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.[1]

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