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Oscar Talk: 'Les Mis' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Are Powerful Contenders, Whither 'Django Unchained'?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2012 at 12:38PM

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I review the Oscar impact of post-9/11 CIA thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and soaring musical "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-Winning "The King's Speech."
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On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I review the Oscar impact of post-9/11 CIA thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and soaring musical "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-Winning "The King's Speech."

Both are strong competitors, we agree, though critics and audiences are still to weigh in. Next up this weekend: screenings start on Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited "Django Unchained" and Peter Jackson's less anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Gandolfini in Zero Dark Thirty
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We also delve into the incredibly competitive documentary feature race, picking our frontrunners. (I review "Zero Dark Thirty" and cover Q & A here; more in my Oscar Predicts chart.)

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Tom Hooper, Django Unchained, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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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.