News Nuggets: Can documentaries break into other Oscar categories?

Scott Feinberg makes a case for why seven films could win SAG’s ensemble award, including “The Help“: “Practically everyone has seen this breakout hit based on Kathyrn Stockett‘s best-selling novel about race relations in the Deep South. The drama features a sprawling cast of actresses, including Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, that is admirably diverse in terms of age and race.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Will documentaries be recognized beyond their category at the Oscars this year? “Looking over past lists of nominees, you’ll notice that the Foreign Language Film category has failed to showcase a documentary before. Like… EVER! (Unless you count ‘Waltz With Bashir,’ which some do and some don’t). The reverse has happened many times: the documentary branch has nominated and awarded foreign documentaries … Admittedly, the voters’ hands are tied when it comes to some categories (acting, costume design, etcetera.) but there’s no reasonable explanation for the absence of documentaries in editing, cinematography and even the sound categories.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Will Brad Pitt quit acting in three years? “When interviewer Tara Brown asked the 47-year-old, ‘How much longer would you like to do your business for?’ Pitt answered, ‘Three years.’ She followed up with ‘Three years?’ And he affirmed, ‘Yeah.’ Brown continued, ‘And then what happens after three years?’ To which Pitt responded, ‘Hell if I know. I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise.’ For example, the movie he was promoting over there, ‘Moneyball.'” DEADLINE

Angelina Jolie‘s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” will get a foreign-language release in English-speaking markets: “When Jolie shot her script, she filmed it both in [Bosnia’s native language] BHS and English language, with the intention of reaching a broad audience around the world. Jolie clearly preferred to go for the authenticity of the native language. FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney agreed with her after after they saw both versions within the past few days. ‘I’m honored that FilmDistrict has chosen to release the film in the United States in the original BHS-language version,’ Jolie said in a statement. ‘It was always my hope that U.S. audiences would have the opportunity to experience this version.'” DEADLINE

NBC’s “Prime Suspect” may be done for: “Production on NBC’s ‘Prime Suspect’ will shut down after the 13th episode, which is currently filming in New York. The network just announced its new midseason lineup and the cop drama is not on it … The remake only averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. Since NBC already canceled [‘The Playboy Club’] and ‘Free Agents,’ NBC clearly wanted to keep its options open on ‘Prime Suspect’ before deciding to yank another low-rated new show off its schedule. It tried running repeats of the show on other nights, but [Maria] Bello and her cohorts just couldn’t scare up more viewers.” EW.COM

Is Fernando Meirelles‘s “City of God” the best film of the last decade? “Though other films carved a space in my heart and mind, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ among them, I have yet to find a film that was released in that same 10-year span (2000-2009) that hits every single note quite the way that ‘City of God’ does … For the past eight years I have asked myself one question when the lights have gone up on a film that has left me stunned: ‘Is it better than “City of God”?’ I have yet to muster an unequivocal ‘yes.'” IN CONTENTION

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