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Pre-Toronto Gurus 'O Gold

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 3, 2009 at 5:53AM

The old Gurus 'O Gold gang is back, 16 strong. We first selected 15 top contenders, given that the Academy voters will be choosing ten this year. It's all meaningless really, until more of them have been seen. You're just voting on track record and elements. Telluride and Toronto will start to tell that tale. Whether or not a studio will even attempt to launch a serious campaign will be determined by the fest reaction. Awards marketing budgets are tight this year.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The old Gurus 'O Gold gang is back, 16 strong. We first selected 15 top contenders, given that the Academy voters will be choosing ten this year. It's all meaningless really, until more of them have been seen. You're just voting on track record and elements. Telluride and Toronto will start to tell that tale. Whether or not a studio will even attempt to launch a serious campaign will be determined by the fest reaction. Awards marketing budgets are tight this year.

Not surprisingly, The Hurt Locker leads the pack (which is not always good news), followed by Clint Eastwood's Invictus, Rob Marshall's Nine, Pete Docter's Up, Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, two Sundance hits, Lee Daniels' Precious and Lone Scherfig's An Education, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, Jane Campion's Bright Star and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man. At this stage, that's about where we are.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow, Toronto, Telluride


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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.