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Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2011 at 4:21AM

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.
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In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.

Other movies and contenders we discussed include: Anonymous, Shame, A Dangerous Method, Jean Dujardin, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Christopher Plummer, Barrymore, The Lady, 50/50, Rampart, W.E., The Deep Blue Sea, and more.

Here's the podcast.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Headliners, Independents, Oscars, Toronto, Telluride, Brad Pitt, Weinsteins


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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.