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Best of the Week: Indie Spirit Noms Shake Up Awards Race, Things I Learned at First 'American Hustle' Screening, Oscar Contender Interviews and More

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2013 at 2:39PM

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in "American Hustle"
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in "American Hustle"

The top stories of the week from TOH!

Awards:

Documentary Nominations Roundup: Which Films Are Leading the Pack?

Indie Spirit Nominees, Frontrunners, Disappointments, Oscar Impact: "12 Years a Slave," "Nebraska," "All Is Lost" Lead the Pack

Box Office:

"Philomena" Off to Strong Start, "Nebraska" Second Weekend Lags

Weekend Top Ten: "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" Take Off

Features:

50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination: Why It Was Only Lee Harvey Oswald Who Shot President Kennedy (VIDEO)

"Best Man Holiday," "Black Nativity" and "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" Join Banner Year for Black Filmmakers

Crafts Roundup: The Year of Cinematographers Capturing Turmoil On Screen

Happy Thanksgiving! Ten Dysfunctional Family Films to Bring You All Together -- Or Not

On Landing My First Job in the Business on Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets"

Interviews:

After Years in Shadow, Indie Spirit Nominee "20 Years from Stardom" Lets Backup Singers Take Center Stage (UPDATED)

Breaking Down How "Catching Fire" Became a Record-Breaking Blockbuster

Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from "American Hustle" to "Out of the Furnace"

Composer Nicholas Britell Talks the Powerful Spiritual-Field Songs in "12 Years a Slave"

Emma Thompson Talks Oscars, Herpes, "Saving Mr. Banks," and Talking Back to Ang Lee in "A Life in Pictures" BAFTA Q&A

Emmanuel Lubezki Talks the Virtual Cinematography of "Gravity," How a Peter Gabriel Concert Helped Him Visualize the Film and More

The Liberation of Harrison Ford, Character Actor: "It's risky every time you go out" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

News:

"Charlie Countryman" and "Wolf of Wall Street" Make Sex Scene Trims for R Rating; Evan Rachel Wood Vents Against MPAA

Things I Learned at the First Screening of David O. Russell's "American Hustle"

Weinsteins Go New Media with "August: Osage County" as Streep Limits Press Access, Pursue Awards Influencers in New Way (STREEP TALKS VIDEO)

Reviews:

Book Review: "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck," at 1000 Pages, Builds a Living Thing

Indie Spirit Nominated "After Tiller" Is an Observant, Even-Handed Portrait of the Country's Remaining Third-Trimester Abortion Doctors

Indie Spirit Nominated "Crystal Fairy": Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffmann Take a Psychoactive Voyage

This Holiday Weekend, See Musicals "Black Nativity" and "Frozen"

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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.