“Wizard of Oz” historian Ryan Jay loved the Oscars this year, wanted Spirited to win the Best Film award if “Everything, Everywhere…” couldn’t win it and never sat in the Jenny Jones audience for work. Time for a quick Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Welcome Ryan:

We’re joined on the Starline by a critic, producer and fan of theater and the arts. You’ve seen his work in US Weekly, Bravo, Showtime, MTV, VH1 among other places. He’s a Wizard of Oz historian. We welcome movie critic Ryan Jay.

Ryan, let’s go Beyond the Mic. The Academy Awards were expected to be “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and it showed.

What was the winner that shocked you?

How has the film industry tried to survive since the pandemic and have they?

There is always someone left off of the In Memoriam segment that causes a stir each year. Any objections from you?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. If you had a vote, what was the best picture if EEAAO wasn’t on the ballot?

2. What was the first film you’ve ever remember seeing?

3. Grade this year’s Oscars A-F

4. Best film in your opinion of all time?

5. Best Broadway show not named Wicked or The Wiz?

6. Former Jerry Springer producer wanted to know if you ever had a problem getting your guests into the limo after the show.

7. Did you ever sit in the audience for the Jenny Jones show?

8. Best thing about your pupcake Toto?

One Big Question:

Generations of great actors and actresses like Angela Lansbury, Ray Liotta, James Caan are leaving us. Who are the next great generation of actors and actresses?

Where can people find you?

The Wrap:

He’s a former Jerry Springer show producer who loves watching movies, has a dog named Toto and thought the Oscars were really good this year. Ryan Jay, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

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