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Five Points from Newsweek's Oscar Roundtable: Clooney, Plummer & Davis Joined by Snubbed Fassbender, Theron & Swinton

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 2, 2012 at 4:25PM

For your consideration: Five points made by Newsweek's opinionated Oscar roundtable (which included nominees Christopher Plummer, Viola Davis and George Clooney, as well as snubbed thespians Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton)...
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For your consideration: Five points made by Newsweek's opinionated Oscar roundtable (which included nominees Christopher Plummer, Viola Davis and George Clooney, as well as snubbed thespians Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton). Under editor Tina Brown, Newsweek edited the actors' considerable wit and wisdom to highlight each reference to Fassbender's penis, Theron's sailor talk and Clooney's charm.

1. Plummer wants to point out: Cosmo, the Jack Russell terrier from "Beginners," is totally being overshadowed by Uggie from "The Artist." "We had the better dog," he states.

2. Almost all of the actors are able to recall where their first tingling sensation came from at the movies: "Body Heat" (Theron), "Last Tango in Paris" (Clooney), "Ecstasy" (Plummer), "Nashville" (Davis) and "Wonder Woman" (Fassbender).

3. Theron reminds Davis--who reminds there are far too few roles for a middle-aged black actress in white-male-centric Hollywood--that she is "hot as shit."

4. Clooney says correct casting makes everything easier; Plummer agrees: "That is where you find the best director. That is half the battle. At least then they're comfortable. Their job is almost over."

5. Swinton, amidst it all: "I'm sitting here listening to real actors talk about real methods, and I'm thinking that once again I'm an interloper." Why did she give away her Best Supporting Actress Oscar (for "Michael Clayton")? Watch below.
 

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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.