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Bening vs. Moore for First Oscar Win, Weisz Gets Promiscuous, Guardian's Genre Questions

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2010 at 8:20AM

- Not surprisingly, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore will both be pushed toward a Best Actress Oscar by The Kids Are All Right distributor Focus Features. If they are indeed both nominated, notes Deadline EW, The Kids Are All Right would be the sixth movie to have double nominees in this category: Thelma and Louise, Terms of Endearment, The Turning Point, Suddenly, Last Summer and All About Eve). Moore has been nominated four times; twice as supporting actress (The Hours in 2003, Boogie Nights in 1998) and twice for leading roles (Far From Heaven in 2003, The End of The Affair in 2000). Bening has three prior nominations; one supporting (The Grifters in 1991), two leading (American Beauty in 2000, Being Julia in 2005). Should either actress take home a statue in 2011, it will be their first.
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- Not surprisingly, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore will both be pushed toward a Best Actress Oscar by The Kids Are All Right distributor Focus Features. If they are indeed both nominated, notes Deadline EW, The Kids Are All Right would be the sixth movie to have double nominees in this category: Thelma and Louise, Terms of Endearment, The Turning Point, Suddenly, Last Summer and All About Eve). Moore has been nominated four times; twice as supporting actress (The Hours in 2003, Boogie Nights in 1998) and twice for leading roles (Far From Heaven in 2003, The End of The Affair in 2000). Bening has three prior nominations; one supporting (The Grifters in 1991), two leading (American Beauty in 2000, Being Julia in 2005). Should either actress take home a statue in 2011, it will be their first.

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- Psychosexual drama 360 will reunite director Fernando Meirelles and Rachel Weisz (who worked together on 2005's The Constant Gardener), reports Deadline. Based on the play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler, which has inspired many an adaptation (including the 1998 play The Blue Room by David Hare, in which Nicole Kidman starred in London, and the 1950 film La Ronde), 360 is set in Vienna and consists of a series of scenes (the original play has ten) of couples either pre or post-coital with one character from each scene following over into the next scene until the bodily fluids come full circle to the partner we left in the first scene. A modern take on this classic tale of promiscuity from Meirelles (City of God) should be worth the wait until the 2013.

- The Brits need help. On Friday their Guardian and Observer Film Season launches with the release of Film & Music's Film 100 power list - the 100 most influential people in determining what audiences see, which they are supplementing with lists of 25 top movies (according to their critics) for each of their seven designated genres (horror, comedy, crime, science fiction and fantasy, action and war, crime, and arthouse). But they also want to cover "the nitty-gritty" of these films, and pose the following questions to the masses: "What's the most inventive movie death in a horror movie?", "What's the most quotable pay-off line in an action film?", "What's the most perfectly constructed sight gag in a comedy film?", "Who are the most unlikely screen couple in a romance?", "What's the most outrageous prediction for the future made in a sci-fi film?", "What's the most flaw-ridden – but successful – crime scheme?", and "What's the best arthouse film that makes no sense whatsoever?"

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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.