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The Way Too Early Oscar Predictions Podcast: The Shorts

You can listen to The Way Too Early Oscar Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Google Podcasts.

Don’t forget to check out our other podcast: And The Winner Still Is… a retrospective Oscar podcast hosted by Marisa Carpico (Film Editor at ThePopBreak.com) and Matt Taylor.

Season 5 of The Way Too Early Oscar Podcast is under way! Pop Break film editor (and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Critic) Marisa Carpico and Pop Break senior writer Matt Taylor return to discuss all the potential 2023 Oscar hopefuls.

This episode Matt and Marisa continue their category predictions with a perennial favorite — the shorts. Once again, they were able to view all of this year’s nominees thanks to the lovely people over at ShortsTV. You can catch their presentation of the shorts categories in select theaters starting this weekend.

To learn more about the participating theaters and how to purchase tickets, please visit: www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts.

“This is the year for short films,” said ShortsTV CEO and Founder Carter Pilcher. “In a world that is shifting rapidly to a creator economy of short-form storytellers, these fifteen filmmakers are the pinnacle of talent. Nominees include some of the biggest names in global film, like Alfonso Cuarón, to some of the best-known storytellers, like Charlie Mackesy. The Oscars celebrate great filmmaking and the Oscar Shorts are some of the year’s best films in any category. They break new ground, tell stories with brilliant flashes of imagination and elevate the art of storytelling in new ways. We are thrilled to bring the Oscars’ best films once again to the big screen for audiences across the country.”

The nominees this year are:

Best Live Action Short

An Irish Goodbye


Le Pupille

Night Ride

The Red Suitcase

Best Animated Short Film

The Boy

The Flying Sailor

Ice Merchants

My Year of Dicks

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

Best Documentary Short Film 

The Elephant Whisperers


How Do You Measure a Year?

The Martha Mitchell Effect

Stranger at the Gate

Don’t Forget Previous Episodes!

Predicting Production Design & Best Animated Feature: In this episode Matt and Marisa continue their annual tradition of breaking down every category with a double header. First, it’s Best Production Design — they discuss Babylon’s hedonism, Elvis’s maximalism, and Marisa fixates on the proverbial clay pots of Avatar: The Way of Water. Then they discuss Best Animated Feature — they lament having to watch yet another Pinocchio adaptation, they praise the sweetness of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and wonder if The Sea Beast was created by AI.

Predicting Best Sound & Visual Effects for 2023: Matt and Marisa kick off their annual tradition of breaking down every category with a technical category double header. They ponder over All Quiet on the Western Front’s multiple nominations, gush over Top Gun: Maverick, and once again express their love for The Batman.

The 2023 Oscar Nominations Reaction: The noms are in and Matt & Marisa are discussing the surprises, the snubs and the lightning fast campaign of Andrea Riseborough.

The Returns of the Golden Globes, SAG Nominations & More: Marisa and Matt discuss the utterly baffling return of the Golden Globe Awards, what the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards mean for the Oscars nominations, plus they catch up on a number of films including Avatar: The Way of Water.

The 2022 Oscar Season Opener (Season 5 Premiere): In the episode Matt and Marisa discuss: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Jordan Peele’s Nope, the remake of All Quiet on the Western Front, Cate Blanchett’s turn in Tàr, Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, the Palm D’Ore winning film Triangle of Sadness, The Woman King starring Viola Davis, and the mega popular Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh.

Marisa Carpico
Marisa Carpico
By day, Marisa Carpico stresses over America’s election system. By night, she becomes a pop culture obsessive. Whether it’s movies, TV or music, she watches and listens to it all so you don’t have to.


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