News Nuggets Roundup: American Country Award nominations; Oscar nod for Olivia Colman?

Best Foreign Film candidate “Alois Nebel” could bump the Animate Feature category to five nominees: “For only the third time in the category’s 10-year history, Oscar’s Best Animated Feature race may have a full slate of five nominees. And if it does, it could thank a Czechoslovokian film that crept in via the Best Foreign-Language film category. A representative for the Czech Republic’s entry, ‘Alois Nebel,’ told TheWrap Wednesday that the filmmakers plan to enter the graphic-novel-based drama in the animation race as well as the foreign-language race. Its reps have been in touch with the Academy, and are currently working on the details of a seven-day qualifying run that will make the film eligible in the category.” THE WRAP

Shame” trailer premieres: “As you might expect, this trailer does not include any of the promised graphic nudity, but we are treated to a number of anguished-yet-attractive [Michael Fassbender] close-ups, plus a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of panting. Also included: shots of Fassbender running, shots of Fassbender fighting, and shots of Fassbender seducing a number of beguiling young women. (None of these, thankfully, is Carey Mulligan, who plays Fassbender’s lounge-singer sister and possible moral conscience.)” VULTURE

Can “Tyrannosaur” star Olivia Colman break into a narrowing race for Best Actress? “If you really want to know how to get Colman into the race, here is how it could go: If she happens to get a few critics awards, those can sometimes help – but they need to be several, not just one-offs; by this point, sorry LAFCA, we love you but your obscure choices for Best Actress may be honest and true and not intended to influence Oscar but we in this sleazy business of Oscar watching simply omit your choice for Best Actress when you do that (not that you care, or that you should care). But if, say, Colman gets LA, NY, Chicago, and Boston – that could start to push her closer to a nomination.” AWARDS DAILY

Moneyball” director Bennett Miller honored by the Hollywood Film Awards: “The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, will honor Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller with its 2011 Hollywood Director Award. Miller is being recognized for his work on the critically acclaimed blockbuster ‘Moneyball,’ which was adapted from Michael Lewis‘s best-selling novel and stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Miller will collect his statuette at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 24.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

American Country Award nominations led by Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band: “Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, both of whom have had a pretty stellar 2011, lead the pack with eight nominations each, while newcomer Thompson Square nabbed a whopping seven nominations. The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each scored six. Fresh off his strong debut week, ‘American Idol‘ winner Scotty McCreery received a nomination for Artist of the Year: New Artist (not to be confused with Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist), another signal that the country community has welcomed him warmly.” EW.COM

Oscar-nominated “The Kids Are All Right” to become an hour-long pilot for HBO: “Lisa Cholodenko, who co-wrote and directed the Focus Features release, will write the pilot script. I’m told that it will continue the adventures of the five main characters. They were the same-sex partners (played in the film by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), their son and daughter (played by Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska) and the biological father of the kids/sperm donor who surfaces and tears the family apart (played by Mark Ruffalo in the film).” DEADLINE

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