OSCAR TALK: Ep. 24 — It’s all done but the cryin’.

Posted by · 12:28 pm · March 5th, 2010

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

This is it. The final installment of Oscar Talk before the 82nd annual Academy Awards go down Sunday evening. Anne and I have our final say this week on the following:

We dig through the 24 categories one more time offering our perspectives and respective predictions. The toughest calls are in the cinematography, sound and original screenplay fields, though Best Actress, Best Art Direction and Best Film Editing stir some healthy debate.

With 600 ballots having been turned in Tuesday, one can only wonder about the effect of EmailGate (Anne spoke with Nicolas Chartier earlier in the week) and the pending lawsuit against Mark Boal.

Speaking of Boal, we debate the idea of whether his script is an adaptation or not, bringing the situation with Jane Campion and “Bright Star” make for comparison.

And finally, because I can’t help myself, I bring it back around to Best Original Screenplay one more time, because it’s so damn difficult to decide.

Have a listen to this week’s podcast below. And as always, you can subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.


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25 responses so far

  • 1 3-05-2010 at 1:16 pm

    Jim said...

    Haha! Epic intro music!

  • 2 3-05-2010 at 1:41 pm

    JJ said...

    Great podcast. Here’s my predictions:

    pic – THL, by a hair over IB and Avatar.
    dir – Bigelow, bigtime.
    actor – Bridges.
    actress – Streep (heart over head).
    s. actor – Waltz.
    s. actress – Mo’Nique.
    original – IB.
    adapted – Up in the Air.
    editing – THL (due to bafta and ace).
    cin – Avatar.
    art d – Avatar.
    costume – TYV (ugh).
    make-up – Star Trek (hope they reward my fave movie of the year in some way).
    s. editing – Avatar.
    s. mixing – THL.
    fx – Avatar.
    score – Up.
    song – Crazy Heart.
    foreign – A Prophet (by a hair over the other 2; which of course means none of the big 3 will get it).
    animated – Up.
    doc – The Cove.

    We’ll see. :-)

  • 3 3-05-2010 at 2:07 pm

    brian said...

    So is Anne Thompson only predicting two awards for The Hurt Locker? Best Picture and Best Director? Doesn’t that seem pretty unbelievable? Not screenplay, not editing, not cinematography or any technicals. Just the top two? How often has that happened?

  • 4 3-05-2010 at 2:13 pm

    brian said...

    Apparently not since You Can’t Take it With You.

  • 5 3-05-2010 at 2:15 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    no apology needed. That was truly awesome!

  • 6 3-05-2010 at 2:46 pm

    Loyal said...

    Fantastic penultimate podcast.

    I’m going to be a bit sad after Monday. I feel like Tyrone Biggums, I need my Anne Thompson/Kristopher Tapley Friday Fix.

    I think Avatar is either going to do really good on Sunday or not good at all.

    I have it going 8/9 (losing Score but a big JC upset in BD, I know I know) but I guess 2/9 (one of the Sounds and Visual Effects) wouldn’t be too shocking either.

    Can’t wait to be surprised/depressed.

  • 7 3-05-2010 at 3:02 pm

    Raffi said...

    I agree with Loyal. I’ve grown accustom to Kris and Anne’s voices over the last few months. I love these podcasts!

    I’m going crazy with these predictions, and this final podcast echoed so much of my hesitation on a variety of categories.

    As someone mentioned above, is it possible that Hurt Locker may walk away with only the top 2 awards? For the record, I’m predicting it to win big. I originally had it winning 6, but I’m thinking Avatar is taking both sound categories. I’m shaky on Cinematography but I think it’s such a different mix that the BP frontrunner is going to stand out here. (I think it should have editing in the bag unless there is an Avatar tech sweep)

    Like Kris, I’ve been pulling my hair out over Original Screenplay over the past couple days. I think I’m going for Hurt Locker as I have a similar (yet opposite contender) game plan (if I understood her correctly) and think Hurt Locker will clean up in most categories. But, my confidence is literally 50.1/49.9

    The other two categories that have been driving me up the wall are the Doc short and Live Action short. I haven’t seen the Doc shorts so my primary source has been this podcast over the past 3 weeks. I think I’m going to go with the underdog (China’s Unnatural Disaster) though my gut is actually saying we might get an upset with Music by Prudence. My opinion in this category, though, obviously should not carry much weight.

    Live Action is where I’m torn. I’ve seen them all and I keep going back and forth. I wasn’t blown away by The Door. I’m taking Anne’s word on The New Tenants and eliminating it from contention. I think Kavi is too Slumdog too soon and Miracle Fish just won’t resonate enough. I think Abracadabra might upset but I might go against my gut and with the small consensus I’ve gathered and predict The Door.

    What a long and tiring season it’s been! Thanks for all the hours put into this podcast Kris and Anne!

  • 8 3-05-2010 at 3:06 pm

    med said...

    I predict Streep by a narrow margin. She will bring down the house.

  • 9 3-05-2010 at 3:52 pm

    Gustavo Cruz said...

    I can’t listen to the whole thing. It ends at 14:55 here.

  • 10 3-05-2010 at 3:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Crap, really? Third time I’ve heard something like this…sigh.

  • 11 3-05-2010 at 4:30 pm

    Louis said...

    The Academy does not go for dark and gritty in the Cinematography category? Hmm… What about There Will Be Blood and Road to Perdition?

  • 12 3-05-2010 at 4:38 pm

    Mark said...

    Another fascinating chat guys, great way to start the Oscar weekend. Looking forward to your post-match analysis on Monday.

  • 13 3-05-2010 at 4:39 pm

    Craig said...

    I don’t see any similarity between Locker and either of those films, Louis…

  • 14 3-05-2010 at 4:44 pm

    Louis said...

    Road to Perdition is actually mistaken as an example, but would you all agree that the Cinematography in There Will Be Blood is “far too gritty, not a pretty movie” and it still won.

  • 15 3-05-2010 at 5:07 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    I think QT might well screenplay, but for what it’s worth, BAFTA <3s QT and he did not win there.

  • 16 3-05-2010 at 6:09 pm

    Mickche said...

    I’m still a little pissed off with Bright Star “adapted” because its been taken before but what was Milk based on? Black would have seen the doco, and read books, yet he created this “original” screenplay.
    What i don’t like is the inconsistancy the academy has, like Jai Ho last year not being an original song for the movie yet still winning when other songs have been disqualified.

  • 17 3-05-2010 at 6:18 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I don’t get the suggestion that voters would penalize The Hurt Locker in non-BP categories for all the crap that’s going on. Unless the voters are even more stupid than previously thought, why would they take out any such feelings on someone who had nothing to do with any controversy and simply did their (Oscar-nominated) job. The cinematographer or sound mixer shouldn’t have to pay for Chartier or Boal may or may not have done. The voters may not give much of a shit about the Oscars, but they can’t be that stupid.

  • 18 3-05-2010 at 6:35 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***…but would you all agree that the Cinematography in There Will Be Blood is “far too gritty, not a pretty movie” and it still won.***

    No. “There Will Be Blood” is a classically shot film with beautiful landscape shots and sweeping camera movements. Not even remotely comparable.

  • 19 3-06-2010 at 12:04 am

    Andy said...

    Kris, podcast isn’t playing out in full again.

    Frustrating, eh?

  • 20 3-06-2010 at 12:07 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, “There Will Be Blood” and “Road to Perdition” both fall under the “painterly” banner that the Academy favors. “The Hurt Locker,” not so much. (Has a Super 16 film ever won the cinematography Oscar? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’d be a first.)

    That said, only a Bruno Delbonnel win would surprise me in that race.

  • 21 3-06-2010 at 1:05 am

    Scott Feinberg said...

    Voters won’t handle handheld, gritty camerawork for best cinematography? Aren’t we forgetting that SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won the category just last year!

  • 22 3-06-2010 at 1:16 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Indeed. Though “Slumdog” had all those purdy colours to distract them from that distressing camera movement ;)

  • 23 3-06-2010 at 2:26 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Yeah, I’m not sure the glossy bright red and orange colors permeating a torture scene even approaches “gritty,” let alone all the the other times where poverty and cruelty were presented in a picturesque fashion.

  • 24 3-06-2010 at 9:45 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Louis: As everyone notes, you just named too of the prettiest cinematography winners of recent memory…

    aspect: “Deserves got nothin’ to do with it.”

    Feinberg: Guy and Robert are on it, but Slumdog was one of the most vibrant films of the year, with beautiful shots and colors. It was “pretty.” The Hurt Locker isn’t “pretty.” Children of Men.

  • 25 3-06-2010 at 2:26 pm

    Ben said...


    You hinted at it at the end of the podcast about the future of OscarTalk, I’d love for you and Anne to continue it even out of season. It’s always a great 30 minutes and during the awards “down time” just to discuss/debate films. Even 2 a month instead of weekly would work.