Thompson on Hollywood

On Oscar Talk 23, Kris Tapley and I chew over the last phase of this year's Oscar campaigns and issues surrounding the email misstep by rookie The Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier and any impact it could have on the race. We both have problems with the preferential ballot process, as Academy members try to figure it out.

And we debate documentary features (The Cove vs. Which Way Home) and shorts (The Last Truck vs. Rabbit a la Berlin) and live action shorts (The New Tenant and The Door vs. Kavi) and foreign films (The White Ribbon vs. A Prophet). And I explain why I keep flip-flopping on Bullock vs. Streep. It's a close race, in my humble opinion. Kris disagrees.

And here's a shocker: Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau has been turned down by the Academy, twice! How can this be?