OSCAR TALK: Ep. 47 — The guilds so far, Steinfeld as lead vs. supporting, Scripter finalists, goings-on on the circuit, looking ahead to 2011

Posted by · 9:00 am · January 7th, 2011

Oscar TalkWelcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar’s stage and we’re here to address it all as it unfolds.

2010 is finally in the rear view mirror. But the season isn’t over yet — not by a long shot. As we enter the new year, and the busiest frame of the circuit (awards-wise), we have tons to chew on today. Let’s see what’s on the docket…

With one more week of balloting in store, three of the four major guilds have announced their nominees (as have a handful of below-the-line guilds). We talk about what it all means.

Talk of “True Grit” leads to heated discussion on the lead vs. supporting vis a vis Hailee Steinfeld.

One of the precursor announcements this week was the list of USC Scripter Award finalists. Anne is a member of the esteemed selection committee. She talks about the process and we discuss the list five adaptations in play.

Campaigns are heating up in the new year. Earlier this week Sony Classics took advantage of an opportunity to put “Get Low” star Robert Duvall’s hands and feet in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, while a DVD release party for “The Social Network” Thursday night kept the fire stoked for Sony and company. We talk about the goings on around town.

The first podcast of the year seems to be a good opportunity to look ahead to the films in 2011 that have our interest. We give it our best shot.

And finally, as always, reader questions!

Have a listen to the new podcast below, with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross leading the way again this week (total accident), this time with their rendition of Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from “The Social Network.” If the file cuts off for you at any time, try the back-up download link at the bottom of this post. And as always, remember to subscribe to Oscar Talk via iTunes here.


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  • 1 1-08-2011 at 11:11 am

    arjay said...

    I think trying to campaign a lead actress as supporting is the definition of greed. They aren’t doing it because she’s young, they’re doing it because it gives the film the best chance of a nomination and they can get away with it under the guise of her being young, when they know full well it is a leading performance. They should be straight forward with it, campaign her as a lead, and if she misses out, too bad.

  • 2 1-08-2011 at 11:16 am

    JJ1 said...

    what arjay said. And while I think Steinfeld appears to have some talent, and does quite well in the role, I don’t think she’s quite top 5-worthy in Lead this year.

  • 3 1-10-2011 at 12:27 pm

    SoSueMe said...

    I finally saw The Kids Are All Right…I would nominate Annette Bening in Best Actress…but not without Julianne Moore…and vice versa. The two performances go hand in hand…too bad they can’t share one nomination between the two of them.