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Oscar Talk: Streep vs. Davis, Prosthetic vs. Digital Makeup, Performance Capture vs. Animation, Close vs. McTeer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2011 at 1:31PM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Awards, Oscars, Awards, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio


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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.