2023 Oscar season kicks off with our hot takes on contenders — and Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’

For the first episode of our new season of the ‘The Awardist,’ Entertainment Weekly executive editor and ‘Awardist’ podcast host Gerrad Hall is joined by executive editor Clarissa Cruz, and they welcome back to the EW family Dave Karger, who joins the ‘Awardist’ team as awards correspondent/columnist. The three dive into the fall festival circuit and break down which movies emerged as contenders, plus which movies that debuted earlier in the year are fighting for a spot. Plus, we discuss Harry Styles’ quick entry and exit from the awards race, and question why ‘Emancipation’ starring Will Smith is even being released this year. For complete awards coverage, go to EW.com/awardist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Grab some popcorn, it's Oscars season! Starting November 7th, 2022, join Entertainment Weekly's Senior Awards Editor, Gerrad Hall and other opinionated, movie-loving EW staffers Mondays as they cover the long road to the silver screen's biggest night. This season will feature exclusive interviews with your favorite stars and in-depth conversations about who we think will and should win a coveted statuette. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss an episode and be sure to check out ew.com/awardist for more Oscars content.