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Oscar Talk: Spielberg's War Horse, My Week with Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Scorsese's Hugo

by Anne Thompson
October 14, 2011 4:12 AM
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In this week's Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn, which I saw at the New York Film Festival and the Weinsteins have moved to Thanksgiving. "You see a lot working behind those eyes," says Tapley. We agree Williams will make the top five for best actress.

I also report on Martin Scorsese's work-in-progress Hugo and my lunch with 3-D missionary James Cameron. Hugo may inspire nominations in Academy tech categories, but may be too geared toward cinephiles, as a love letter to early cinema, and may not be commercial. "It's a very expensive art film," I suggest.

We debate how Academy voters weigh against genre with such films as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rise of Planet of the Apes, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Here's the podcast.


  • Lack of Screen Presence | November 28, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    Michelle is not the one stealing the show in this movie.
    If it were not for Eddie Redmayne Michelle would have failed so miserably that no critic would have given her the time of day. Her performance barely makes this a movie worth anything and
    certainly not oscar worthy.

  • Nooneimportant | October 17, 2011 3:49 AMReply

    I think you are right Jen! I got the same feeling about Kris having doubts about Williams will be able to make the top five too.
    Anne, now I am hearing that Oliva Coleman is a threat to Michelle Wiiliams. what's your take on that since u got to watch both movies? Thank you

  • Jen | October 17, 2011 1:43 AMReply

    I'm pretty sure Kris didn't agree that Williams' will make the top 5. He had his doubts. But I do agree with you Anne, it's a performance that is Oscar-worthy.

  • Rob | October 15, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    I love your pushing of 'Jane Eyre' I just saw it on DVD and I loved it.

  • Anne Thompson | October 14, 2011 8:11 AMReply

    My Week with Marilyn is actually a fun movie to watch; it's not a critics' picture, more of a crowd-pleaser. It's accessible, entertaining, and mainstream in a period Brit Weinstein Co. kind of way. And Williams is playing Monroe!

  • nooneimportant | October 14, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    Anne, Concerning my week with Marilyn, Do you think the movie will go wide on Nov 23?
    Since people can't stand the movie, however majority of the people liked Michelle's performance. Do you think it will hurt her chance of a nomination?
    I read in a few blogs, they think Williams is still in the running. Thank you Anne.

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