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Kurt Loder Wants Lady Gaga to Win an Oscar: Podcast

Reason's movie reviewer handicaps the Academy Awards and explains why this is the best and worst time to be a consumer of popular culture.

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The Academy Awards take place on Sunday, so for today's Reason Podcast I was excited to talk with Reason's movie reviewer, Kurt Loder, about this year's nominees. (Read his Reason archive here.)

Loder is a cultural omnivore who started out writing for rock magazines in the 1970s, ending up at Rolling Stone. He co-authored Tina Turner's best-selling memoir (the basis for the movie What's Love Got To Do With It?) before moving on MTV, where he served as news anchor. Outside of Reason, the best place to find Loder these days is SiriusXM, where he hosts True Stories, a weekly interview show featuring famous rock musicians telling tales out of school, and Twitter, where he comments on a wide variety of topics.

Today, we talked about the films, directors, and actors he thinks are most deserving. (He's especially high on Lady Gaga's performance in A Star Is Born, which he also thinks should win Best Picture.) We also discussed whether it's time for big, bloated, self-congratulatory awards shows such as the Oscars to sink into the ocean like good old Mr. Norman Main, whether we're in a golden age of popular culture (yes, but…), and what music and novels are capturing Loder's attention these days.

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31 responses to “Kurt Loder Wants Lady Gaga to Win an Oscar: Podcast

  1. whether we’re in a golden age of popular culture (yes, but…)

    No we’re in a vast waste-ocean of popular culture with a tiny bleached coral atoll of streamin’ TV

    1. That’s what happens when you don’t ban straws.

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  2. This would be the perfect place for Ken to post about how none of this matters.

    1. All we are is dust in the wind, Ray.

      1. O vanitas vanitatum! saith Ken.

      2. GOD I hated that song. Gotta be in my top ten most hated.

      3. “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.
        Dust…
        Wind…
        Dude…”

  3. Anyone who liked any version of “A Star Is Born” should not be allowed to play with sharp objects, or even blunt ones.

    1. Fredric March and Adolph Menjou? What’s not to like?

  4. He co-authored Tina Turner’s best-selling memoir

    So it was Loder who defamed Ike?

  5. Gaga still needs an Emmy win and a Tony (a Me) to be in the rarified EGOT category, but she’s freaking 32. I saw her from the front row during the Monster Ball tour, and it was fantabulous. Some of the best years of my life were spent to that soundtrack. Not unrelatedly, I miss cocaine.

    1. You really are messed up inside.

    2. Lady Gaga is pretty great; will be seeing her in Vegas.

  6. OT

    RIP Peter Tork.

    Loved that show growing up and still love the music to this day.

    Yes it was really a TV show but they were not so much a ‘fake band’ as many people think. It was just that in those days of analog recording they did not have the exacting level needed for studio work as a group. Peter and the others worked at it and were very much musicians.

    1. Amen.

  7. Everyone should win an Oscar. We don’t want anyone left out and feeling bad.

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  10. “Loder is a cultural omnivore who started out writing for rock magazines [bla, bla, bla] rock musicians telling tales out of school, and Twitter, where he comments on a wide variety of topics.”

    And why would anyone bother to pay attention to his or your opinions?

    1. Ooops!
      Now I see! He wears black clothes!

  11. Who gives a steaming rat shit what Kurt Loder thinks?

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