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Oscar Talk: from 'Skyfall' to AFI FEST's 'Hitchcock'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2012 at 6:16PM

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, "Skyfall," which could yield a few technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock," which opened the AFI FEST Thurday night. We preview what's coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.
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Scarlett Johansson in "Hitchcock"
Scarlett Johansson in "Hitchcock"

In tnis week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, "Skyfall," which could yield a bunch of technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock," which opened the AFI FEST Thursday night. (My longer review here.) We preview what's coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.

We also look into the impact of Disney's purchase of LucasFilm. We agree that Warner Bros. did well allowing "Argo" to build word-of-mouth during a weak marketplace. And even without the year-end films having screened as yet, we agree that it's been a strong year so far. 

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Hitchcock, Skyfall, Sam Mendes, John Logan


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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.