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Oscar Talk: Spielberg's Tintin, Gothams, NY vs. LA Critics Votes, Animation and Foreign Debates

by Anne Thompson
October 21, 2011 4:00 AM
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In Contention's British correspondent Guy Lodge reports on his viewing of The Adventures of Tintin during this week's Oscar Talk with Kris Tapley. "The action sequences are more fluid," Lodge says, than anything else in Steven Spielberg's work. A downhill chase through the streets of Morocco is "jaw dropping...it's such a ride." We debate how the Academy's animation branch will regard this motion capture adventure. Is Spielberg an interloper in their ranks? Will the mainstream Academy take the movie, which has been compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark, seriously? (Here's TOH's London review.)

We also look at the sequels vying for an animation nomination and vehemently debate whether there should be three or five slots for such a small field of eligible films. We also cover the impact on indie contenders included or omitted from New York's Gotham Award nominations; discuss the moved-up date changes for the New York Film Critics, and subsequent pressure to screen films before they vote November 28. Lodge has seen many of the foreign film contenders, including Sony Pictures Classics' contenders Where Do We Go Now, A Separation and In Darkness. Is Mexico's Miss Bala too gritty for the mainstream voters?

Here's the podcast.

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