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Oscar Talk Episode 23: Last Phase Tricky Campaign and Voting Issues

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 26, 2010 at 9:22AM

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.
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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?

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Headliners, Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep


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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.