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Oscar Talk: Animation, Directors, Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Alice in Wonderland, Fair Game

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2010 at 3:52AM

Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about some low-profile films that may not make it into the race--including Solitary Man, Welcome to the Rileys--and whether Michael Douglas has a chance. We rate the three strong Andrew Garfield performances of the year: Red Riding Trilogy, Never Let Me Go, The Social Network.
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Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about some low-profile films that may not make it into the race--including Solitary Man, Welcome to the Rileys--and whether Michael Douglas has a chance. We rate the three strong Andrew Garfield performances of the year: Red Riding Trilogy, Never Let Me Go, The Social Network.

We ask, is it possible, with ten best picture nominees, for a lone director to get a nod when his (usually male, I know) film does not? Mike Leigh (Another Year) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) are possibilities. We debate the animated top three: after Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon, will it be The Illusionist, or Despicable Me? We don't think Disney's campaign for Alice in Wonderland will yield more than well-deserved technical nods. We both like Fair Game, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, but don't see too much Oscar action for it.


This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Oscars, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Wall Street, Andrew Garfield


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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.