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
Interview: Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywh...
The first-time Oscar nominee now shares that honor with both of her parents, and tells David Canfield about how much that means— and how she braced herself for the possibility it would never happen.
28 min
History's Greatest Oscar Scandals, and Why We'r...
The New Yorker staff writer and author of Oscar Wars Michael Schulman joins to discuss his book and, of course, the saga around To Leslie, which reached its conclusion this week following a brief Academy investigation. Andrea Riseborough won't lose her Oscar nomination, but Oscar campaign rules may be changing— so what should they look like going forward?
45 min
Interview: Edward Berger (All Quiet on the West...
The German director on his film's historic nine Oscar nominations, the literal slogging through the mud required to make his World War I drama, and why he cast his lead actor, Felix Kammerer, because "he doesn't look like a hero."
31 min
The Oscar Buzz Out of Sundance, and More Oscar ...
Joe Reid returns to dig into some of the most fascinating stats from this year's nominations, from John Williams's formidable record to the staggering 16 first-time acting nominees. Then Richard, Rebecca, and David check in on the buzziest titles from Sundance, some of which we might be discussing on Oscar nomination morning this time next year.
49 min
The 2023 Oscar Nominations Are Here!
Breaking down the snubs, surprises, records, and remaining mysteries of this year's nominees.
34 min
The Most Mysterious Oscar Campaign, Explained
Have you heard about To Leslie, a small film with an enormous heart? If you follow a famous actress on Twitter, you almost certainly have. So is that last-minute campaign enough to get Andrea Riseborough a best actress nomination? Plus, a look at the Critics Choice Awards and the final moments of momentum as Oscar nomination voting closes.
34 min
Interview: Niecy Nash (Monster - Dahmer: The Je...
First David Canfield speaks with the recent Critics Choice Award winner about the challenge of her role in Dahmer, and how working on Reno 911 simultaneously kept her grounded. Then, Richard Lawson catches up with Kerry Condon, who first worked with Martin McDonagh over 20 years ago and reunites with him on The Banshees of Inisherin, which has brought a level of acclaimed she never allowed herself to imagine on that beautiful Irish set.
46 min
What We Learned from the Golden Globes and the ...
A surprisingly successful Golden Globe Awards led directly into some thrilling— and baffling— SAG nominations. A look back at a very big week in awards.
43 min
Interview: Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) ...
Last spring, two directors traveled to CinemaCon in Las Vegas to convince movie theater owners that, after two years of pandemic disaster, they had made the movies that could save theaters. Turns out, they were both right. Katey Rich talks to Joseph Kosinski, who teamed up with star Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to expand the legacy of Top Gun, and Baz Luhrmann, who says it's his "lot in life" to tackle subjects that other people think are dated, or even cheesy — but every time, he sells them on it anyway.
58 min
Welcome Back to the Awards Season Rodeo
With the New York Film Critics Circle dinner on the east coast and the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards looming in Los Angeles, awards contenders are preparing for one last sprint before Oscar nominations voting opens on January 12.
28 min
Interview: Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakan...
Yohana Desta talks to the star of the second Black Panther movie, how she came to understand her character Queen Ramonda through costumes and how she and Letitita Wright stuck together in order to move on without Chadwick Boseman. Then, Katey Rich speaks to James Cameron and Russell Carpenter, the director and cinematographer who both won Oscars for Titanic and reunited for Avatar: The Way of Water, a project that was somehow even more massive.
58 min
Interview: Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki (...
In separate conversations with Julie Miller, the actors who play Prince Charles and Princess Diana discuss the challenges of season 5, what’s ahead in season 6, and the power of Prince Charles breakdancing.
47 min
Your Burning Awards Season Questions, Answered
Plus, a conversation with Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard about the past, present, and future of indie film releasing.
75 min
Interview: Taylor Russell (Bones and All) and B...
David Canfield hosts conversations with two people at the center of the awards swirl, and at very different phases in their career. First, Bones and All breakout Taylor Russell discusses joining the Luca Guadagnino cinematic family, and what drew her to the cannibal romance. Then, Living star Bill Nighy shares his surprise at that film's long journey, and what it meant to dive into a very specific period of British history and find something new.
52 min
The Winners and Losers of the Golden Globes and...
Everything Everywhere All at Once pulls way ahead, Babylon shows up surprisingly strong, and Ana de Armas can't be counted out. Plus, a look at Avatar: The Way of Water, and the awards race it has the potential to disrupt.
40 min
Interviews: Olivia Colman and Sam Mendes (Empir...
First, Katey Rich talks to the star and director of Empire of Light, inspired by the loneliness of early pandemic lockdowns and Mendes’s own mother. Then Rebecca Ford talks to the writer and director of Tár, who is happy about any fan theories about his movie— but won’t reveal how Lydia Tár got her EGOT.
55 min
A Look Ahead at the Sundance Comeback
The Sundance Film Festival, returning in person for the first time since 2020, promising a wide range of starry vehicles and potential breakthroughs. Plus, a look at the New York Film Critics Circle awards and the topsy turvy best supporting actress race.
45 min
Interview: Jeremy Pope (The Inspection) and Ria...
First, David Canfield talks to the star of The Inspection, the military drama based closely on the life of writer-director Elegance Bratton. Then, Katey Rich talks to Rian Johnson about the way he structures his ingenious mysteries Knives Out and Glass Onion — but no spoilers, we promise.
48 min
The Indie Spirits, The Gothams, and the Awards ...
Big wins for the team behind Everything Everywhere All at Once and Danielle Deadwyler at the Gotham Awards on Monday night kicked off the season of in-person awards shows with a bang. Plus, a look at the disappointing Thanksgiving box office and the release of Will Smith's Emancipation.
39 min
Interview: Zoe Kazan (She Said) and Hong Chau (...
First, Rebecca Ford talks to Zoe Kazan about the "nosy questions" she learned to ask to play Jodi Kantor in the journalism drama She Said. Then, David Canfield talks to Hong Chau about her excellent year, with a key role in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale as well as the dark thriller The Menu.
48 min
There Are So Many Great Movies in Theaters— Why...
A look at the disappointing box office for She Said and some other specialty releases, plus a guide to the title that are worth catching over the long holiday weekend. Plus, Natalie Jarvey joins to break down the Bob Iger shocker at Disney.
34 min
Interview: Paul Dano (The Fabelmans) and James ...
Two conversations with people from films that dive deep into family and memory— what could be more perfect for Thanksgiving week? First, David Canfield talks to Paul Dano, who took on the towering challenge of playing Steven Spielberg's father in The Fabelmans. Then Rebeca Ford talks to James Gray, who mined his own childhood for the 1980-set "ghost story" Armageddon Time.
52 min
Babylon Causes a Commotion
One of the final major awards players makes its debut, and may raise more questions than answers. Plus, a look at Wakanda Forever's stellar box office and the arrival of yet another intriguing limited series, Fleishman is in Trouble.
37 min
Interview: Ramin Bahrani (2nd Chance) and Brian...
First, a flashback to the onstage conversation Richard Lawson had with Ramin Bahrani at the Miami Film Festival, where he premiered his documentary 2nd Chance. Then, Richard speaks with Brian Tyree Henry, who received a Gotham Award nomination for his powerful supporting turn in the intimate drama Causeway.
40 min
Just How Many Blockbuster Best Picture Nominees...
With Wakanda Forever opening this weekend, the question remains if it can repeat Black Panther's series of Oscar feats. And with Top Gun: Maverick and maybe Avatar: The Way of Water also in the hunt, will the Oscars be ready to fully embrace blockbusters? That, plus a conversation with Hollywood: An Oral History co-author Sam Wasson.
54 min