Oscar Talk

In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," performance capture vs. animation. Will animators support it? We think visual effects is a stronger, well-deserved shot.

In the best actress race, is Viola Davis going to stay ahead of Meryl Streep, whose "The Iron Lady" is starting to screen?

I enjoyed the Academy Governors Awards, honoring Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith ("The Exorcist"), which Kris covered via Twitter and wishes were live-streamed. On the subject, we debate "J. Edgar"'s makeup vs. "The Iron Lady" and the use of prosthetic vs. digital makeup.

While "J. Edgar" has been slammed by critics, which will dampen its Oscar hopes, new opener "The Descendants" is at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes: we take stock of the current Oscar frontrunner. I think Christopher Plummer is the frontrunner for "Beginners," Kris isn't so sure. And we wonder where "The Ides of March" is now.