As is the Friday tradition, tonight's episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network 9 pm ET, 6 pm PT, with repeats three hours later) is organized around a theme: In this case, in honor of Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards, we present our "Grouchy Oscars," a list of best and worst movies, performances, and historical Oscar picks. Helping out is an all-star panel of outstanding movie reviewers—the New York Post's Kyle Smith, and Reason.com's own Kurt Loder.
Also on the program is beloved former Reason editor Virginia Postrel, who will be talking about the intersection between Hollywood and the subject of her book The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion. Also, producer-author Lynda Obst will talk about her business-model book, Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business. And yes, we'll be talking about Hollywood subsidies.