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Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2010 at 5:11AM

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year's Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman's new pregnancy? What would it take to push Biutiful's Javier Bardem or I Am Love's Tilda Swinton into the race?
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In Contention's Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year's Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman's new pregnancy? What would it take to push Biutiful's Javier Bardem or I Am Love's Tilda Swinton into the race?

We examine the impact of the WGA's exclusion of eligibility for The King's Speech, Blue Valentine, Toy Story 3 and Winter's Bone, as well as the Oscar music branch's decision to exclude Carter Burwell's elegiac score for True Grit. Toy Story 3's Randy Newman never submits his scores, for some reason. With the WGA, DGA and PGA nominations coming up, we make fearless predictions of who will get DGA nods--will The Kids Are All Right's Lisa Cholodenko be spurned by the Steak Eaters?

We also cold call a surprise guest and giggle like schoolchildren.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Headliners, Stuck In Love, Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics Groups, Coens, David Fincher, Chris Nolan, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Tom Hooper, Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Andrew Garfield, Screenwriters


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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.