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Oscar Talk: Shame’s NC-17 and Fassbender, Whither Clooney, Chastain, Doc Race, Year-End Critics

Oscar Talk: Shame's NC-17 and Fassbender, Whither Clooney, Chastain, Doc Race, Year-End Critics

In this week’s Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate the Shame NC-17 issue. Will Fox Searchlight be able to push Michael Fassbender for an Oscar nomination? (I weigh in on this here.)

We go back to The Descendants. We agree that George Clooney heads the Best Actor list (as Ides of March recedes from view), but we still haven’t seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, which opens AFI Fest next week. And in the Best Actress race, Viola Davis and Michelle Williams are locks, but it remains to be seen what happens with Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron, with The Iron Lady and Young Adult sight unseen. As for supporting actress Jessica Chastain, she has too many roles this year. Will Searchlight be able to single out her part in The Tree of Life?

We get into the doc race as well. And predict the films that will dominate the year-end critics awards. Could it be The Descendants, A Separation, The Artist or Moneyball?

Among the movies opening this weekend, we assess the Oscar possibilities for Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare identity drama Anonymous, and agree that it deserves several tech nods, especially from the visual effects branch. (We both posted interviews with screenwriter John Orloff, here’s mine.) We both liked Paramount’s Sundance pick-up Like Crazy, starring young actors Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, but doubt it will factor in Oscar race, nor will Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary, marking Johnny Depp’s return as boozehound writer Hunter S. Thompson.

Here’s the podcast.

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