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Oscar Talk Episode Fourteen: James Cameron's Avatar

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 11, 2009 at 8:41AM

Yes, Kris Tapley and I saw James Cameron's Avatar Thursday night at the Mann Chinese 6 with a house full of eager critics, from David Ansen and Scott Foundas to Karina Longworth and Andy Klein. Kris and I were both wowed by it (here's my review) and devoted the entire podcast to Avatar and its Oscar chances. It will land noms for best picture and director (not acting or screenwriting), and a slew of technicals. And the other VFX hopefuls can pack up and go home, basically. Weta and Joe Letteri will be on the stage on Oscar night.
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Yes, Kris Tapley and I saw James Cameron's Avatar Thursday night at the Mann Chinese 6 with a house full of eager critics, from David Ansen and Scott Foundas to Karina Longworth and Andy Klein. Kris and I were both wowed by it (here's my review) and devoted the entire podcast to Avatar and its Oscar chances. It will land noms for best picture and director (not acting or screenwriting), and a slew of technicals. And the other VFX hopefuls can pack up and go home, basically. Weta and Joe Letteri will be on the stage on Oscar night.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Oscars, James Cameron, Avatar, Sci-fi


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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.