Oscar podcasting is all fun and games until someone gets murdered.
With the Oscars going virtual this year, the likelihood of foul play is pretty low this year (though you can’t fully trust those hazmat suit delivery men). Still, if you are looking for something that blends the competitive energy of a close Oscar race with the fun of a game of Clue, check out the new podcast Just To Be Nominated, created by Jorge Molina. The podcast tagline promises murder, intrigue and awards tomfoolery. “An actress is found dead the night she wins the Oscar. And then the real awards race begins.” The first episode airs on Thursday, February 25th on all major podcast streamers.
The new scripted podcast from Kings of Pavement centers on a group of people Awards Radar is very familiar with… awards podcasters. Leo (Brendan Scannell) and Terri (Zach Noe Towers) are the hosts of “Just To Be Nominated,” an awards podcast. They may have been able to predict award winners, but neither of them would have predicted that the Best Actress winner, Riley Audrey (Anouk Samuel) would end up dead after her win. The soap star turned Oscar winner had ruffled some feathers along the campaign trail. So who killed her?
Each episode, the podcast hosts will investigate a different suspect in the death of Riley Audrey. Drawing on past interviews, key moments in the precursors and even conversations during that fateful Oscar night, Leo and Terri hope to catch the murderer.
The talented ensemble cast blends an intricately choreographed set of facts around the Oscar night with an improvised structure. Like any Oscar season, the podcast features a cavalcade of eccentric, entertaining celebrities/suspects. They include the oft-snubbed legend (Christine Vanderpol, voiced by Drew Droge), intense French director (Antoine Marais, voiced by Sid Phoenix), pop star turned actress (Dinah Reyes, voiced by Gabriela Ortega), fearful publicist (Joy Moon, voiced by Jill Galbraith), beloved character actress (Laurie Kurtz, played by Mae Aswell), seductive leading man (Erik Larsson, voiced by Abel Benitez), real-life subject (Anna Marie Highsmith, voiced by Camille James Harman), former best friend (Michelle Leanders, voiced by Cecily Breaux), struggling studio head (Cassandra Choi, voiced by Miya Kodama) and Riley’s internet famous boyfriend (Oscar Dasilva, voiced by Adam Faison). Tee motives and possibilities are endless.
For those who couldn’t get enough of the Glenn Close vs. Lady Gaga vs. Olivia Colman Best Actress race and fondly remember “The Real Philomena Lee” popping up at every awards show, “Just To Be Nominated” is right up your alley.