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Oscar Talk Episode Eleven: Governors Awards, Tarantino, Holbrook, Docs

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 20, 2009 at 9:31AM

In the eleventh installment of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I have a go at last weekend's Governors Awards, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the documentary short list and Hal Holbrook's performance in That Evening Sun. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone assembles a bigger group to grapple with some of these and other questions.
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In the eleventh installment of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I have a go at last weekend's Governors Awards, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the documentary short list and Hal Holbrook's performance in That Evening Sun. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone assembles a bigger group to grapple with some of these and other questions.

On the jump, I've pasted Stone's useful breakdown of the different branches of the Academy. You can see how dramatically the actors branch dominates. Want to predict the Oscars correctly? Figure out how each of those branches will vote for the contenders. The producers, executives and publicists tend to be more mainstream, while the writers and directors are more upscale, and the different crafts appreciate the art of moviemaking in a different way. Then add up the numbers.

AMPAS Breakdown

Actors-1,222
Producers-462
Executives-436
Sound-411
Writers-388
Art Directors-373
Directors-375
Public Relations-370
Members at Large-254
Shorts/Feature Ani-335
Visual Effects-272
Music-233
Editors-227
Cinematographers-197
Documentary-145
Makeup-115


Total Voting Members -approx 6,000">

This article is related to: Directors, Awards, Oscars, Quentin Tarantino


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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.