News Nuggets: Do movies about movies ever win Oscars?

Uh-oh. Do movies about movies ever win Oscars? “This week’s topic is the unusual abundance of movies about movies in this year’s Oscar race from Marilyn Monroe (‘My Week with Marilyn‘) to George Melies (‘Hugo‘) to Hollywood’s seismic sound shift in the late 20s (‘The Artist‘). But one thing I didn’t dwell on too much in the article (which I hope you’ll go and read!) is the lack of Oscars won for movies about movies. Everyone predicting a win for ‘The Artist’ (2011) before the nominations are even announced should consider the following list and sobering fact: No movie about movies has ever won Best Picture.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Joan Crawford‘s 1969 Cecil B. DeMille Award is up for auction. Store it away from wire hangers. DOYLE NEW YORK

Plans to bring “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online are officially cancelled: “Prospect Park, the company, which in July signed a licensing deal with ABC to keep canceled daytime dramas in production for online distribution, will not proceed with its plans for an online soap network anchored by the two shows. The decision comes after Prospect Park principals Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz spent the past few months trying to shore up financial backing for their Online TV Network, secure the talent and writers from the departing ABC series as well as sign agreements with the Hollywood unions.” DEADLINE

Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards: “Fiennes — who makes his directorial debut with next month’s ‘Coriolanus‘ — will receive the Richard Harris Award, which has gone to fellow Brit actors John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Helena Bonham Carter. ‘Thor‘ director and noted Shakespearean enthusiast Branagh will be honored with the Variety Award for raising British cinema’s profile internationally. Past Variety recipients have included Michael Caine, J.K. Rowling, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley.” EW.COM

Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the Independent Spirit Award nominees on Nov. 29: “Kate Beckinsale plays a vampire warrior in the ‘Underworld’ franchise and Anthony Mackie is apparently on the opposing team as Abe’s valet in the forthcoming ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ but they will put their differences aside to announce the nominees at the Nov. 29 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the London West Hollywood Hotel.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

What foreign-language titles will make the long-list of Oscar contenders? “This season, 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards. The 2011 submissions are vying to be among the 9 long-listed by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences before the 5 finalists are announced with Oscar nominations on January 24. Here are the films that AwardsLine London Contributor Tim Adler believes will make the semifinal round …” DEADLINE

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