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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 11-24: 4th Academy Awards Show w/ Richard Roeper

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In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show, Bernard Lee has a little change of pace, as he interviews a special guest prior to the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Bernard and renowned film critic Richard Roeper, who is an avid poker player, conduct their 4th Annual Academy Awards preview show.

During the first half of the interview, Richard discusses the Actor and Actress categories, both for Lead and Supporting roles. During the second half, Richard analyzes the Best Director and Best Pictures categories. For all the six major categories, Richard predicts his picks to help any listeners who may enter any possible Academy Award pools (Note: Richard’s picks will be in bold below).

I hope you enjoy this special annual Academy Awards preview show.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be a renown film critic and avid poker player Richard Roeper.
1:04Before beginning his interview with Richard Roeper, Bernard discusses the weekly poker news. Zachary Donavan captures the WSOP Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek Main Event for $243,916 over a field of 805 entries, creating a prize pool of just over $1.2 million.
2:07The United States Poker Open (USPO) began last week at the Aria Resort & Casino. The initial events have been completed with Lauren Roberts highlighting the winners, becoming the first woman to capture a USPO title by winning Event #3, $10,000 no-limit hold’em. All the additional events’ results including the overall USPO champion will be announced next week.
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6:16Bernard welcomes Richard Roeper to the show, the 4th Annual Academy Awards preview show.
6:58Richard joins the show and “still doesn’t know how to play pocket jacks.”
9:16Richard discusses the controversial decision to not have a host for the 91st Academy Awards, the first time since 1989. “Back then, there just weren’t as many gigs available and no social media to reach the public, so for someone like Bob Hope and Billy Crystal, it was a huge thing. Not to mention there were 30 million people watching.”
13:16Richard analyzes the Supporting Actress category which includes nominees Amy Adams (for Vice), Marina de Tavira (Roma), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Emma Stone (The Favourite) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite). “It’s a category where we have some pretty big upsets…not that they didn’t deserve it, but they weren’t expected.” Richard also states about Regina King, “A classic working actress, always doing something and always doing it well.”
15:29Bernard and Richard discuss the snubs in the Supporting Actress category including Claire Foy (First Man) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place).
19:05Richard analyzes the Supporting Actor category which includes nominees Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Richard Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Sam Rockwell (Vice). “(Grant) is one of those actors who is so gracious and so grateful for the nomination.”
22:06Richard analyzes the Lead Actress category which includes nominees Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Coleman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born), and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). “This is one where you can make a case for any of the five… I wouldn’t be shocked if any name is called.”
25:18Bernard and Richard discuss Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga singing their nominated song, “Shallow” live at the Academy Awards.
28:09Richard analyzes the Lead Actor category which includes nominees Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book). “(Bale) disappeared completely into the role, it was like last year when Gary Oldman won for playing Winston Churchill.”
31:29Bernard and Richard discuss the snubs in the Lead Actress and Actor categories including Nicole Kidman (Destroyer), Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots), Viola Davis (Widows), Timothée Hal Chalamet (Beautiful Boy), Ethan Hawke (First Reformed). “I thought (Ethan Hawke) was going to win, not just get nominated. Richard also discusses the movie and cast of Widows, “It was the best cast of the year. I thought Viola David should have been nominated for Best Actress… That to me was a film that should have gotten eight Oscar nominations, it got none.”
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32:11Bernard continues his interview with renown film critic and avid poker player Richard Roeper.
36:39Richard analyzes the Best Director category which include nominees Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) and Adam McKay (Vice). “(Although) Alfonso Cuaron is the heavy favorite for Roma, but I’m going to go ahead and say Spike Lee and predict the upset, partially because I’m rooting for him…I think it would be really cool. I’m going with my gut, not my head.” Richard also discussed Bradley Cooper’s Best Director snub. “I don’t know why he (Bradley Cooper) wasn’t nominated for Best Director.”
43:08Richard analyzes the Best Film category which includes nominees Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice. “I’m going to go way out on a limb. I’m pretty much the only one predicting this. I’m going to say that Black Panther is going to win for Best Picture… When you got eight candidates, there’s a bigger chance for an upset… I think it would be a great moment for the Oscars. People would go crazy.”
45:01Bernard and Richard analyze that most Best Picture winners and front runners are released late in the year. All of this year’s nominations are late except Blank Panther. “Fall and the winter is the season for the more serious films, and the summer is the season for the blockbusters”
47:71Bernard and Richard discuss the snubs in the Best Picture category including Mary Queen of Scots, Beautiful Boy, and Crazy Rich Asians.
51:00Bernard discuss Richard’s involvement and love of poker including charity poker tournaments such as for the One Step Closer Foundation.

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