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Arizona Republic Film Critic Discusses Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations came out Tuesday morning, and everyone has something to say.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” leads the pack with a whopping 13 nominations. Other notable nominations include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Dunkirk.”

To talk about these and all the Oscar buzz is Bill Goodykoontz, film critic for the Arizona Republic and the USA Today Network.

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Sarah Ventre produces KJZZ’s two-hour daily program, The Show. Prior to working at KJZZ, she was a producer and editor at NPR headquarters in Washington for a number of shows, desks, podcasts and the national newscast. Her reporting ranges from understanding the relationship between faith, culture, and community among those who have left the FLDS church, to political implications of world music showcases at SXSW. Ventre’s work has been featured on Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, and on member station WAMU. Ventre also freelances for the Phoenix New Times, Bitch magazine, and several other publications. Ventre grew up in the Valley and is a founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Rock! Phoenix, which puts on a rock ’n’ roll camp for girls, trans, and gender nonconforming youths every summer. She also participates in live storytelling events, and occasionally performance art. Ventre holds a degree in anthropology from Arizona State University. She is always up for a good laugh or a great chile relleno, and is happy to have returned to her hometown to tell stories within her community.