News Nuggets Roundup: Oscar chances for ‘Harry Potter,’ Kristen Wiig?

Does “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” have what it takes to be a Best Picture nominee? “If it hits the critics awards and begins to gain momentum it could start to be seen as a film people want to honor.  If it makes the Golden Globes or the PGA it could be taken more seriously early on in the race, enough so that Academy members might say — you know, I had no idea what was going on but these films were truly something special so I’m going to give my vote to ‘Harry Potter.'” AWARDS DAILY

Melissa McCarthy is getting Oscar buzz for “Bridesmaids,” but what about Kristen Wiig? “With all those odds stacked against her, Wiig fails to show up in even the second or third tier of most Oscar pundits’ predictions, and it’s time to call that for what it is: unfair bullsh*t. We’ve got three months left in the year, and we’ve already seen several of the performances expected to be in contention for the big O, and you know what? Wiig is better. In fact, we’re willing to say outright that so far, Wiig has delivered the best female performance this year.” VULTURE

UK, Brazil, and Sweden are among International Emmy nominees: “British television productions picked up a leading seven International Emmy nominations Monday, including acting nods for Christopher Eccleston in ‘Accused’ and Julie Walters in ‘Mo.’ Brazil had six nominations, all for TV Globo productions, including best actor and actress nominations for Fabio Assuncao and Adriana Esteves in the TV movie ‘Songs of Betrayal’ about the intense and passionate relationship between two music stars. Sweden’s three nominations all went to ‘Millennium,’ a mini-series based on the late Stieg Larsson‘s best-selling crime novel trilogy. ‘Millennium’ is up for best TV Movie/Mini-Series, with its stars, Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace recognized for their portrayal of investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist and eccentric computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.” CBS NEWS

European Film Academy honors Stephen Frears with its Lifetime Achievement Award: “Having already received the Spanish Goya, the French César, and the British BAFTA, Frears told the EFA organizers by phone, ‘It’s very nice to be complimented by Europe… Of course, I’m never quite sure whether England is part of Europe. We’re divided about this and have complicated feelings. But what matters is to keep European film going. And I’m totally committed to that. Nothing else matters. If the films are good, then people will go and see them.'” DEADLINE

Scott Feinberg reports on “Carnage” at the New York Film Festival: “‘Carnage’ opened the New York Film Festival on Friday night, and, while it played extremely well in Alice Tully Hall (where I saw it), reactions from pundits who attended concurrent press screenings — and who, unlike me, saw the original theatrical production — have been mixed-leaning-negative … My own sense is that it will play well with middle-aged and older folks in the general public and the Academy, most of whom will not compare it with the stage production because they will not have seen it, and who will enjoy seeing that they are not the only people with ‘colorful’ marriages.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Tony-winner “Billy Elliot” set to end its Broadway run: “The Broadway musical ‘Billy Elliot,’ the winner of 10 Tony Awards in 2009 and a hot ticket for much of its run, will close on Jan. 8, 2012, after 3 years and 3 months of performances, the producers announced on Monday. The decision to close ‘Billy Elliot’ came after a somewhat precipitous decline in ticket sales that accelerated through the late spring and summer amid competition from new musicals like ‘The Book of Mormon‘ and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert,’ hit revivals like ‘Anything Goes‘ and ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ and ‘Memphis,’ the durable recipient of the 2010 Tony for best musical.” NEW YORK TIMES

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