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Oscar Watch: Hollywood Issues

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2009 at 2:02AM

Each February, as the Oscars approach, special Hollywood issues roll out, and party planning kicks into gear. (The Vanity Fair party is back after last year's Writers Strike hiatus; and Madonna and Demi Moore are throwing their Oscar party again.) And for some of us, Oscar fatigue sets in: how many more pieces can we read about these people? I did my first interviews with Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke back in September.
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Winsletnyt-600Each February, as the Oscars approach, special Hollywood issues roll out, and party planning kicks into gear. (The Vanity Fair party is back after last year's Writers Strike hiatus; and Madonna and Demi Moore are throwing their Oscar party again.) And for some of us, Oscar fatigue sets in: how many more pieces can we read about these people? I did my first interviews with Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke back in September.

At least the NYT's Lynn Hirschberg tries a new tack, providing a narration track for the online version of the NYT's annual
Oscar photo spread, including Winslet as one of eight performers of the year. If Mickey Rourke doesn't win Oscar night, it won't be for lack of trying. He's done way more press than Sean Penn.

For the March Vanity Fair, photographer Annie Leibovitz not only shot cover subject Barack Obama (no Hollywood cover this year) but a series of movie partnerships that yielded not only Oscar contenders (Danny Boyle and Dev Patel, Sean Penn and Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen and Penelope Cruz, Mickey Rourke and Darren Aronofsky, Meryl Streep and John Patrick Shanley, Chris Nolan and Heath Ledger) but some also-rans as well (Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet, Baz Luhrmann and Nicole Kidman) who nonetheless yielded great photos. And there's behind-the-scenes video, too:

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Los Angeles Magazine features cover girl Kate Winslet, while the much-improved glossy LAT Mag boasts Anne Hathaway on the cover (after the Calendar ran an "it girl" feature on her back in November) and the likes of Ron Howard, Steve Martin and David Steinberg on the inside.

[Photo of Kate Winslet courtesy The New York Times]

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Headliners, On the Town, Oscars, Danny Boyle, Woody Allen


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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.