Stay on top of Oscar season with KCRW's Academy Awards news, interviews and features.

Will the Academy attract viewers with two nominees having the highest total gross in history? Plus, a look at Oscars surprises and snubs.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Previous years of ratings declines don't bode well for the popularity of this year's Oscars show.

from Film Reviews

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back actress Regina Hall who’s currently starring in Mariama Diallo’s “Master,” a horror film about the first Black master of an elite…

Regina Hall: ‘Master’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back actress Regina Hall who’s currently starring in Mariama Diallo’s “Master,” a horror film about the first Black master of an elite…

from The Treatment

“Dune,” “Cruella” and “West Side Story” are some of the Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design featured at the FIDM exhibit.

‘Cruella’ and ‘Dune’ dresses, Marvel hero suits are stars of FIDM’s Oscars exhibit

“Dune,” “Cruella” and “West Side Story” are some of the Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design featured at the FIDM exhibit.

from KCRW Features

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Academy Award nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Phil Burbank in Jane Campion’s “The Power…

Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘The Power of the Dog’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Academy Award nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Phil Burbank in Jane Campion’s “The Power…

from The Treatment

Director Jessica Kingdon talks about her Oscar-nominated documentary, "Ascension," which focuses on class in China.

China’s capitalism and deep link with Hollywood are shown in ‘Ascension’ and ‘Red Carpet’

Director Jessica Kingdon talks about her Oscar-nominated documentary, "Ascension," which focuses on class in China.

from The Business

Dive deep with our Hollywood hosts, who have the inside scoop from the buzziest actors, directors, and industry players in this year’s awards with in-depth, exclusive interviews and unbiased, provocative insight.

Oscars 2022: Interviews, reviews, and all you need to know

Dive deep with our Hollywood hosts, who have the inside scoop from the buzziest actors, directors, and industry players in this year’s awards with in-depth, exclusive interviews and unbiased, provocative insight.

from Arts & Culture Stories

“Drive My Car” director Ryusuke Hamaguchi talks about landing international acclaim while holding onto his artistic vision, and how “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho indirectly opened…

Bong Joon-ho opened the door for Ryusuke Hamaguchi to make Oscar nominee ‘Drive My Car’

“Drive My Car” director Ryusuke Hamaguchi talks about landing international acclaim while holding onto his artistic vision, and how “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho indirectly opened…

from The Business

Reinaldo Marcus Green is the director behind the Oscar-nominated tennis biopic  “King Richard.” He talks about relating to the sibling dynamics between Serena and Venus Williams.

‘King Richard’ director: ‘I always felt like a young Serena’

Reinaldo Marcus Green is the director behind the Oscar-nominated tennis biopic “King Richard.” He talks about relating to the sibling dynamics between Serena and Venus Williams.

from The Business

There will be eight fewer awards broadcast live at this year’s Oscars. Many in the film community are outraged. But some say it’s a needed change for a bloated telecast.

Oscars: 8 categories won’t be part of live telecast, backlash ensues

There will be eight fewer awards broadcast live at this year’s Oscars. Many in the film community are outraged. But some say it’s a needed change for a bloated telecast.

from Hollywood Breakdown

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back director Denis Villeneuve, whose latest film is the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” which is nominated for nine Academy Awards,…

Denis Villeneuve: ‘Dune’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back director Denis Villeneuve, whose latest film is the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” which is nominated for nine Academy Awards,…

from The Treatment

Attendees of this year’s Oscars won’t have to be fully vaccinated. This decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences surprised many people.

Oscars: No vax requirement, no consensus on frontrunners

Attendees of this year’s Oscars won’t have to be fully vaccinated. This decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences surprised many people.

from Hollywood Breakdown

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Academy Award winning director and writer Joel Coen, whose latest film is “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” currently streaming on Apple TV+.

Joel Coen: ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Academy Award winning director and writer Joel Coen, whose latest film is “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” currently streaming on Apple TV+.

from The Treatment

Ten films are up for Best Picture at the Oscars, including “Licorice Pizza,” “CODA,” and Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog.” KCRW looks at highlights from the nominations.

Will Jane Campion win Best Director at Oscars for ‘Power of the Dog?’

Ten films are up for Best Picture at the Oscars, including “Licorice Pizza,” “CODA,” and Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog.” KCRW looks at highlights from the nominations.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Phil Lord and Chris Miller talk about their new Apple TV+ series “The Afterparty.”

‘The trick is to not sleep’: How Chris Miller and Phil Lord balance projects

Phil Lord and Chris Miller talk about their new Apple TV+ series “The Afterparty.”

from The Business

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes SAG Supporting Actress nominee Kirsten Dunst, nominated for her role in Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog,” directed by Jane Campion.

Kirsten Dunst: ‘The Power of the Dog’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes SAG Supporting Actress nominee Kirsten Dunst, nominated for her role in Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog,” directed by Jane Campion.

from The Treatment

Filmmaker Siân Heder and actress Marlee Matlin tell KCRW about their journey to make “CODA,” a family drama featuring a mostly Deaf cast.

‘CODA’ star on Deaf representation: ‘We just have to continue to make noise’

Filmmaker Siân Heder and actress Marlee Matlin tell KCRW about their journey to make “CODA,” a family drama featuring a mostly Deaf cast.

from The Business

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro, whose latest film is an adaption of the novel “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay…

Guillermo del Toro: ‘Nightmare Alley’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes back Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro, whose latest film is an adaption of the novel “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay…

from The Treatment

Actor Andrew Garfield talks about portraying playwright Jonathan Larson in “tick, tick…BOOM!” and reprising the role of Spider-Man.

‘tick, tick…BOOM!’ star Andrew Garfield on art as medicine for the soul

Actor Andrew Garfield talks about portraying playwright Jonathan Larson in “tick, tick…BOOM!” and reprising the role of Spider-Man.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Bradley Cooper shares his worries about the streaming future, even though his next film is going to Netflix.

Bradley Cooper on Rocket Raccoon’s voice, his next film going to Netflix

Bradley Cooper shares his worries about the streaming future, even though his next film is going to Netflix.

from The Business

Bradley Cooper tells KCRW about his two very different roles in “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.” And he discusses his passion to direct “A Star is Born.”

How Bradley Cooper had to be naked emotionally and physically in ‘Nightmare Alley’

Bradley Cooper tells KCRW about his two very different roles in “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.” And he discusses his passion to direct “A Star is Born.”

from The Business

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes director Reinaldo Marcus Green, whose latest film is “King Richard,” which takes a closer look at Richard Williams, father of tennis greats…

Reinaldo Marcus Green: ‘King Richard’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes director Reinaldo Marcus Green, whose latest film is “King Richard,” which takes a closer look at Richard Williams, father of tennis greats…

from The Treatment

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about finding her power as a director, which is how she wound up shooting “The Lost Daughter” in Greece.

In making 'The Lost Daughter,' Maggie Gyllenhaal found power as a director

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about finding her power as a director, which is how she wound up shooting “The Lost Daughter” in Greece.

from The Business

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda, the multi-talented director, actor and songwriter, who has two projects premiering at the end of 2021.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘tick, tick…Boom!’ and ‘Encanto’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda, the multi-talented director, actor and songwriter, who has two projects premiering at the end of 2021.

from The Treatment

Moreno talks about her early years in Hollywood, handling sexual assault on and off the screen, and her relationship with Marlon Brando.

Rita Moreno on ‘West Side Story,’ race in Hollywood, and trauma

Moreno talks about her early years in Hollywood, handling sexual assault on and off the screen, and her relationship with Marlon Brando.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Early in the new animated documentary “Flee,” Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen asks his friend Amin to close his eyes and take a deep breath.

'Flee’: Director used animation to protect his Afghan friend’s identity

Early in the new animated documentary “Flee,” Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen asks his friend Amin to close his eyes and take a deep breath.

from The Business

Critics review “West Side Story,” Steven Spielberg’s remake of the beloved classic starring Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood; “The Unforgivable,” starring Sandra Bullock as an ex-convict…

Ariana DeBose helps save ‘West Side Story’ and kills it in dance, says critic

Critics review “West Side Story,” Steven Spielberg’s remake of the beloved classic starring Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood; “The Unforgivable,” starring Sandra Bullock as an ex-convict…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand