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COVID, The Motion Picture Industry And The Oscars, Part One, With Casey Allen

You are tuned to Utah Public Radio. I'm Shalayne Smith Needham, here with our film critic Casey T. Allen. Hello, Casey.

CA: Hello, I'm back.


SSN: Well Casey, the movie industry struggled through 2020 and looking ahead to the new year, do you know if we will continue to see new movie releases available on online platforms?


CA: Yes, the pandemic has affected the large scale movie industry with big giant blockbuster films like ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘No Time To Die,’ and other action based films, those are the types of films that have really suffered. 


But the smaller scale, more independent films have really thrived this year, because there's many fewer options to actually watch. So a lot of viewers are turning to what's available, and that's the smaller scale independent films.


SSN: As we wrap up 2020, are there any lead movie contenders?


CA: “Mink” is a definite shoo-in for nominations. If there's one thing Hollywood loves, its movies about itself and movies about people's lives within it. So that's a strong contender. 


Also ‘One Night in Miami’ as well as ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, those are getting a lot of support and praise.


SSN:  Well Casey, are there any interesting movie releases coming out, either in theaters or online movie platforms?


CA: Yes, we have ‘Operation Christmas Drop’ a holiday film on Netflix. We also have a Nigerian original film called ‘Citation’ as well as a ‘New York Christmas Wedding.’


SSN: A lot of holiday films to look forward to thank you so much for being here, Casey, and we'll talk to you next week.


Shalayne Smith Needham has worked at Utah Public Radio since 2000 as producer of Access Utah. She graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BA in Sociology, emphasis on Criminology. A Logan native, she grew up with an appreciation for the great outdoors and spends her free time photographing the Western landscape and its wildlife.
Casey T. Allen is a native of Utah who graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's degree in English in 2007. He has worked in many capacities throughout USU campus and enjoys his time at UPR to continually exercise his writing.