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Oscar Talk Episode 21: On the Campaign Trail

Oscar Talk Episode 21:  On the Campaign Trail
This week Kris Tapley and I cover Oscar activity at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and in town, and keep debating the best actress, actor, picture and director race. Does Up in the Air or Inglourious Basterds have a fighting chance?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2010 10:29 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Panels, Up in the Air Wins Scripter Award

Sometimes I find myself covering so many things that I don't write about them right away. A case in point: my weekend trip to Santa Barbara. I'm still writing up the Sandra Bullock tribute and haven't transcribed my writers panel, which went well even without Quentin Tarantino, who did turn up the following day for Peter Bart's director's panel (clips below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 2:14 AM
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Oscar Duel: Has Quentin Tarantino Produced a Legacy of Greatness?

Oscar Duel: Has Quentin Tarantino Produced a Legacy of Greatness?
During a public appearance in London last month, Quentin Tarantino told the audience that with Inglourious Basterds, he is now an auteur; he has established a body of work that can be analyzed as a whole and as a product of his unique vision. Recalling his experiences watching the films of Howard Hawks, he said: "My aim is that some kid in 50 years time has the same experience with me and my films." In this dueling blog, Moviefone's Jack Mathews and I debate whether QT's films actually form a body of work or remain a work in progress. 


  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 7:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells

Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells
It was a ten-year journey for animator Tomm Moore, who was as shocked as anyone when, after submitting his first feature The Secret of Kells at the last possible minute, the 95% hand-drawn film earned an Annie nomination (the only indie film to do so) followed by an Oscar nomination for best animated feature (beating out movies from Disney, Fox, Sony and DreamWorks).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 4:28 AM
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Saturday Night Live Does Oscar Nominations

Saturday Night Live Does Oscar Nominations
[Hat Tip: @AwardsDaily]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2010 7:46 AM
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Oscar Watch: Academy Rules on Best Picture Producers

The Academy has ruled on the remaining two best picture nominees' producer credits. They like to limit them to three (hence the Crash imbroglio that eliminated angry financeer Bob Yari). But in this case, The Blind Side has three, The Hurt Locker, four.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2010 3:33 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Opener, Bullock, Cameron, Panels

I'm in Santa Barbara for its 25th film fest: 196 films, 18 world premieres, 28 U.S. premieres and a program from 45 countries. The festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 14. Per usual, I'm ensconced in a twee bungalow at the Simpson House--sweet muffins on arrival, Laura Ashley decor, fringed pillows and lamp shades, white venetian blinds, stone fireplace, hot tub, soft bed, classical music.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2010 2:40 AM
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Vanity Fair's Leibovitz Shoots Directors and Stars

At their best, the photos in Annie Leibovitz's 2010 Hollywood photo gallery capture feelings between the movie directors and their stars. This one of Quentin Tarantino and straight man Christoph Waltz--who will get an Oscar, even if his boss does not---is my favorite.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2010 1:31 AM
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Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens

Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens
It was great to see some new faces on Charlie Rose Tuesday night analyzing the Oscar nominations. Along with usual suspect A.O. Scott (critic for the NYT and At the Movies), Rose interviewed perky Columbia prof Annette Insdorf and two on-line critics, Louise Brooks-lookalike Dana Stevens (Slate) and Salon's red-maned Stephanie Zacharek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 6:12 AM
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