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Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt Make TV Appearances on Road to Oscars (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 16, 2013 at 3:38PM

Movie stars do TV interviews in front of their movies, and Sandra Bullock, a frontrunner for Best Actress for "Gravity," and Brad Pitt, the producer and supporting star of "12 Years a Slave," are no exception, charming their interlocutors (Jay Leno and Ann Curry, respectively) and hopefully a smattering of Oscar voters at the same time.
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Movie stars do the talk shows in front of their movies, and Sandra Bullock, a frontrunner for Best Actress for "Gravity," and Brad Pitt, the producer and supporting star of "12 Years a Slave," are no exception, charming their interviewers (Jay Leno and Ann Curry, respectively) and hopefully a smattering of Oscar voters at the same time. "It's one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity," says Pitt, in long-hair mode. "This one will have continuing impact."

Meanwhile Michael Fassbender, who went all out on campaigning for Steve McQueen's "Shame," says he will not do that again for "12 Years a Slave." Well, it worked for Martin Scorsese and Mo'Nique when they did it. It could work for Fassbender too.


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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.