News Nuggets: SAG ensemble rules lead to shocking omissions

SAG ensemble rules leave out many important actors: “According to guild rules, ensemble award casts are represented by actors billed on separate cards in the main titles … In Woody Allen‘s ‘Midnight in Paris,’ the omissions are even more glaring. If one is to judge by SAG’s list of nominees, the cast includes Adrien Brody, who plays Salvador Dali, but not Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemingway and is by far the most talked-about and honored of the actors who play historical figures. (San Francisco’s film critics named him the year’s best supporting actor.) Kathy Bates, who plays Gertrude Stein, is listed; Alison Pill and Tom Hiddleston, who play Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, are not.” THE WRAP

WGA Awards set its west coast team: “Spike Jones Jr is returning to executive produce the 2012 WGA Awards’ West Coast show, set for February 19 at the Hollywood Palladium. The veteran producer has overseen four WGA West ceremonies, including the past two years. Also returning is talent producer Carole Propp and head writer Guy Nicolucci, who both worked on last year’s event. The WGA Awards will be held simultaneously in Hollywood and New York.” DEADLINE

Why has Hunter McCracken been ignored this awards season? “The young star of ‘The Tree of Life‘ picked up a notice from the Chicago crowd for Most Promising Performer, and if you can believe it, it’s only the first time he’s been mentioned in an awards capacity this season. The first time! Though please correct me if I’m wrong. This is stunning to me. I think the kid is good enough to warrant Best Actor attention, as you know, but he hasn’t even shown up in the various youth performance categories. I was most disheartened to see that he didn’t even land in the BFCA’s Best Young Actor/Actress category.” IN CONTENTION

Camera operators announce their Lifetime Achievement winners: “The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be handed out February 12 in North Hollywood. The Camera Operator award goes to Paul Babin, whose credits include ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ among his film and TV work over more than two decades. Other honors: Zoran Veselic (‘Moneyball,’ ‘The Muppets’), Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician; Harry Rez (‘Doogie Howser MD,’ ‘Nashville’), Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator; Andrew E. Cooper (‘The Departed,’ ‘War Horse’), Lifetime Achievement as Motion Picture Stills Photographer; Sol Negrin (‘Kojak,’ ‘The Patty Duke Show’), Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to the Motion Picture Industry.” DEADLINE

Gary Oldman honored in Palm Springs: “Gary Oldman will be honored with the International Star Award at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala … ‘Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent,’ festival chairman Harold Matzner said. ‘In “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” as the embodiment of John le Carré‘s classic spymaster George Smiley, he combines cunning, pathos and cold determination when he is brought out of retirement to ferret out a double agent during the Cold War.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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