Season 1 Episode 5 – Apollo 13 (1995)
Dan and Marie explore the films which were nominated in the Oscar Best Picture category and which could possibly have won … but didn’t.
We take it in turns to pick a film, then discuss whether we think things have changed for that movie now, or if the original decision still stands; was it a deserving winner, or something only of its time?
For our fifth episode, Marie chose to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Ron Howard’s take on Jim Lovell’s own account of three men (and NASA)’s battle to return safely to Earth following unforeseen events on their way to the moon.
Marie was inspired by the recent BBC World Service podcast series 13 Minutes to the Moon; Season 1 looked at the final minutes of the first moon landing, and Season 2 examined in detail the events of the Apollo 13 mission.
Apollo 13 was nominated in 9 categories and won in two, but Dan doesn’t think the best film of that year was even nominated! This leads us to step outside the original 5 nominations briefly to see what else was on offer – and brings us to a side discussion about Michael Mann’s Heat. If you’re interested in following Marie’s Pacino rewatch, you can read all about it at The Complete Pacino.
Join us to see whether we can reach any kind of agreement with the 68th Academy Awards (and each other), which handed over the Best Picture award to Braveheart.