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'Awards Chatter' is a weekly podcast, moderated by THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg, featuring musings about the Oscar, Emmy and Tony races, as well as in-depth interviews with top contenders for those prizes.




Benedict Cumberbatch - 'The Current War'


Duration: 01:29:52

Kumail Nanjiani - 'The Big Sick'


Duration: 01:15:49

Gal Gadot - 'Wonder Woman'

The 32-year-old Israeli who recently portrayed DC Comics’ most iconic female character in the first big-studio superhero film ever to center on a female protagonist — the hit of the summer — discusses her unusual road to Hollywood, why some objected to her casting as Wonder Woman and what she makes of its tremendous reception and the conversations it has started.

Duration: 01:02:46

Tracee Ellis Ross - 'Black-ish'

This year's Golden Globe winner for best actress in a comedy series discusses what it was like growing up as Diana Ross' daughter, why her current show and character are socially significant and why it's both encouraging and dismaying that so few black actresses ever have garnered the accolades that she's been racking up, of late.

Duration: 00:54:44

Kristen Wiig - 'Saturday Night Live'

The actress who Lorne Michaels ranks among the "top three or four" 'SNL' cast members ever reflects on how she fell in love with improv, how years with The Groundlings led to seven formative seasons at Studio 8H, why she co-wrote and starred in 'Bridesmaids' and then followed its massive success with a bunch of indie dramedies and what it's like for a former 'SNL' cast member to go back as a host (she's Emmy-nominated for her most recent return).

Duration: 01:00:31

Common - '13th'

The Grammy and Oscar winning rapper discusses the evolution of his voice (musical and political), Fox News haters and how mass incarceration became a focus of both his activism and his latest, Emmy-nominated song.

Duration: 01:08:31

Snoop Dogg - 'Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party'

Over a blunt, the gangsta rap and hip-hop icon candidly reflects on his quarter-century in the public eye — the highs (literal and figurative) and lows (jail time, a murder charge, losing friends to the east coast-west coast rivalry), plus secrets of survival and reinvention (pimp, peacemaker and now Emmy-nominated cooking show host).

Duration: 01:04:13

Lorne Michaels - 'Saturday Night Live'

In a rare interview, the man who is arguably the most important figure in the history of comedy discusses the roots of his iconic variety show, dissects its 42nd season (its most watched in 23 years and most Emmy-nominated ever) and reveals his thoughts on retirement and what he'd like to happen to 'SNL' after he's gone.

Duration: 00:35:07

John Turturro - 'The Night Of'

One of the finest character actors ever — a regular in the movies of Spike Lee, the Coen brothers and Adam Sandler — reflects on the pros and cons of being ethnic-looking, how he overcame a mid-career crisis that almost led him to retire and why so many of his projects — from 'Do the Right Thing' to his latest, the HBO limited series for which he's Emmy-nominated — address racial tensions in America.

Duration: 01:03:33

Susan Sarandon - 'Feud'


Duration: 01:10:16

Stephen Colbert - 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

Late night's comeback kid — the ratings leader and an Emmy nominee just a year after people were starting to write him off — opens up about the family tragedy that led him to comedy, how his background in improv prepared him to play "Stephen Colbert" on 'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' and why his fortunes, as David Letterman's successor, turned around after Trump's election.

Duration: 01:12:53

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - 'Veep'

Arguably the greatest comedy actress in the history of TV — a record 18-time Emmy nominee for comedic performances, not to mention a seven-time winner — reflects on how a bad experience at 'SNL' led to the career-changing opportunity to play Elaine Benes on 'Seinfeld,' how she subsequently stared down 'the Seinfeld curse' and why she's uniquely qualified to play bumbling politician Selina Meyer on the show that won the best comedy series Emmy in each of the last two years.

Duration: 00:54:56

Jimmy Kimmel - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

The most senior host of a late-night broadcast show opens up about his 15 years on the job, worshipping Letterman and feuding with Leno, f—king Matt Damon, hosting an unforgettable Oscars and his emotional 13-minute monologue about his newborn son that went viral this year.

Duration: 01:17:28

Reese Witherspoon - 'Big Little Lies'

America's Sweetheart reflects on her 25 years in the business, from becoming an A-list superstar to slumping to reinventing herself as an actress/producer and championing great books as effectively as anyone since Oprah.

Duration: 00:48:14

Sterling K. Brown - 'This Is Us'

The TV star whose breakthrough — back-to-back Emmy noms, for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' last year and the NBC charmer that became the highest-rated new series of this year — was 15 years in the making reflects on struggles, loss and gratitude.

Duration: 01:11:39

Ryan Murphy - 'Feud: Bette and Joan'

One of TV's most prolific and accomplished content creators — the man behind 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Glee,' 'American Horror Story' and 'American Crime Story,' among many other groundbreaking shows — reflects on tearing down barriers, jumping genres and building a family of collaborators.

Duration: 01:05:44

John Boyega - 'Detroit'

The 'Star Wars' breakout discusses his explosion into superstardom, the industry's handling of diversity and representation, what to expect from 'The Last Jedi' and why he regards Kathryn Bigelow's new drama about the 1967 Detroit riot as "the biggest movie of my career."

Duration: 00:56:48

Elisabeth Moss - 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The "Queen of Peak TV," who made her name on 'The West Wing,' 'Mad Men' and 'Top of the Lake,' discusses why her "heart's really in television," what she took away from each of her major roles and how Trump's election has impacted the way people consume the hugely acclaimed Hulu drama series for which she might finally win an Emmy (or two).

Duration: 00:59:02

Robert Pattinson - 'Good Time'

The 31-year-old Brit, best known as the male star of the fantasy 'Twilight' franchise, reflects on his sudden celebrity, 'Twihard' fanatics and their strong feelings about his former relationship with Kristen Stewart and how his 10-year career-reinvention plan is operating right on schedule.

Duration: 00:47:46

Laverne Cox - 'Orange Is the New Black'

The first openly trans person ever to receive an acting Emmy nom — now two — or to appear on the cover of 'Time' reflects on a lifetime of discovering herself, surviving bigots and blazing a trail for others.

Duration: 01:27:54

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