OSCAR TALK: Ep. 9 — Baldwin/Martin, ‘Crazy Heart,’ animated contenders and the Gurus’ latest chart

Posted by · 3:29 pm · November 6th, 2009

Oscar TalkWelcome to the latest installment of Oscar Talk, a weekly kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood.

On the docket this afternoon:

Anne and I discuss the week’s biggest Oscar news, the tapping of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin as this year’s Oscar telecast hosts.

Another substantial news item this week was the revelation that Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” would get a last minute 2009 release from Fox Searchlight.  Anne and I talk up the film and actor Jeff Bridges’s wonderful, certainly Oscar-worthy performance.

“A Christmas Carol” releases today, so we use that as an opportunity to revisit the animated feature contenders.

As mentioned earlier this morning, the latest Gurus o’ Gold chart has gone up.  Anne and I talk about a number of the contenders, placements, etc.

Have a listen to this week’s podcast below, leading in with one of the original tracks from “Crazy Heart.” And as always, you can subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.


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  • 1 11-06-2009 at 4:48 pm

    Loyal said...

    I’m shocked that you and Anne have been hearing that The Hurt Locker could win Best Picture. That would be truly amazing. I’m predicting a Best Director win for the film right now.

    In a year with 10 nominees, it would be the lowest grossing Best Picture winner in at least 40 years. The Hurt Locker currently stands at $12,582,593.

  • 2 11-06-2009 at 7:12 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    If there ends up being five Animated Film nominees, one could imagine the nominees being Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ponyo, The Princess and the Frog and Up, which would amount to two stop-motion films, two traditionally animated films and one in digital! Even if Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs snuck in there, it’d still be 3 to 2 in favor of old school animation.

    Or get Mary and Max in there, and you could have three stop-motion nominees!

  • 3 11-06-2009 at 10:47 pm

    red_wine said...

    A Christmas Carol and Avatar have no distinction at all. Its only just that Avatar is going for a photo-realistic appearence and Carol for a more stylized look. And in Avatar they are not mo-capping humans, so the uncanny valley becomes a non-issue and as it is it seems Zemekis has fixed the eyes this time around. Its the same basic technology.
    But yeah, Up has this really sealed up. Its a no brainer.

    I think NYFCC are gonna give Best Picture to Hurt Locker. And its a nice opportunity for LAFCA to award the Coens by giving Best Picture to A Serious Man since they passed No Country. NSFC will mostly go for The White Ribbon. But The Hurt Locker wont win Best Picture Oscar. This new 50% weighted ballot system is complicated and I think Up in The Air followed by Precious will benefit from it.

  • 4 11-06-2009 at 10:56 pm

    Jester said...

    Kris, I just want to say I really enjoy Oscar Talk, it’s become my favorite feature on the sight. Look forward to it every Friday.

  • 5 11-07-2009 at 9:27 am

    anonymous said...

    Gurus of Gold does not include Steve Pond’s #2 pick of Meryl Streep. Can this be corrected and Streep’s numbers recalculated.

    Thanks, A Streep Fan

  • 6 11-07-2009 at 9:39 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    anonymous: Kris has no responsibility for the Gurus of Gold, he merely contributes to it. Go ask the folks at Movie City News.

  • 7 11-07-2009 at 9:48 am

    James D. said...

    Hmm. Assuming The Hurt Locker stays my number 3 film of the year (behind Inglourious Basterds and Moon), it would be the highest Best Picture winner for me in decades. However, while my gut tells me that while it will be nominated, the Academy will go for the more conventional (An Education, Nine, Invictus, Precious, Up in the Air).

  • 8 11-07-2009 at 11:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    anonymous: You’d have to talk to David Poland.

  • 9 11-07-2009 at 8:12 pm

    John said...

    Grrr, ‘The Hurt Locker’ moved like sludge. And I still think Jeremy Renner’s performance is slightly overrated.

    Mind you, I know I’m in the minority. But hearing Anne speak of Best Picture winner buzz bugs me.

  • 10 11-07-2009 at 9:07 pm

    Speaking English said...

    No, I’m with you. “The Hurt Locker” winning Best Picture would be the worst decision for the top prize in… forever. I can’t believe they’ll do that and I honestly don’t think it’s even a remote possibility either the film or Bigelow will win.

  • 11 11-07-2009 at 9:20 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “‘The Hurt Locker’ winning Best Picture would be the worst decision for the top prize in…forever.”

    Grotesque hyperbole.

    “I honestly don’t think it’s even a remote possibility either the film or Bigelow will win.”


  • 12 11-07-2009 at 10:24 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Okay, I’ll rephrase that:

    “The Hurt Locker” winning Best Picture would be the worst decision for the top prize of the 52 Best Picture winners I’ve personally seen.

  • 13 11-07-2009 at 10:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    How unique.

  • 14 11-08-2009 at 7:24 pm

    daveylow said...

    I love Jeff Bridges and I’ll run to see anything he’s in. It would be great if he wins an Oscar for Crazy Heart.

    But it would be a shame if Colin Firth is overlooked for A Single Man. I hope Firth gets some awards, too, even if he doesn’t win the Oscar because he’s that good.

  • 15 11-08-2009 at 7:46 pm

    daveylow said...

    I could listen to you and Anne talk about movies forever.

    But I don’t know why I don’t get the love for A Serious Man like many others do. I couldn’t wait until the film was over.