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.
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:
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]