Richard Lawson (@rilaws on Twitter) is a film critic, and currently writes for Vanity Fair. He is also the co-host of the awards podcast Little Gold Men, with fellow film critics and awards obsessives Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Joanna Robinson.
Lawson is one of the most frequent guests on the Blank Check podcast and has now joined the Blank Check Seven-Timers Club, having been featured on the Lady in the Water, Vanilla Sky, Saving Private Ryan, K-19: The Widowmaker, Spanglish, Home Again, and Big Eyes episodes. He refers to many of the actors in the films they cover -- particularly Saving Private Ryan -- as "his boys" due to his current or former infatuation with them (though he does not brand them as such like other past and future guest Karen Han.)
He is openly gay.
Lawson was included in the March Madness 2021 Guest Bracket, choosing the number 5 seed Wolfgang Peterson. He won his first round against JD Amato's pick Jacques Tati, but was absolutely trounced in round 2 by Karen Han's number 1 seed Gore Verbinski. After his defeat, his Little Gold Men cohost (and round 1 Guest Bracket loser) Katey Rich tweeted her sympathies, asking if their listeners would appreciate "a 5- month Wolfgang Petersen/Kelly Reichardt tribute."  He responded simply: "Air First Cow." 
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