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.