Thompson on Hollywood

Check out Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue cover by Norman Jean Roy, complete with Robert Duvall, Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and a bevy of young stars on the rise, most noticeably Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Noomi Rapace.

Yes, while Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg and Harvey Weinstein are on the inside of the issue which has not yet hit stands, it does NOT include Cari Beauchamp's survey of the Hollywood trades in digital transition, because she was unwilling to turn it into a cliched smackdown among editrixes Sharon Waxman, Janice Min and Nikki Finke. (I'd like to see her exhaustively reported story show up somewhere else.)

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot, as well as a portrait gallery of this year's Oscar nominees.