The ballet drama full of psychological horror has a rich recent Oscar history—just ask Natalie Portman and her Oscar for Black Swan. So does the musical biopic, as everyone from Jamie Foxx to Reese Witherspoon to Sissy Spacek can attest. But two recent entries in those genres—Suspiria, the gory remake from Luca Guadagnino, and Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury—may not have such a guaranteed walk to Oscar night. Why? Well, for one thing, its hard for anyone to even agree on whether theyre any good.

On this weeks Little Gold Men podcast, Vanity Fairs HWD editor, Hillary Busis, stops in for a discussion of both Suspiria and Bohemian Rhapsody, both of which are baffling and intriguing for very different reasons. (For more on Suspiria, read Richard Lawsons review, which calls it “a holistic journey into the witches den.”) Also on this weeks show, Richard, Mike Hogan, Katey Rich, and Joanna Robinson take a look at the ever-fascinating best-actress race, which has Glenn Close still hanging in there for The Wife, Lady Gaga working to overcome skepticism that shes “just a pop star” to take A Star Is Born all the way, Julia Roberts earning festival raves for Ben Is Back, and lurking in the wings, Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns, playing a role that, lest we forget, won Julie Andrews her Oscar.

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