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Oscar Talk: What Do Recent Guild Nominees Tell Us About Oscar Race?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2012 at 12:36PM

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I pore over the latest Guild nominations from the producers, writers and art directors. What do we decide? Maybe Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is weaker than we once thought, and David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is stronger.
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In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I pore over the latest Guild nominations from the producers, writers and art directors. What do we decide? Maybe Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is weaker than we once thought, and David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is stronger. Does oft-ignored critics' fave "The Tree of Life" still have an Academy shot? And we continue to debate Oscar prospects for sturdy comedy contender "Bridesmaids." It's popular, but will it go all the way?

And we make our fearless Directors Guild predictions--which may still not be the same as the final Oscar five. We'll see how we did next week.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars


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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.