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Oscar Watch: Entertainment Weekly's Annual Oscar Issue - Snubs, Shocks, Surprises

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 26, 2012 at 10:31PM

Entertainment Weekly's Annual Oscar Issue breaks down the nominees, throws down some surprising predictions, gives tribute to the shocking snubs, and adds insights on what you might have missed. (Another amusing way to catch up: LA Times' The Envelope's interactive cheat sheet.)
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Entertainment Weekly's Annual Oscar Issue breaks down the nominees, throws down some surprising predictions, gives tribute to the shocking snubs, and adds insights on what you might have missed. (Another amusing way to catch up: LA Times' The Envelope's interactive cheat sheet.)

TOH's predictions chart also places "The Artist" at the top for Best Picture, while EW goes for Best Director Michel Hazanavicius as well. While "Hugo" took more overall nominations, in a field with many strong contenders, Best Picture frequently heads to the underdog (example: "The Hurt Locker," "Million Dollar Baby," "A Beautiful Mind"). Of the other tightest race, Best Actress, EW's Dave Karger joins TOH in calling Viola Davis over Meryl Streep "but only by a hair." We also agree on Best Actor George Clooney in "The Descendants."  

For comparison Gurus o' Gold also chose "The Artist" ass Best Picture, Clooney for Best Actor, and Davis for Best Actress.

EW highlights that it's a good year to be French; two best picture nominees are set in the City of Lights, "Hugo" as well as "Midnight in Paris,"  and "The Artist" cast and crew is skews French. Oddly, there is no French representation in Best Foreign Language Film, as Sundance title "Declaration of War" didn't make the final five.

EW points out one notable snub: "Cars 2" is the first Pixar film not to be nominated for an Oscar since the "Best Animated Feature" category was established in 2001. Six of the eight Pixar films nominated in the past 11 years won the Oscar.  And for some interesting historical context: "The Artist" is the first silent film in 83 to be nominated for an Oscar, the last to win was "Wings" which picked up the first Best Picture statue ever distributed. 

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Woody Allen


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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.