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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 11 — Doc feature short list, ‘That Evening Sun,’ Governors Awards and ‘Basterds’ on the march

Posted by · 12:06 pm · November 20th, 2009

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk, your weekly kudocast featuring yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood.

On the docket today:

Anne and I discuss the week’s big Oscar news, the revelation of 15 short list contenders for the Best Documentary Feature category, including discussion of snubs, talk on those we’ve seen and some fleeting expectations on how things could shake out.

With “That Evening Sun” making its way to limited release, we briefly touch on the film and Hal Holbrook’s wonderful leading performance.

The Governors Awards took place over the weekend, and Anne was in attendance.  She gives us some inside perspective on the festivities.

Quentin Tarantino is back on the awards circuit with “Inglourious Basterds” facing an imminent DVD release.  We talk again about the film’s Oscar chances and the potential for another populist film, “Star Trek,” duking it out with the war romp for a spot in the 10.

Have a listen to this week’s podcast below, with Lauren Bacall’s Honorary Oscar acceptance speech leading the way.  As always, you can subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.

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  • 1 11-20-2009 at 1:17 pm

    Sean said...

    What about screenings for IT’S COMPLICATED? They start on 11/30. Everyone keeps talking about the final four, but I think this one needs to be on the radar.

  • 2 11-20-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I see it next Saturday.

  • 3 11-20-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And come on, it’s a Nancy Meyers film.

  • 4 11-20-2009 at 2:17 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    I really hope we have a large showing for Inglorious Basterds, theres just no other movies like it, and I respect that, well see what the weinsteins have up their sleeves soon enough

  • 5 11-20-2009 at 2:40 pm

    Sean said...

    LOL, Nancy Meyers or not…who would have thought Lee Daniel’s would have kicked out something like Precious. I’m thinking this performance may be Streep’s Oscar vehicle.

  • 6 11-20-2009 at 2:58 pm

    k. said...

    What a grating, horrible woman.

  • 7 11-20-2009 at 3:08 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Sean has a point. Who thought the guy behind Shadowboxer would direct what some would consider the Best Picture frontrunner?

  • 8 11-20-2009 at 3:34 pm

    James D. said...

    Why did you record in a bathroom, Kris?

    Also, Glen Kenny mentioned you in his Auteurs piece.

  • 9 11-20-2009 at 6:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, I spaced it and didn’t indicate my external mic. Sorry for the audio issue, folks.

  • 10 11-20-2009 at 7:05 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Suggesting Star Trek for Screenplay is rather stupid, to put it mildly. A good film by blockbuster standards, but its screenplay was its weakest aspect.

  • 11 11-20-2009 at 9:31 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    @SHAAAARK:

    I think the Star Trek screenplay is actually pretty impressive. Some of the dialogue shows a lot of wit and humor, the pacing and structure are just about flawless, and it accomplishes the task of overhauling an entire mythology without alienating its audience. That’s certainly no easy task.

    After watching some of the special features on the Star Trek DVD, particularly seeing some of the really inventive ways that he accomplished particular shots and effects, I could see myself throwing J.J. Abrams onto my Best Director ballot. As both an artist and a businessman, the director’s biggest job day-to-day is finding the best, easiest, and most efficient way to tell the story with economy and meaning, and I’ll be a monkey’s bare-assed uncle if Abrams doesn’t fit that to a T.

  • 12 11-20-2009 at 10:28 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    ….really? Really? You’ve seen that few films recently that Abrams seems worthy to you?
    Insanity.

  • 13 11-20-2009 at 10:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah…really. Move on.

  • 14 11-21-2009 at 6:33 am

    red_wine said...

    I loved Star Trek and Quinto but it doesn’t transcend its summer blockbuster roots for me. I’ve a lot to see but I still wouldn’t call it Top 10 of the year. But it certainly is extremely well made. A SAG Ensemble nod is something I would consider for this well acted film. Though thats not happening.

  • 15 11-25-2009 at 2:51 pm

    Loyal said...

    Late to the podcast, I was in Vietnam.

    I currently have IB somewhere around the 12th, 13th spot. If any popular film gets in this year, its not Trek or IB or District 9, or even a rom-com. No, it’s Avatar. And let’s not forget Up. Those two could combine for anywhere from $600m to $800m domestic. A perfect balance to Hurt Locker’s $13m or An Education’s $4m.