This year, Slate asked Buck Loughlin, last seen co-hosting the climactic dog competition in Best in Show, to talk with me about this year's Oscar race. Below is an edited transcript.
Buck Loughlin: Live from Hollywood, this is Buck Loughlin, here with David Edelstein, for the second biggest day of the movie year—the penultimate lap of the Oscar race. David, your thoughts on this great, great competition?
David Edelstein: Well, Buck, I just want to say at the outset that I don't really like to do this sort of racing commentary. I'm a serious critic for a serious magazine, and I have little interest in trying to fathom the middlebrow taste of the Academy--
Loughlin: So you're a pretentious two-bit whore is what you're saying?
Edelstein: Well …
Loughlin: Hold on! They're out of the gate! Actors, actresses, directors! All in the running for that golden statuette. Whatever happened to his genitalia, by the way? I'm just kiddin' ya. David, you gotta like the legs on that Julia Roberts.
Edelstein: Well, she does have certain coltish, equine--
Loughlin: And there's Russell Crowe in his souped-up chariot! Backed by those big DreamWorks bucks. Oh, you don't wanna mess with that big dog! Go get 'em, Russ! Rrrroooof!
Edelstein: Just a laughably crude movie—a high-minded splatter picture.
Loughlin: And he's flattening everybody, isn't he?!!! Billy Elliot, watch out! Whoa, that was ugly!
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.