News Nuggets: HBO leads American Society of Cinematographers TV nominees

Austin film critics pick “Hugo,” Michael Shannon, Tilda Swinton: AUSTIN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

Phoenix film critics prefer “The Artist” and Elizabeth Olsen: PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

HBO leads American Society of Cinematographers TV nominees: AWARDS DAILY

Director Dee Rees discusses “Pariah”: “‘Pariah’ concerns a teenager named Alike (Independent Spirit Award nominee Adepero Oduye), an expressive girl who only encounters more identity issues as she tries establishing herself as an out lesbian. Though Rees came out as a lesbian in her 20s, she feels a deep connection to Alike — especially in her resistance to ‘butch’ and ‘femme’ labels. Movieline caught up with Rees to discuss ‘Pariah’s’ wonderful story, the visibility of the LGBT coming out experience in 2011, and Rees’s unexpected connection to ‘Dallas.'” MOVIELINE

War Horse,” stage vs. screen: “I am not, by any stretch, an authority on theater … But I can say, without hesitation, that the Broadway production of ‘War Horse’ is the best thing I’ve ever witnessed on stage … And how does Spielberg’s version measure up to all this? I did my best to not allow my first ‘War Horse’ experience to make me biased against my second, and it’s true that the two works are very different beasts. I was, however, keeping score as I basked in the orange glow of Spielberg’s impossible skies, for this equine weeper’s path to the screen yields a lot of pluses and minuses.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Demian Bichir is a serious Oscar contender for “A Better Life” following his SAG nomination: “It became the first movie of the season to set up Q&As in June with star Demian Bichir for SAG’s then-newly formed nominating committee. Bichir and director Chris Weitz have since been doing receptions for press and awards voters, lots of interviews and generally beating the drum for their ‘little movie that could.'” DEADLINE

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