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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now? The Artist, Descendants, Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud, War Horse

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2011 at 12:06PM

This week in Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I survey the awards terrain following key votes from the LA film critics, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, which all have different impact but show us where the field is at this moment. We know where the actors are--"The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," et al. But SAG and the Academy, while they overlap, are different. Things can change.
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This week in Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I survey the awards terrain following key votes from the LA film critics, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, which all have different impact but show us where the field is at this moment. We know where the actors are--"The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," et al. But SAG and the Academy, while they overlap, are different. Things can change.

We finally get into David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which we debate heatedly as a movie (my review here) but agree is not an Oscar contender in the main categories. Yes, timing and momentum is everything. But who won and lost on that front? "The Artist" opened at Cannes but has yet to peak. "The Descendants" opened at Telluride but seems to be hanging back a tad. What about critics' faves "Hugo" and "The Tree of Life?" Did "War Horse" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" break too late?

Here's the podcast.

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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.