Sound On Sight #184: History of the Academy Awards: Director Billy Wilder

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Last Tuesday morning, the Academy of Arts and Sciences released its list of nominations for the 82nd annual edition of its awards – better known as the Oscars. It’s the first time in about seven decades that its coveted Best Picture field has expanded to ten slots, thereby leaving room both for more mainstream fare like Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and typical awards fare like Sandra Bullock Rescues the Poor Black Man. We’ll be dissecting the nods in a typically thorough fashion. Accordingly, hosts Mariko and Rick were asked to choose a prior Best Picture winner to discuss on the show, and since both went with Billy Wilder flicks (1945’s The Lost Weekend and 1960’s The Apartment) , this also works as a de facto Director’s Special. Two for one!

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