The podcast where we watch every Academy Award Best Picture winner in no particular order
All our past episodes are here. And here’s a summary of how our opinions compare to the Academy’s.
BP039 The French Connection (1971)
Released 17 July 2019
For this episode, we watched The French Connection, written by Ernest Tidyman (won) from the novel by Robin Moore and directed by William Friedkin (won). It starred Gene Hackman (won Best Actor), Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider (won Best Supporting Actor, Tony Lo Bianco and Marcel Bozzuffi with music by Don Ellis, cinematography by Owen Rolzman (nominated) and editing by Gerald B Greenberg (won). It was also nominated for its Sound.
BP038 Chicago (2002)
Released 3 July 2019
For this episode, we watched Chicago, written by Bill Condon, from the musical play by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb, and the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It was directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall and starred Renée Zellweger (nominated), Catherine Zeta-Jones (won), Richard Gere, John C Reilly (nominated) and Queen Latifah (nominated). It also won for its Art Direction, Costume Design, Editing and Sound. Kander and Ebb’s new song “I Move On” was nominated but lost to “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mil
BP037 The Lost Weekend (1945)
Released 19 June 2019
For this episode, we watched The Lost Weekend, written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, directed by Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film won Oscars for its screenplay (adapted from the novel by Charles Jackson), Best Director for Wilder and Best Actor for Milland. It also won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
BP036 Chariots of Fire (1981) - with special guest Deborah Frances-White
Released 5 June 2019
For this episode, we watched Chariots of Fire, written by Colin Welland (won), directed by Hugh Hudson (nominated) and produced by David Puttnam. It starred Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige and Ian Holm (nominated), with music by Vangelis (won) and cinematography by David Watkin. It also won for its costume design.
BP035 Platoon (1986)
Released 22 May 2019
For this episode, we watched Platoon, written and directed by Oliver Stone (who was nominated in both capacities and won for his direction), starring Tom Berenger (nominated), Willem Dafoe (nominated) and Charlie Sheen. It also won for its sound and its editing.
BP034 Forrest Gump (1994) with special guest Joy Wilkinson
Released 8 May 2019
For this episode, we watched Forrest Gump, written by Eric Roth, from the novel by Winston Groom. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, and both won Oscars for their work. The film also picked up awards for Tom Hanks in the leading role, its Editing and its Visual Effects. The cast includes Gary Sinise (nominated), Robin Wright, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field.
BP033 Dances with Wolves (1990)
Released 24 April 2019
For this episode, we watched Dances with Wolves, written by Michael Blake (won), from his novel. Kevin Costner starred and won for his directing as well as for Best Picture with Jim Wilson. The film also won for its Score (John Barry), Sound, Editing and Cinematography.
BP032 A Man for All Seasons (1966) with special guest Garrett Millerick
Released 10 April 2019
For this episode, we watched A Man for All Seasons, written by Robert Bolt (won), from his stage play. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann (won) and starred Paul Schofield (won), Wendy Hiller (nominated), Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw (nominated) and Susannah York. It also won for its cinematography and costume design.
BP031 Unforgiven (1992)
Released 3 April 2019
For this episode, we watched Unforgiven, written by David Webb Peoples, and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred alongside Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four: Best Director for Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Hackman and Best Film Editing, as well as Best Picture.
BP030 The English Patient (1996)
Released 20 March 2019
For this episode, we watched The English Patient, written and directed by Anthony Minghella and based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje. It won a staggering nine Academy Awards, including for Minghella as director, and for Juliet Binoche as Best Actress. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes (nominated), Kristin Scott Thomas (nominated), William Dafoe, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth and Julian Wadham.
BP029 Gone with the Wind (1939)
Released 6 March 2019
For this episode, we watched Gone with the Wind, written by Sidney Howard (won), from the novel by Margaret Mitchell and directed by Victor Fleming (won). It starred Clark Gable (nominated), Vivien Leigh (won), Leslie Howard, Olivia de Haviland (nominated) and Hattie McDaniel (won). It also collected Oscars for its cinematography, editing and art direction.
BP028 Casablanca (1943) with special guest Deborah Frances-White
Released 13 February 2019
For this episode, we watched Casablanca, live at the Cinema Museum in London. The screenplay was credited to Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch, and it was directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the unproduced play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. It starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Madeleine Lebeau. As well as Best Picture, it won for its screenplay and direction.
BP027 The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Released 30 January 2019
For this episode, we watched The Great Ziegfeld, written by William Anthony Maguire, directed by Robert Z Leonard and starring William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan and – eventually – Myrna Loy. As well as Best Picture, it was one of only three films to win Best Dance Direction (Seymour Felix), and Luise Rainer won the first of her two consecutive Best Actress awards.
BP026 All About Eve (1950) with special guest Yasmine Akram
Released 16 January 2019
For this episode, we watched All About Eve, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, with cinematography by Milton R Krasner, music by Alfred Newman and starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe and Thelma Ritter.
BP025 The Broadway Melody (1929)
Released 2 January 2019
For this episode, we watched The Broadway Melody, written by Edmund Goulding, Sarah Y. Mason, Norman Houston and James Gleason with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, and Willard Robison. The director was Harry Beaumont (nominated) and the film stars Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love (nominated) and Jed Prouty.
BP024 Cimarron (1931)
Released 19 December 2018
For this episode, we watched Cimmaron, written by Howard Estabrook and Louis Sarecky based on the novel by Edna Ferber. It was directed by Wesley Ruggles with music by Max Steiner. The stars were Richard Dix, Irene Dunne and Estelle Taylor. The film earned seven Academy Award nominations and won thr
BP023 On the Waterfront (1954)
Released 5 December 2018
For this episode, we watched On the Waterfront, written by Budd Schulberg (from the series of articles “Crime on the Waterfront” by Malcolm Johnson) and directed by Elia Kazan. The stars were Marlon Brando (Best Actor), Eva Marie Saint (Best Supporting Actress), Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiger, Karl Malden with music by Leonard Bernstein and cinematography by Boris Kaufman. The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, including five acting awards and it won eight, including for its direction and screenp
BP022 The Godfather (1972)
Released 22 November 2018
For this episode, we watched The Godfather, written by Francis Ford Coppola and Maria Puzo, from the novel by Puzo; directed by Coppola; music by Nino Rota; cinematography by Gordon Willis. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duval, John Cazale and Diane Keaton.
BP021 Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
Released 7 November 2018
For this episode, we watched Kramer vs Kramer, written by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry and Jane Alexander. As well as Best Picture, it also won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Leading Actor for Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress for Streep.
BP020 It Happened One Night (1934) - with special guest Nat Luurtsema
Released 24 October 2018
For this episode, we watched It Happened One Night, written by Robert Riskin and Samuel Hopkins Adams and directed by Frank Capra. The stars were Clark Cable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns and Jameson Thomas.
BP019 The Sound of Music (1965)
Released 10 October 2018
For this episode, we watched The Sound of Music, written by Ernest Lehmann from the stage play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on The Story of the Trapp Family by Maria von Trapp. Songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Robert Wise. The film stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and it won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Music.
BP018 Annie Hall (1977)
Released 26 September 2018
For this episode, we watched Annie Hall, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman and directed by Allen, who also starred alongside Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane and Paul Simon. The film won four Academy Awards including Best Actress for Diane Keaton and Best Screenplay for Allen and Brickman.
BP017 Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) - with special guest David K Barnes
Released 12 September 2018
For this episode, we watched Around the World in Eighty Days, written by James Poe, John Farrow and S J Perelman, based on the novel by Jules Verne. It was directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Mike Todd. Stars were David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton and Shirley MacLaine with countless cameos besides.
BP016 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Released 29 August 2018
For this episode, we watched In the Heat of the Night, written by Stirling Silliphant, based on the the novel by John Ball. It was directed by Norman Jewison, produced by Walter Mirisch and edited by Hal Ashby, with music by Quincy Jones and cinematography by Haskell Wexler. It starred Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant and Larry Gates.
BP015 Patton (1970)
Released 15 August 2018
For this episode, we watched Patton, written by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, based on the 1954 novel Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and the 1961 novel A Soldier's Story by Omar N. Bradley. The director was Franklin J. Schaffner, the producer was Frank McCarthy and the film starred George C Scott with Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Edward Binns.
BP014 Grand Hotel (1932)
Released 1 August 2018
For this episode, we watched Grand Hotel, written by William A. Drake from his play, adapted from the German production Menschen im Hotel, written by Vicki Baum. The director was Edmund Goulding, the producer was Irving Thalberg and the all-star cast included Greta Garbo (who wants to be alone), John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt.
BP013 Schindler's List (1993) - with special guest Julian Simpson
Released 18 July 2018
For this episode, we watched Schindler’s List, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, and directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall and Embeth Davidtz.
BP012 Crash (2005)
Released 4 July 2018
For this episode, we watched Crash, written by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco and directed by Haggis. It starred Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrance Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe and Larenz Tate.
BP010 West Side Story (1961)
Released 6 June 2018
For this episode, we watched West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Ernest Lehmann from the stage musical produced by Hal Prince, directed by Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The cast includes Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn.
BP009 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Released 23 May 2018
For this episode, we watched Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean and written by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson, with cinematography by Freddie Young and music by Maurice Jarre. It stars Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer and Omar Shariff.
BP007 The Departed (2006)
Released 25 April 2018
For this episode, we watched The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, based on Infernal Affairs, written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, directed by Mak and Andrew Lau. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone and Vera Farmiga.
BP006 Ben Hur (1959)
Released 11 April 2018
For this episode, we watched Ben-Hur, written by Karl Tunberg (and uncredited others including Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry), from the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by General Lew Wallace. It was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd and Hugh Griffith.
BP005 American Beauty (1999) - with special guest Deborah Frances-White
Released 28 March 2018
For this episode, we watched American Beauty, written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, both making their feature film debuts and both winning Academy Awards. Music was by Thomas Newman (nominated) and cinematography was by Conrad Hall (won). The cast includes Kevin Spacey (winning Best Actor), Annette Bening (nominated), Thora Birch, Alison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper.
BP004 From Here to Eternity (1953)
Released 14 March 2018
For this episode, we watched From Here to Eternity, written by Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine.
BP001.5 Oscar Nominations 2018
Released 26 January 2018
Although the podcast is only on its first movie, we couldn’t wait to get back in front of the mics and talk to you about the Oscar nominations for this year. We don’t have a movie to watch but we have all sorts of confident predictions to make.