In What World Could Philomena Win Best Picture?

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Jan. 29 2014 2:15 PM

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Philomena, the dark horse in this year’s Oscar race for Best Picture, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Based on the true story of an Irish mother’s 50-year search for her son, Philomena does more than satisfy the Academy’s appetite for Anglophilic historical dramas. Next, the gabbers turn to Broad City, a new show on Comedy Central about two young women in New York City. Can we stomach another Brooklyn-based series about female life post-graduation? And finally, the critics discuss Atlantic editor Scott Stossel’s new book My Age of Anxiety, in which he uses his own experience with phobias to explore the history and treatment of acute anxiety disorder.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Endorsements:

Dana: Ida, a total marvel from director Pawel Pawlikowski that screened at the Sundance Film Festival

Julia: Going to a museum with no particular goal in mind and finding a corner that transports you. For her, it was finding a Ghirlandaio portrait at the Met.

Steve: W.H. Auden’s epithalamium “In Sickness and in Health

Outro: "Swing for Ninine" by The Cook Trio

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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