Eye On the Prize – Ep 1: Humble Beginnings | One of Us

Eye On the Prize – Ep 1: Humble Beginnings

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Oscar season is upon us and we have launched a new podcast to keep you up to date on who is on track to take home the gold. This is Eye on the Prize with Justin Zarian, a limited run podcast for cinephiles who want to do fantasy football without that whole sports thing. This week is a bit of a softball to find the show’s footing, but Ian Butcher and J.C. DeLeon are along for the ride as we discuss our background with the Oscars, recent precursor award shows like the Indie Spirit Awards, some of our dream nominations and other fun tidbits. So sit back and enjoy this incredibly nerdy discussion on Hollywood’s most prestigious time of year.

NOTE: There were a few audio issues with this first recording. I (Justin Zarian) have done some extensive editing to iron some of the kinks out, but we hope to have everything resolved for the next episode. I also need to remember not to put the microphone so close to the keyboard…​

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Ric John Manalastas

    This was a good start for this limited podcast series. This 3-man cast is pretty good together and have insight and unique views on the award season. My favorite Oscar moment was, like a majority of your moments, was from 2006 where Three 6 Mafia performed “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and after that won the Best Original Song Oscar, and they were so enthusiastic and energetic when they gave their speech. I’m surprised you didn’t talk about Ingrid Goes West during your Indie Spirit Award talk, it got noms for both Best First Feature and First Screenplay, and both Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen gave stellar performances that weren’t nominated.

    For my dream nominations for this year’s Oscars:
    John Wick: Chapter 2 for Best Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing
    A Silent Voice for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (Aiko’s “Koi wo Shita no wa”)
    Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale for Best Original Song (Either Sayaka Kanda’s five beautiful pieces or LiSA’s “Catch the Moment”) Just to see how much buzz it would generate from SAO detractors!

  • Seth Moore

    I love this podcast, and this topic. Always loved the award season, watching the shows and seeing the nominations is always exciting. I try to see every film nominated since high school, which was early 2000’s. Also for some of the previous years a group of my friends and family like to play a sort of mock-up award show game, where we watch every best pic nomination then vote on which we would of picked to be the winner, and compare to who actually won the Oscar that year. Really fun

  • Michael Vanderpoel

    Even though I haven’t watched the Oscars in years, I still really enjoyed this.
    You guys talked about a lack of stand out cinematography and I’d like to point out A Cure for Wellness. Say what you want about the movie but it looked amazing.
    For Robert Pattinson I think you guys should check out 2014’s The Rover. He was fantastic in that.

    Gil Birmingham for best supporting in Wind River
    I’d really like to see Kong get some technical love.
    And James McAvoy for Split.