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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 30, 2014 at 4:36PM

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
Mike Mills and Melena Ryzik
Mike Mills ("Beginners") and Melena Ryzik ("The Carpetbagger") at the Indie Spirits Brunch.
Cara Buckley
Cara Buckley

To his credit, David Carr started the Carpetbagger blog at The New York Times. He had fun figuring out blogging, red carpet videos and making valuable Hollywood connections, but after a few years of seasonal awards coverage he returned to his esteemed weekly Media Equation column and passed the Carpetbagger baton to Melena Ryzik. She in turn has finally burned out on the gig and will stick with general news and features. Now the award season blog goes to metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley. 

“As a new addition to the department, Cara has already made many of her inimitable talents known, expertly interviewing several of this year’s nominees while doggedly covering the scuttlebutt of the 2014 race,” NYT culture editor Danielle Mattoon wrote in a memo. 

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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.