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Time Magazine Boosts Tilda Swinton's Oscar Profile

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2011 at 4:29PM

One crucial differential in a competitive Oscar race--like the one for best actress--is to be a media darling. It's that simple. Tilda Swinton gives another enigmatic performance in the strangely off-putting Lynne Ramsay drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which has been earning critical raves since its debut in Cannes.
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Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk about Kevin"
BBC Films Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk about Kevin"

One crucial differential in a competitive Oscar race--like the one for best actress--is to be a media darling. It's that simple. Tilda Swinton gives yet another enigmatic performance in the strangely off-putting Lynne Ramsay drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which has been earning critical raves since its debut in Cannes. A striking beauty with androgynous overtones, Swinton is a photographers's fave, too, which is one reason why Time Magazine gave her a major takeout this week. Time's Catherine Mayer says the Scottish actress "is Buster Keaton as much as Lilian Gish."

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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.