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Oscar Talk Episode 21: On the Campaign Trail

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 12, 2010 at 10:29AM

This week Kris Tapley and I cover Oscar activity at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and in town, and keep debating the best actress, actor, picture and director race. Does Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds have a fighting chance?
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Thompson on Hollywood

This week Kris Tapley and I cover Oscar activity at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and in town, and keep debating the best actress, actor, picture and director race. Does Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds have a fighting chance?

Last week's Oscar round-up:
MCN asked its Gurus ‘o Gold if their opinions had changed since the nominations.
Variety posted a rookie's guide to Oscar-nommed actors, while The Wrap considered "The Floral Graveyard” of post-nomination excitement. And fearless James Cameron is eager to mix it up with Avatar's right-wing critics.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Stuck In Love, Oscars, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Avatar, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Screenwriters


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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.