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Oscar Watch: Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 10, 2011 at 12:32PM

Hitfix posts the first image from Oscar perennial Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, showing a sweet moment between Manhattan father and son Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who later searches for messages from his father following the September 11th disaster. Recent Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock plays Horn's mother.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Hitfix posts the first image from Oscar perennial Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, showing a sweet moment between Manhattan father and son Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who later searches for messages from his father following the September 11th disaster. Recent Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock plays Horn's mother.

Sight unseen, this movie is one of the front-runners for the Oscar, and is breaking at year's end, Christmas, just before the other perceived leader of the pack, Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Neither of the films is expected to be finished soon enough to go to any festivals: Venice, Telluride and Toronto will sift through the long list of potential contenders. The survivors with the right stuff will go up against the mighty Spielberg and Daldry's year-end question marks.

Daldry has been nominated for a Best Director Oscar for each of his three films: Billy Elliott, The Hours, and The Reader. Like the upcoming adaptation from Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel, the latter two were also adapted from critically acclaimed books. The Scott Rudin-produced film, which also stars James Gandolfini and Viola Davis, will open limited at Christmas and expand nationally on January 20, 2012.

This article is related to: Awards, Headliners, Studios, First Look, Oscars, Warner Bros./New Line


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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.