813: The Oscars | Skeptical Sunday
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What makes the annual pageantry of The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) so alluring to millions of everyday folks? Are we transfixed by the film industry's recognition of its worthiest, or are we just voyeurs glimpsing a glamorous world a scant few of us will ever experience? Award-winning journalist and podcaster Andrew Gold joins us for this Skeptical Sunday to demystify the mystique and break the spell behind one of the world’s most celebrated events. (And don't worry, David C. Smalley fans! David will return soon for future installments of Skeptical Sunday!)
On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:
- Who decides who's worthy of winning an Oscar?
- How does someone become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?
- Were Will Smith and Chris Rock paid big money to stage that infamous slap in 2022?
- Why is the number of people tuning in to the annual ceremony dwindling compared to its heyday?
- Why would anyone object to shortening the length of the ceremony to suit the attention span of a modern audience?
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