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At the 1979 Oscars, Kramer vs. Kramer reigned supreme by nabbing the Academy Award Best Picture over the likes of Apocalypse Now and All That Jazz. Was it a justifiable win or an Oscar abomination? Is there another film from 1979 that should have taken the title but did not make the cut? In short, does the 1979 Academy Awards require a Dew Over?

I make my return on the great Oscar loving podcast The Dew Over to discuss the 1979 best picture contenders. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, each week host Jamie Dew assembles a revolving panel of film lovers to talk about and dissect the best picture nominees for a given year. During this week’s lively discussion I defend the merits of Kramer vs. Kramer while waging a one man war against Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz. Of course Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae all get debated as well.

So take a moment to give the episode a listen and see whether or not you agree with the panel’s final verdict.


  1. Great analysis. That was one of the first Oscar broadcasts I remember watching as a kid.I didn’t have anyone to root for because i was too young to see the movies. Well after-the-fact, I think it is typical of Oscar process. The year crash one over Brokeback mountain for example. Both are good films, and it’s totally subjective, and they likely went with the safer choice


        1. That was another controversial year as well. The fact that Judi Dench received a supporting actress award for only fifteen minutes or so of screen time only added further fuel to the debate.

    1. Alien is the type of film that you wish Academy members would be more open to in general. It is the complete package that audiences still identify with 35 years later.

    1. We have a very good discussion around that film. While I can agree that some of the elements have not aged well, I still think the film was worthy of a nomination.

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