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Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

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In Contention’s Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year‘s Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman’s new pregnancy? What would it take to push Biutiful‘s Javier Bardem or I Am Love‘s Tilda Swinton into the race?

We examine the impact of the WGA’s exclusion of eligibility for The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone, as well as the Oscar music branch’s decision to exclude Carter Burwell’s elegiac score for True Grit. Toy Story 3‘s Randy Newman never submits his scores, for some reason. With the WGA, DGA and PGA nominations coming up, we make fearless predictions of who will get DGA nods–will The Kids Are All Right‘s Lisa Cholodenko be spurned by the Steak Eaters?

We also cold call a surprise guest and giggle like schoolchildren.

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Ryan Sartor

Great edition of Oscar Talk, as always. It’s such a great tool in keeping up with everything that’s going this awards season. I’m sure you guys know about the best picture showcase at AMC theatres? I’ve gone the past several years–it’s always a lot of fun, and they have Oscar trivia and give out posters and t-shirts, plus cool laminated badges. It sounds nerdy when I write it out like this.

Rob T.

In connection with Randy Newman, it’s not actually true that he didn’t submit The Princess and the Frog for consideration. It was actually ruled ineligible by the Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committee, unfortunately after the nomination ballots and reminder lists were sent out. The Academy’s press release announcing the disqualification is at

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