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Oscar Talk: Gauging the Nominations

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 10, 2014 at 12:51PM

Kris Tapley of In Contention and I go over the Guild votes in advance of the Oscar nominations next week. Where are we? Is "American Hustle" the crowdpleaser with momentum to take this win? Are there enough passionate votes for "12 Years a Slave."
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Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in "American Hustle"
Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in "American Hustle"
'12 Years a Slave'
'12 Years a Slave'

In this month's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley of In Contention and I go over the Guild votes in advance of the Oscar nominations next week. Where are we? Is "American Hustle" the crowdpleaser with momentum to take this win? Are there enough passionate votes for "12 Years a Slave"?  

Can "Gravity" stay in frontrunner contention? Or is "Captain Phillips" the stronger candidate? Are "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Philomena" the little indies that could? Did the "Wolf of Wall Street" debate help or hurt its Oscar chances? 

We lay out where we see the top ten Best Picture contenders, for better or worse. 

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Oscars


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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.