...and I should have added we are also running a series on Oscar winning films called And The Academy Award Goes To... presented by Paul Gambaccini, and produced by Paul Kobrak and Sara Jane Hall, on Saturdays at 10.30 - the biggest feature slot of the week.

    The aim is to exploit the heightened interest in film at this time of the year - when we get the weepy speeches, the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and then the Oscars. This is the second series. Last year the films featured were: Lawrence of Arabia, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Silence of the Lambs, The English Patient, and this year: The Godfather parts 1 & 2, Shakespeare in Love and Crash and the final one coming up on Saturday: West Side Story

    The programmes examine the films - but not in the way The Film Programme would. They home in on the political and cultural context which might have influenced the judges' verdicts - suggesting that, on occasion, the Oscars outcome might not be a matter of cinematic quality - but more a reflection of a political zeitgeist.

    Last week's programme - about the win for Crash over Brokeback Mountain - one of the best in either series. Paul's conclusion about the confusion of merit and subject matter convinced me.

    Listen to the Crash edition of And the Academy Award Goes to... here (until Saturday 21st February).


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