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Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2011 at 5:08AM

Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection.

Will the movies that have played well with adults and critics so far last through the awards season--Woody Allen's career-topping hit Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick's subdued The Tree of Life, Tom McCarthy's comedic Win Win and Cary Fukunaga's romantic Jane Eyre?

While it's too early, really, we speculate wildly about the films coming up in the fall and winter, from Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and current Oscar front-runner War Horse, to Martin Scorsese's unpredictable and retitled 3-D effort Hugo. Will David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Roman Polanski, Lars von Trier, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher or Bennett Miller enter the Oscar derby? The last three of those films are produced by Scott Rudin, and many fall contenders, per usual, are distributed by the Weinsteins or Sony Pictures Classics.

In the best actress category, do Tilda Swinton, Michelle Williams, or Kirsten Dunst have a prayer against heavyweights Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, attempting an Oscar comeback two decades after her Hollywood heyday? Check it out.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Oscars, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Jason Reitman, David Fincher, David Cronenberg, Toronto, Harry Potter, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Documentaries, Animation, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Keira Knightley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Lionsgate/Roadside, Weinsteins, Universal/Focus Features, Fox Searchlight


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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.