everyone Got Mad About at Cannes
When the Cannes Film Festival awards were announced on Sunday they were met with boos in the press room. But why?
44 min
Inside the Cannes Film Festival
Richard phones in from Cannes to fill Katey and Mike in on the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival
34 min
Game of Thrones Is Great, But What About Its Ac...
With Mike and Richard both en route to the Cannes Film Festival, Katey enlists’s Hollywood writer, and podcast expert, Joanna Robinson as co-host.
49 min
Rob Reiner Has a Plan to Save the Oscars—and th...
The acclaimed director of A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, and now Being Charlie weighs in on modern politics, as well as what went into making his most personal film.
36 min
How Jason Bateman Has Kept Up a 3-Decade Hollyw...
The actor and director of the new indie The Family Fang joins us to talk about his newfound directing career.
44 min
What Will Be This Year's Mad Max? Or Carol? We ...
We're joined by Indiewire's film editor Kate Erbland to run down this year's TriBeCa Film Festival.
56 min
The Best Movies of the Year So Far Are . . .
We’re a quarter of the way through 2016, and are there any good movies out there at all?
54 min
Where Are All the Good Scripts in Hollywood? Th...
This week we welcome special guest Franklin Leonard, the founder and CEO of The Blacklist
36 min
The Best Movie of 2016 So Far Is Not a Movie
Giving in to what we’ve actually been obsessed with since the Oscars, we dive into The People v. O.J. Simpson.
38 min
The 1996 Oscars, 20 Years Later
Joined by Christine Lahti, who won an Oscar in 1996, we look back at the ceremony that happened 20 years ago.
37 min
Who Is Crazy Enough To Make 2017 Oscar Predicti...
The Oscars may be over, but the seeds of Oscar season are sown well before anybody actually starts campaigning.
33 min
Explaining the Oscars
Oscar night is over, so how did it all happen, and why?
26 min
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
In this special pre-Oscars episode, we're joined by Vanity Fair's executive director of public relations Beth Kseniak to share stories from inside Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party.
38 min
Why an Oscar Can Be Worth $50 Million
With Oscar night just days away, we welcome Deadline Hollywood’s awards expert Pete Hammond to talk about the real nitty gritty of the awards race.
50 min
Meet the Woman Who Tells Leonardo DiCaprio Who ...
This week we’re joined by the New York legend and awards season powerhouse Peggy Siegal.
33 min
Being an Oscar Nominee Isn’t as Hard as Climbin...
Room’s best director nominee Lenny Abrahamson joins us with a dispatch from the thick of awards season.
45 min
Whoopi Goldberg and Tom McCarthy Share Secrets ...
Interviews with four-time Oscars host and Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, plus Oscar-nominated director of "Spotlight" Tom McCarthy
59 min
How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity...
In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the Academy's bold new rule changes to try to correct the problem, we talk about Hollywood's overall diversity dilemma, with some input from Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, and John Legend.
44 min
Why Nobody Really Knows What Will Win Best Picture
With the Oscar nominations now behind us, we take a look at the closest best picture race in recent memory, and bring back Decider's Joe Reid to talk about This Had Oscar Buzz, the 2015 class.
44 min
Explaining the Oscar Nominations
We react to the 2016 Oscar nominations with surprise, resignation, and in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, awe that it happened at all. Plus: a conversation with Domhnall Gleeson.
71 min
The Golden Globes After-Party
While Hollywood recovers from its hangovers, we gather for a special Little Gold Men episode to digest the Golden Globes— the winners, the losers, the many surprises, and the standing ovations that tell us a lot about Oscar season.  
24 min
How Star Wars Changed Ridley Scott’s Life
As New York floods with awards hopefuls getting in face time before Oscar voting closes, we have two great interviews to share: first with Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard, the director and writer, respectively, of The Martian, and then with Sarah...
60 min
Why Is It So Hard to Pick the Best Movies of 2015?
For the final episode of the year, we look back at the year in film and the wacky Oscar race that has resulted. Plus, a conversation with Elizabeth Banks, star of Love and Mercy and the final Hunger Games movie as well as director of Pitch...
37 min
How to Use Ryan Gosling in an Ugly Wig to Expla...
Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and a fellow podcaster, joins us to talk about the sense of anger— but also humor— that led him to make the financial crisis film The Big Short, and why he absolutely had to bring in Anthony...
38 min
Can Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crash the Osca...
We’ve finally seen the new Star Wars film, so we discuss (with minimal spoilers!) whether it lived up to the hype, and what its Oscar potential might be. From there we talk to Jennifer Jason Leigh, a Golden Globe nominee for her role in...
31 min
How to Make Sense of the Golden Globe Nominations
After a crazy week of awards nominations, top ten lists, and everyone complaining about “snubs,” we sort through the SAG and Golden Globe Nominations and the critical buzz to figure what’s really happening with awards season now....
33 min
How Leonardo DiCaprio Will Finally Win an Oscar
We’ve finally seen The Revenant, so we dig into the awards potential of the grim, long Western that should finally get DiCaprio his little gold man. From there we look back at our favorite Oscar wins of the recent past, and then forward to the...
35 min
Did the Oscars Really Begin as a Publicity Scam?
Special guest Karina Longworth, host of the Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This, joins us to explain how producer David O. Selznick bucked Hollywood tradition to put his weight behind future Oscar behemoth Gone With the Wind. We also...
34 min
And the Year’s Best Oscar Campaign Is . . . 
Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins us to give a real insider’s look at the year’s Oscar campaigns so far, and make a bold prediction about the Best Picture hopes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And speaking...
26 min
When Oscar Buzz Goes Sour
Special guest Joe Reid joins us to talk about his Tumblr This Had Oscar Buzz and look back at movies that didn’t quite make it into the annual derby. Plus we discuss your choices for under-appreciated Oscar contenders of years past, ponder the...
29 min
Jason Segel Still Gets Starstruck at the Oscars
Our special guest Jason Segel, who plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, tells us what was scary about taking on the role, what it was like to attend the Oscars with The Muppets, and how the help of friends like Paul Rudd has raised the...
36 min
So, Is Johnny Depp Finally Going to Win that Os...
The Oscars may not be until February, but awards season has already kicked off. In the first episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men, Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Richard Lawson discuss the two buzziest titles from the Toronto Film Festival,...
28 min