Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the 2018 Oscars, Game Night, and whether we should eat octopus.

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The Culture Gabfest “Dana the Octophile” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the 2018 Oscars, Game Night, and whether we should eat octopus.

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This week, the critics discuss the highlights of the 2018 Academy Awards, debating whether The Shape of Water was truly a safe choice for Best Picture and examining how Hollywood is still dealing with the #MeToo movement. Next, the crew unpacks the new movie Game Night. Is this comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman just stupid fun, or is there depth beneath the surface? Finally, Daniel Engber joins the gabbers to discuss his latest cover story for Slate about how we give the octopus too much credit, which raises the question: How do we decide which animals are morally OK to eat?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and Blue Planet II

Julia: The “Make Me Feel” music video by Janelle Monáe

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Stephen: Tracey Thorn’s new album Record

Outro: “Queen” by Tracey Thorn

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.