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Oscar talk with Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter’s The Race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter’s Oscar expert, Scott Feinberg, invited me on his weekly podcast – “Feinberg & Friends” – to discuss the major topics swirling around the ongoing awards race. Scott’s an excellent host. Well-prepared. Conversational. Before I knew it, our scheduled 30-minute chat had extended to an hour. I had an absolute blast. To listen to our Oscar chat, head over to the Reporter’s site via this link:

We appear to be in an “in-between” stage of the race, and yet Scott and I never lacked for conversation topics.

The recent arrival of Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” and the film’s favorable reviews, kicked off our discussion. We also touched on the ongoing reception of Michel Hazanavicius’ winning “The Artist,” which took home the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival on Long Island, N.Y.

The fall film festivals, from Venice to New York, have concluded, and we’re waiting on a handful of prestige pictures to drop so we can better understand where every Oscar-worthy film is positioned in the marathon. “War Horse,” “The Iron Lady,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “J. Edgar” and David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” remain unseen, and could change the complexion of the race. Scott and I also discussed which films are best positioned to rise to “frontrunner” status should all five of those films fail to connect. I think you’ll be intrigued by our choice.

From there, we started dissecting the Oscar chances of some high-profile films that already have screened in limited runs. Scott caught “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” and we talked about Gary Oldman’s odds. We spoke at length about Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball,” as well as Alexander Payne’s “The Decendants,” which recently held a splashy premiere as the Closing Night film at the New York Film Festival.

The podcast wraps with a run through smaller films that belong on the Oscar radar, and a look at the major films released earlier in the year that possibly could get into larger, nontechnical categories.

It was a pleasure participating in the podcast this week with Scott, and I hope he’ll have me back at some point during the season. Give it a listen, and let me know what you thought of our conversation.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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