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We are coming down to the final stretch, where the Oscars will be handed out at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4. Which means we have a few more major categories to discuss on AwardsBlend, the podcast dedicated to all things cinema that places a special emphasis on the Oscar marathon.

This week, we're down a co-host, as Fox 32 Chicago's Jake Hamilton has to deal with a tooth problem. (The way he tells it, he chipped his tooth saving a bevy of adorable puppies, but we're guessing that's an embellishment.) So, AwardsBlend co-hosts Sean O'Connell and Fox 5 DC's Kevin McCarthy hold down the fort, and they kick off their discussion with a spoiler-free review of Ryan Coogler's new Black Panther. Give it a listen below:

AwardsBlend dives into the meat of the Oscar race, and this week, Sean and Kevin analyze the Best Actor and Actress races... to see if they actually are races, at all. While both co-hosts think that Gary Oldman is a lock to win Best Actor for his work as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, they split on Best Actress. Kevin feels like Frances McDormand has Best Actress in the bag for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Sean, on the other hand, thinks that momentum might be shifting away from McDormand, and that Sally Hawkins could steal some thunder if The Shape of Water starts to dominate on Oscar night.

Before they finished this week, Sean and Kevin wrapped up the Christopher Nolan discussion, where our podcast listeners helped us debate the director's best film. Using the hashtag #NolanBlend really worked. So much so that we're planning on using it again.

This week, we want to know your picks for the best Paul Thomas Anderson movie. Use the hashtag #PTABlend to share your picks. Then, next week, on Thursday, Feb. 22, the guys will reveal their choices for top PTA movie, and will discuss the movies you guys picked, as well.

If you missed any of our previous AwardsBlend episodes, you are in luck. We have an iTunes page! Visit. Subscribe. Like and comment. Review! Apple loves when you have star ratings and reviews, so if you listened, and you liked it (or even if you didn't), let us know.

Meanwhile, follow the guys on Social Media at @Sean_OConnell, @JakesTakes and @KevinMcCarthyTV. See you next week, when we break down the Best Picture candidates! See you Thursday, February 22 at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST.

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