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Oscar Talk Episode 20: Parsing the Noms, Blind Side and Surprises

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 2, 2010 at 10:35AM

While Kris Tapley and I were prepared for today's Academy Award nominations, a few things caught us by surprise. We discuss today's news and forecast where the Oscar race is heading: from Avatar vs. Hurt Locker to Bullock, Streep, those Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air.
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While Kris Tapley and I were prepared for today's Academy Award nominations, a few things caught us by surprise. We discuss today's news and forecast where the Oscar race is heading: from Avatar vs. Hurt Locker to Bullock, Streep, those Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air.

UPDATE: To clarify my comment about The Hurt Locker adding to its gross post-nominations, while Summit released The Hurt Locker on DVD on January 12 (which helped to support their awards effort), they are re-releasing the best picture nominee on over 100 screens this weekend.


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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.