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Oscar Talk: Supporting Actor, 'Not Fade Away,' Biopics and Small Contenders

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2012 at 12:00PM

This week on Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I dig into the supporting actor category and the list of small films vying for some awards attention.
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'Not Fade Away'
'Not Fade Away'

This week on Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I dig into the supporting actor category and the list of small films vying for some awards attention.

We both find much to admire in David Chase's debut film, "Not Fade Away," which boasts a great roots rock soundtrack wrangled by Steve Van Zandt, but might not score any nominations. His "The Sopranos" co-star James Gandolfini has a shot at one, but he's also in two other films, "Killing Them Softly" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

We also answer a reader question about the long and the short of biopics--from "Lincoln" to "My Week with Marilyn" and "Hitchcock."

Listen to the podcast here.

This article is related to: Not Fade Away, The Sessions, Lincoln, Smashed


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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.