Editor’s note: Deadline presents the 15th episode of Two Shot, a video series in which Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy tackle the artistry of films. Each has reviewed and written about the craft for decades and built a remarkable breadth of knowledge of films past and present. What we hoped for when we asked them to do this was a concise, mature and thoughtful conversation comparable to what we saw from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.
As promised Todd McCarthy and Pete Hammond’s Two Shot dives deep into the Oscars in all aspects – the show, the winners, the losers, the aftermath, and of course that little Will Smith/Chris Rock incident that has sucked up most of the attention post-Oscars. It is certainly a part of the conversation here, but this Two Shot wants to give attention to all aspects of the 94th Academy Awards – what worked, what didn’t, what led us to this, and where does the Academy go from here. It has been a long season and as far as McCarthy and Hammond are concerned this is the final word. We come to you virtually this week, but the conversation is as lively as ever.
Join us for TWO SHOT’s ALL ABOUT THE OSCARS: BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER. To watch just click on the link above.
Hammond has been Deadline’s Awards Columnist for the past decade, covering what now seemingly is the year-round Oscar and Emmy seasons. He is also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, having previously reviewed films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine, Backstage, Hollywood.com and Maxim, as well as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, for which he was a contributing editor. In addition to writing, Hammond also hosts KCET Cinema Series and the station’s weekly series Must See Movies.
McCarthy is a veteran trade publication film critic, columnist and reporter who has also written several acclaimed books and documentary films. He served two stints on the staffs of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and extensively covered film festivals internationally for both publications. His film Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography won the best documentary prizes from the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics associations, and he won an Emmy for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer. He also directed the documentaries Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and Forever Hollywood.
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