Austin Chronicle Screens Editor,
Austin Asian American Film Festival
Director of Programming,
91st Academy Awards Roundtable Discussion
The 91st Academy Awards will air 7 p.m. Feb. 24 on ABC, with Best Picture nominees Roma and The Favorite leading the race for Oscar gold with 10 nominations each. This year’s Oscars remains shrouded in controversy, with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences opting to go without a host after Kevin Hart’s departure over old anti-LGBTQ tweets and choosing to and then walking back its decision to present four categories—Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling—during commercial breaks in a bid to shorten the notoriously overlong telecast. The Austin Chronicle’s Richard Whittaker and the Austin Asian American Film Festival’s director of programming Jenny Nulf—also a freelance film writer for the Austin Chronicle—joined Lights Camera Austin on Feb. 14 to predict this year’s winners, share their preferences, discuss the biggest snubs, dissect the drama surrounding this year’s Oscars, and take the Academy to task for mostly failing to recognize the work of women directors. Note: This roundtable discussion was recorded before the Academy announced Feb. 15 it would indeed present four categories—Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling—during the live telecast.
Aired: Feb. 11, 2019