News Nuggets: Can Oscar hopefuls survive Globe and SAG snubs?

The Smurfs” is disqualified from Oscar’s Animated Feature category: “… while the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch eventually approved the three motion-capture movies under review (‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ ‘Mars Needs Moms‘ and ‘Happy Feet Two’), and okayed the live action/animation hybrid ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked,’ it turned out that they did not approve ‘The Smurfs.’ AMPAS rules governing hybrid films say that ‘a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.’ The Academy has not made any announcement — but according to an official in the branch, ‘The Smurfs’ did not meet the requirements and is the one film on the original list of 18 to be disqualified.” THE WRAP

Woody Allen‘s aversion to Oscars hasn’t hurt “Midnight in Paris“: “… he has been helped by a perfectly timed two-part ‘American Masters’ biodoc that aired late November on PBS, along with positive PR done by his sister and producer Letty Aronson, whose sheer normalcy sends a reassuring message about her brother. Woody’s absence from the Oscars — he’s only recently attended the show once, after 9/11 — should be counterbalanced by the fact he keeps his three Oscars at home, contrary to myth (with 21 noms, he’s won as writer and director of ‘Annie Hall’ and for writing ‘Hannah [and Her Sisters]’), which should mollify slighted voters.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Tickets on sale for upcoming “Death of a Salesman” revival: “Directed by eight-time Tony Award winner Mike Nichols, previews will begin Feb. 13, 2012, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The strictly limited 16-week engagement opens March 15. The cast will be led by Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Obie Award winner Linda Emond as Linda Loman and Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) in his Broadway debut as Biff Loman.” PLAYBILL

Are would-be contenders this year sunk by precursor snubs? “What are the chances of a performance getting nominated without a Globe or SAG nomination? Approximately 1 in 20. That’s what my remarkably un-scientific research tells me. For this I took a look at the last 10 years. If you go back too far the stats become less relevant. Plus, 10 is a nice round number and if I wanted to do complicated math I wouldn’t be a movie blogger. So, 10 years = 200 nominated performances. and out of those only 11 failed to receive either a SAG or GG nod first.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Rio” could be a dark horse contender fr Best Animated Feature: “Blue Sky is probably best known for the enormously popular worldwide hit ‘Ice Age’ franchise, but ‘Rio’ in many ways feels like a more personal, auteur driven project. Heavily tinged with the vibrant culture of Brazilian writer/director Carlos Saldanha (co-director of the first ‘Ice Age,’ director of the last two and Oscar nominated for the ‘Ice Age’ short ‘Gone Nutty’), ‘Rio’ is the colorful, musical tale of two macaws, the domesticated and flightless Blu voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and the wild Jewel voiced by Anne Hathaway.” AWARDS DAILY

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