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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2011 at 4:12AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Independents, Studios, Exhibition, Oscars, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, NYFF, Animation, Action, Weinsteins, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, 3D


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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.