OSCAR TALK: Ep. 2 — ‘Up in the Air,’ disagreeing on ‘The Road’ and Toronto looms

Posted by · 10:14 am · September 11th, 2009

Oscar TalkWelcome to the second installment of Oscar Talk with yours truly and indieWIRE‘s Anne Thompson.  We tried to set aside some time in Telluride to do one of these, but time never seemed to permit.

Anne is in Toronto this week, and, at the time of this recording (yesterday, so all “todays” and “tomorrows” should be re-purposed accordingly), was gearing up for a screening of Jon Amiel’s “Creation.”

We tightened things up slightly this time, clocking in at just over 25 minutes.  Here are a few of the topics we discussed:

Which films are going to be tested by their exposure in Toronto (John’s coverage begins this weekend)?

The story out of Telluride, “Up in the Air,” and the awards prospects for the film across the board.

The dueling Best Supporting Actress hopefuls from the film, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga.

The cool reception Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” is receiving in some quarters and how that could work against its major Oscar potential, despite exquisite craftwork.

By popular demand, Anne and I disagree on something: John Hillcoat’s “The Road.”

The “schizophrenic” marketing of the film, moving from genre/suspense to the love/warmth at its center.

Have a listen below.  And by the way, these should be filtering in through iTunes now, so you can subscribe to the podcast here.

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  • 1 9-11-2009 at 10:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The caveat of doing these the day before — obviously any awards talk for “Creation” is moot at this stage.

  • 2 9-11-2009 at 10:51 am

    Loyal said...

    I’m seeing Bright Star on Sunday. I wonder which side of the debate I’ll fall on.

    Good podcast, looking forward to listening to the next podcast post TIFF.

  • 3 9-11-2009 at 12:07 pm

    snowballa said...

    it’s kind of sad when you talk oscars noms, you’re not really saying “so and so did give one of the top 5 performances of the year” but “the hype for this performance and the money of the studio behind it will land them on the nomination list” because I highly doubt from the screenplay that the characters that Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga and hell even Clooney should be nominated.

  • 4 9-11-2009 at 12:07 pm

    snowballa said...

    *i meant, the characters played by Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga and George Clooney. They didn’t jump out on the page and although Jason Reitman is a good director, you can only elevate what’s on the page so much.

  • 5 9-11-2009 at 12:19 pm

    red_wine said...

    First things first, Ms. Thompson sounds a a bit like Diane Keaton. I was wondering the first time where I had heard her voice, now I know – Annie Hall. What a mesmerizing voice, she needs to record a single pronto!

    And I found it very interesting that what she said about Bright Star. That just the high-brow brainy Europeans and critics are liking/will like the movie. It made me laugh and some of the laughter was because its probably true. But yeah, still looking forward to it immensely.

    And Oprah sang about Australia a lot and had Kidman on her show, but look how that ended. It was just the kind of lurid thing she would fall for. So Precious is much more up her alley.

  • 6 9-11-2009 at 1:29 pm

    Jester said...

    Oprah doesn’t have the influence over films that she does over books. Austrailia, Across the Univers, Charlie Wilson’s War. Wait, on second thought, Oprah just has bad taste in movies.

  • 7 9-11-2009 at 3:50 pm

    Björn said...

    Love the podcast-discussions. Hearing the voices behind the writers one has been following for so long takes it to another level of authenticity in the playful world of Oscar-watching. Great!

  • 8 9-11-2009 at 6:57 pm

    Michael said...

    Kris: sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but, why did you remove Jeremy Renner from the Best Actor category? His performance was incredible.

  • 9 9-11-2009 at 8:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Just decided Matt Damon made more sense, and I still think he does. We’ll see how it pans out.

  • 10 9-12-2009 at 1:34 am

    BJT said...

    Very very good.

    Kept the flow going well, and you two have a great “chemistry”.

    Can’t wait to hear what you have to say once the festival dust has settled.

  • 11 9-12-2009 at 2:01 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    There still sorta “needs” to be a newcomer in the Best Actor race. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a category without a first-time nominee in it since…1994’s Best Actress lineup (shoulda had Linda Fiorentino, but I digress). So I think at least one of Jeremy Renner/Sam Rockwell will get in. It just depends on campaigns, how much THL will take off, and when Tapley will let go of the Mortensen prediction (or the Day-Lewis one, maybe).

  • 12 9-12-2009 at 2:05 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    True, James, which is largely why I had him in the running so early on. But for now, this makes sense. Colin Firth could muscle in and things could definitely shift. To think we can forecast it from right here is silly. We’ll see how it pans out.

    And there’s no “letting go” of the Mortensen prediction, since he is universally acclaimed in the role even among those who disliked it. But both he and Day-Lewis are coming from the same studio, so maybe one will have to go.

    (Rockwell will never happen, so if ever something needed to be “let go.”)