Eye on the Prize
Hosts: Justin Zarian, Ian Butcher, Shakyl Lambert & JC DeLeon
Eye on the Prize is a limited run podcast series led by Justin Zarian focused on tracking the film award season. Working with dedicated co-hosts like Ian Butcher, J.C. DeLeon and Shakyl Lambert, the team keeps tabs on the week-to-week leaders and losers culminating to the Academy Awards. They also give retrospectives on prior Oscar races, including memorable moments and their favorite winners or nominees.
The Prizefighters are back for a preview episode as the award season comes closer and closer. Justin Zarian and Shakyl Lambert take a look at the Los Angeles Online Film Critics list of their nominees for best movies from the first half of the year to see if anything has a chance of making it to the end of the year. They then lend their own thoughts on who deserves recognition from the first half and then their most anticipated Oscar season films coming this year.
They also got a new title theme, once again composed by Justin’s good friend Lorenzo Giusti. Check out more of his work on his Soundcloud page here.
The Prizefighters bring season one to a close by discussing the Oscar winners, best moments from Sunday’s ceremony and anything else that comes to mind. We also wish to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has listened to our coverage of the 2017 season and we cannot wait to return as this year’s Oscar race picks back up!
March 4th is upon us! We will soon find out who will take home statues at this year’s Oscars, so it’s time to make predictions and place bets. Justin, Shakyl, and J.C. make educated guesses on who they think will win (with Ian’s to follow in a comment post), along with doing one more retrospective covering the best director and picture winners of the last decade. Oh and there’s a bit about Justin and Shakyl talking about their Black Panther theater experiences that is pretty amusing.
NOTE: For some reason, my Audacity would occasionally cut out bits of my audio if someone started talking while I talked (which I suppose is fair for all the times I’ve interrupted people). I’ve tried to smooth out the most egregious errors throughout the podcast, but you may hear a few audio hiccups now and then.
The Prizefighters return after a week hiatus with an extra length episode and the return of J.C. DeLeon. Listen as he teams up with Justin and Shakyl to discuss their week, analyze the nominated music from this year’s Oscars (scores and songs) and discuss their picks for the best screenplays of the last decade.
The Prizefighters have gathered to cover the event they’ve been eagerly anticipating: the Academy Awards nominations. There will be a thorough discussion of that, detours into their favorite best actor and actress winners, a dissing on the Razzies and other bits of sleep deprived silliness we won’t spoil. Comment on the page to talk about your favorite nominees or biggest omissions.
The Oscar nominations are coming tomorrow and it’s time to lock in our final predictions. Shak and Justin hold the fort as they share their picks (along with picks sent by Ian and J.C.), discuss recent films they saw and generally get prepared for “Oscar Bowl 2018,” as Shak puts it.
The prizefighters are back with a truckload of awards talk. Justin Zarian, Ian Butcher and Shakyl Lambert take a deep dive to talk about the Golden Globe winners, major guild nominees and their favorites from the Oscars’ music categories (with bite-size pieces from the mentioned tracks). There’s also a notable amount of talk over The Book of Henry as Shak and Ian rant about one of the very worst movies of the year.
And since the Oscar nominations are coming very soon and we will do our final predictions next episode, we’d love to hear your ideas for who will make the list. Will The Shape of Water lead in total nominations? Is Get Out the best picture of the year? Are people criminally snubbing Blade Runner 2049 for major categories? The answer to that last one is yes, but feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments.
The team is reunited and it feels so good. Justin Zarian, Ian Butcher and Shakyl Lambert battle sleepiness and a cold to give you predictions for this Sunday’s Golden Globe ceremony, some of the guild nominations, some news and their picks for the best of cinematography, production design and visual effect winners from the last decade.
Justin Zarian and Shakyl Lambert hold down the fort this week while Ian is busy being a responsible adult with a job. The two of them discuss films Justin has actually watched this week (I know, a first), a straggler from the critic group awards and official Academy shortlists for several categories. Much nerd talk and foolishness ensues!
The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominees, helping to give this largely formless competition some shape as front runners start emerging. Justin Zarian, Ian Butcher and Shakyl Lambert return once again to discuss how these and other major contenders affect the race. They also discuss the recent Oscar shortlists, recent activities in their lives and their favorite winners and nominees from the supporting performance categories.
A bunch of precursor awards and nominations have been announced since the last recording, so it’s time for the Eye on the Prize team to adjust their Oscar barometers. Join Justin Zarian, Ian Butcher and our newest co-host Shakyl Lambert as we discuss our week, recent Oscar news, the first round of major critic awards and our personal favorite wins for Best Actor and Actress in the last decade. We had a blast recording this week, so we hope you enjoy it.