News Nuggets Roundup: Oscar buzz builds for Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen is taken aback by the Oscar buzz for her feature film debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene“: “Tim Appelo, a film reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, says he ‘would not put her as a front-runner, but I would rate her as one of the major threats. … This girl arrived like Cinderella on a rocket sled.’ Bring up the topic with the young actress, and she erupts into a fit of giggles. ‘It’s pretty weird! It’s my first movie coming out, it’s so weird!’ Still, she acknowledges that it’s ‘incredibly cool, and exciting, and flattering, and it’s a huge compliment.'” USA TODAY

Patti LuPone wins the Stephen Sondheim Award: “The award, established in 2009 in honor of ‘America’s most influential contemporary musical theatre writer,’ will be presented at a black-tie benefit at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC. Signature is based in Arlington, VA. Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer said in a statement, ‘With her wonderful performances in ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Company,’ ‘Passion’ and more [Patti LuPone] has had an amazing connection to Steve’s words and music. It’s wonderful to add her name to the distinguished honorees Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. We look forward to saluting Patti and her extraordinary talents in April.'” PLAYBILL

Sasha Stone raves about Viola Davis‘s acceptance speech at the Women in Hollywood Awards: “This is an important speech to watch. What she says, how she says it. It’s rare for an actress to be so articulate and insightful not just about acting, but about life. The thing about the awards race, or maybe just in general, when someone puts you in front of a microphone have something interesting to say, whether it’s written down or rumbling around in your head. Davis has plenty to say. Her speech gets better as it goes along.” AWARDS DAILY

Jeff Wells helps secure the funds to get “Tyrannosaur” an earlier screening: “Hollywood Elsewhere’s ‘Tyrannosaur’ screening fundraising campaign became a complete success this morning when the collected amount topped $2000. Many thanks to all the Good Samaritans — you know who you are. The plan is to have three screenings. So far I’ve gotten verbal assurances for the Aidikoff Screening Room on Thursday, 10.27, at 4 pm, the Interactive Screening Room on Monday, 10.31 at 7:30 pm, and the Sunset Screening Room on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4 pm. I’m figuring that between these three dates most of the necessary movers & shakers will be able to attend.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Watch the trailer for China’s Foreign-Language Oscar entry, starring Christian Bale: “A 20-minute snippet of the Christian Bale-starring ‘The Flowers Of War,’ China’s official entry into the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar race, was shown to buyers last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Now comes a trailer for Zhang Yimou’s true-life drama set against the backdrop of the 1937 Nanking Massacre (the film had been titled ‘Heroes Of Nanking’). It will be a unique property to market for whoever acquires U.S. rights: The film is about 60% Mandarin-language and 40% English; in this trailer, there are subtitles for both.” DEADLINE

Amidst contoversy, Kathryn Bigelow‘s “Kill Bin Laden” may be pushed back: “In August, New York Republican congressman Peter King demanded an investigation into whether the White House had been working with Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal on the fact-based movie ‘Kill Bin Laden’ (about the hunt to find and assassinate the Al Qaeda leader) in exchange for an October 2012 release date that could help influence the presidential election the next month. Now the New York Times is reporting that Sony will bump ‘Bin Laden’ back, potentially even to 2013.” VULTURE

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