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Oscar Talk: Verdict on War Horse, Streep as Iron Lady, Theron as Young Adult, Animated Frontrunners

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 25, 2011 at 8:45PM

Oscar Talk: Verdict on War Horse, Streep as Iron Lady, Theron as Young Adult, Animated Frontrunners
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In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I discuss Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and Phyllida Lloyd's "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, as well as Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's "Young Adult," starring Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. We also plumb the heated race for Best Animated Feature, which is packed with sequels. We address why the documentary branch picks such strange "short lists." And we question the New York Film Critics Circle's pushed up voting date, which prevents them from seeing Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, John Lasseter, Animation, Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman, Jason Reitman


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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.