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Oscar Watch: Tarantino vs. Cameron vs. Bigelow vs. Reitman vs. Daniels

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2010 at 11:55AM

On the plane to Salt Lake City, I was listed A 01 on Southwest for the first time, like first class, and got out before they shut down some southern California flights due to high winds.
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On the plane to Salt Lake City, I was listed A 01 on Southwest for the first time, like first class, and got out before they shut down some southern California flights due to high winds.

I laughed out loud reading John Horn's five-director confab in the LAT--Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron and Lee Daniels. These are the DGA nominees and likely Oscar nominees on Feb. 2.

The Q & A reveals what can happen when you put competitive alpha males in a cage--and that includes Bigelow. They were all topping each other with tales of bravado, and Cameron won the day. (I'd bet on him in a game of Survivor.) Who can top pulling out an unloaded gun with the producer who wants to go over some script notes?

It's a wonder Horn got out alive.

[Photo courtesy LATimes]

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Independents, The Hurt Locker, Oscars, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Jason Reitman, Avatar


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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.