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Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 3, 2010 at 6:41AM

I'm plotting my Oscar-week course of action. I must decide which parties and panels and events to cover, and which stories to write when and how. Last year at the Oscar red carpet bleachers I live-blogged in evening garb from my place on a bench with the likes of A.P., Reuters, LAT, and the London Daily Mail, several rows back from the front, took red carpet photos with my Nikon, scrambled down in high heels to the hedge to shoot flip cam interviews, and managed to get out with all my gear except my little black notebook, which was never found.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I'm plotting my Oscar-week course of action. I must decide which parties and panels and events to cover, and which stories to write when and how. Last year at the Oscar red carpet bleachers I live-blogged in evening garb from my place on a bench with the likes of A.P., Reuters, LAT, and the London Daily Mail, several rows back from the front, took red carpet photos with my Nikon, scrambled down in high heels to the hedge to shoot flip cam interviews, and managed to get out with all my gear except my little black notebook, which was never found.

This year I'll send BlackBerry text to indieWIRE and they'll post them as blog posts. And then I'll go backstage and live blog from the interview room the way I did the Golden Globes, one ear on the show and another on the winners trooping through. Then to the parties. So far I plan to attend pre-Oscar fetes this week for The Cove and Precious, the Women in Film party at the Peter and Linda Guber manse, the Friday night Independent Spirit Awards (which is throwing everyone into a tizzy regarding appropriate attire for downtown night--as opposed to daytime Santa Monica beach), Saturday's foreign film panel and the Weinstein Co. party Saturday night. On Sunday after the Oscar show I hope to cover the Governor's Ball, and assume that Fox and Searchlight will have enough Avatar and Crazy Heart wins to expand their Oscar night viewing party to a proper post-Oscar fete.

UPDATE: A.P. reports from Hollywood Boulevard on the set-up for the big day. After I collected my credential at Hollywood and Highland today, I ran into last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon in the parking lot. Was he providing another set of eyes? He said he was taking a look at the set.

A wrap of the week's best Oscar pieces is on the jump:

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I recommend buying EW's fat 20th anniversary issue, complete with Oscar picks and tons of retrospective photos.

EW looks at the Hurt Locker backlash. AOL Moviefone, The Wrap and the LAT report on the latest news of a lawsuit filed by a bomb defuser accusing writer Mark Boal, nominated for best original screenplay, of stealing his identity.

Sacha Baron Cohen lays off James Cameron.

The Oscars go spiritual argues Steve Pond.

Awards Daily looks at The State of the Race and The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner.

Looking back at Oscar's biggest goof.

War movies and the Oscars: It's always hell.


This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Stuck In Love, Oscars, Indie Spirits, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Avatar, Screenwriters


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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.