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Oscar Talk: 'Cloud Atlas,' "Argo,' 'The Master,' 'Lincoln' Momentum, Screenwriting: 'Looper' vs. 'Avengers,' Doc Race Changes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 26, 2012 at 12:19PM

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I dig into the screenwriting race. As usual, adapted is super-competitive. Does "Looper" have a chance in the always weak original category?
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On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I dig into the screenwriting race. As usual, adapted is super-competitive. Does "Looper" have a chance in the always weak original category?

We assess momentum for several key best picture contenders: "Argo" boasts a full head of steam while "The Master" is losing ground. Can "Lincoln,""Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained" and "Les Mis" catch up?

We look at the changes in the doc Oscar rules and the IDA nominations --what hath Michael Moore wrought? Will "Skyfall" be relegated to tech categories, like "Bourne"? (We will discuss the new Bond film further next week.)

The podcast is here.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Lincoln, Argo, The Master, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Looper


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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.