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Media Update: Streep vs. Davis Interviews, Fincher, Mara, Pitt and Hill Do Charlie Rose, Masters vs. Damon

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2011 at 4:18PM

Meryl Streep charmed Morley Safer and viewers on "60 Minutes" (video below) and appears on the cover of Newsweek as the race for Best Actress shifts into high gear. It's hers to lose after 16 nominations and two wins, for "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" lo these many years ago. She tells Safer she gets tired of doing takes over and over, and annoyed when women like Thatcher are described as strong-minded. When are strong men described that way?
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Meryl Streep as Maggie Thatcher
Meryl Streep as Maggie Thatcher

Meryl Streep charmed Morley Safer and viewers on "60 Minutes" (video below) and appears on the cover of Newsweek as the race for Best Actress shifts into high gear. It's hers to lose after 16 nominations and two wins, for "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" lo these many years ago. She tells Safer she gets tired of doing takes over and over, and annoyed when women like Thatcher are described as strong-minded. When are strong men described that way?

Here's Streep's take on Thatcher's emotions:

She was canny about the fact that in order to be taken seriously, she wasn’t able to show certain emotions because she was a woman. Churchill could cry over everything, but if she cried it meant something else; it meant she wasn’t fit to be leader.

Meanwhile, Streep's costar and fellow Oscar nominee for "Doubt," Viola Davis, who could steal it from Dame Meryl with her performance in "The Help," shared her rags-to-riches story to Charlie Rose, a pivotal stop on the promotional Road to Oscar. "There was no room for error," she explains. 

Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara

Also on Charlie Rose were "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"'s David Fincher and Rooney Mara, who went to New York last week to do the rounds and a press junket, where The Playlist sat down with Fincher. And earlier, "Moneyball" campaigners Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Bennett Miller also did their thing around Rose's oak table.

Meanwhile Oscar polls are starting to solidify, although it's unlikely there will be ten best picture nominees. I'm betting there will be eight, as listed below by the Gurus 'O Gold prognosticators (which is not the same as mine). Here's Gold Derby's list.

Gurrus 'o Gold Top Eight:

1. The Artist
2.  The Descendants
3.   Hugo
4.  War Horse
5  The Help
6.  Midnight In Paris
7.  Moneyball
8. The Tree Of Life
 

Kim Masters don't do no fluff. When the THR staffer got Matt Damon in her sights during KCRW's "The Business," she got him to explain the whole "Bourne" controversy that erupted last week in GQ. And he did. It is not news that writer Tony Gilroy had been serving scripts to unfriendly director Paul Greengrass for some time, including the third installment, "Bourne: Ultimatum." While Damon is staying friendly with Greengrass (who gave him "Green Zone," lest we forget), Gilroy never promised more than one draft--the one that Damon, who won the Oscar with Ben Affleck for "Good Will Hunting," described as "a career-ender." (Damon later apologized for his GQ remarks.) Time to patch things up guys.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Media, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo


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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.