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Oscar Talk, Episode 8: This is It, Hosts, Best Actor, Precious, Prophet

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2009 at 9:59AM

During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of potential Oscarcast hosts.
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During this week's Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the Best Actor category (we disagree on Matt Damon), discuss Precious and Mo'Nique, assess the music branch's spotty nominating track record, agree on the excellence of French Oscar submission A Prophet and mull the pool of potential Oscarcast hosts.

Kris reviews Michael Jackson's This Is It, which I missed on my London sojourn. Yes, I could have gone to the theater this weekend, but I confess that I am an ardent Yankee fan. I do want to see it, especially since it's garnering decent reviews and solid if not earth-shattering box office. Luckily, demand (and the fact that Sony will not be able to release a Christmas DVD) means that Sony will extend the run. UPDATE: The Academy screening on Sunday afternoon was packed; the crowd was over the moon for this movie, applauding after each song. The picture wasn't released early enough to be eligible for a doc nom. Hmmm.

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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.