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Oscar Watch: 'Argo' Director Affleck & Editor Goldenberg Talk Reality vs. Comedy (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2012 at 2:27PM

"I maybe have matured," Affleck says of his pursuit of smart quality modest-budget movies--he calls $44-million Mideast thriller "Argo" "a labor of love"-- designed to stand the test of time like the 70s classics he reveres.

Prolific composer Alexandre Desplat could also be in contention for "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Rust and Bone," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Rise of the Guardians." But last year he did not land a nomination for any of his nine films, including "The Ides of March," "The Tree of Life," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and the final "Harry Potter." But does the "Argo" score work for the movie? Yes. It's a careful enhancement of what is on screen without being overly manipulative. "We didn't want to point to things," says Goldenberg. "Or Hollywoodize it."

Exactly. Affleck reminds Hollywood of what the studios should be aiming for as a matter of course. Luring moviegoers back to theaters with quality movies should not be the exception that proves the rule.

Kim Masters interviews Affleck on KCRW here. LAT feature here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.