News Nuggets: ‘The Artist’s’ dog Uggie will be shut out of the Oscars

Uggie, the scene-stealing dog from “The Artist” won’t be eligible for an Oscar, and it’s all Rin Tin Tin‘s fault: “In her new book ‘Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,’ Susan Orlean writes that in the first year Oscars were awarded, ‘according to Hollywood legend, Rinty received the most votes for best actor. But members of the Academy, anxious to establish the awards were serious and important, decided that giving an Oscar to a dog did not serve that end.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Brett Ratner‘s slur is only the tip of the iceberg of Hollywood homophobia: “‘Rehearsals are for fags’ at least assumed that openly gay actors make it to rehearsals: in Hollywood, they’re not even getting called to the auditions. When Hollywood wants to do a ‘ground-breaking film’ about homosexuality, it finds straight actors to play gay … As Rupert Everett remarked: ‘A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. I think that’s fine, but the gay actor who used to just get to play the gay part – like me – has been reduced to drag, really.'” TELEGRAPH

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black discusses sexuality in “J. Edgar“: “Well people have been speculating about J. Edgar’s sexuality for generations now. People have been saying ‘Oh, he ran around in cocktail dresses!’ That, to me, didn’t ring true and in my research proved not to be true. But also in looking into his record as a heterosexual he failed miserably. And so it becomes quite clear when you look at what he did and didn’t do that whether or not he ever consummated it, this was a guy who was not straight.” TOWLEROAD

Roadside Attractions celebrates its film “Albert Nobbs,” pushes “Margin Call“: “Earlier this evening, I had the pleasure of spending some time at a reception in Hollywood with the folks from the film ‘Albert Nobbs’ … The event was hosted by Roadside Attractions, the small studio that guided ‘The Cove’ (2009) to a best documentary Oscar two years ago and ‘Winter’s Bone’ (2010) to best picture, best actress, best supporting actor, and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominations last year. This year, they are strongly pushing ‘Nobbs’ … and, they decided in the last 48-hours, another film, as well: ‘Margin Call,’ which was written and directed by first-time filmmaker J.C. Chandor and features an incredible ensemble cast led by Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, and Mary McDonnell.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Brian Grazer is prepared for the criticism that frequently befalls Oscar producers: “I guess I already have some experience of that [as a movie producer]. Maybe people will be easier on it this year. But I don’t know — why should they be? They never have before. [Laughs] I don’t know. Things like print and cinema — the artistic forms that really matter — we’re supposed to be respectful to them so they live on. I think people should give a sh*t.” EW.COM

Which young starlet will be this year’s breakout Oscar nominee? “Though many are befuddled this year by the new Oscar math, perhaps unable to parse just how many votes it will take to land a best picture nomination or anticipate even how many nominees there will be, one recent regular equation looks to hold firm: One indie film plus one fresh ingénue equals nominations … ‘If you look at the last few years at the academy, there’s always sort of one film that people support for one reason or the other and a lot of it has to do with discovery, discovering new talent,’ said Andrea Sperling, a veteran indie producer on the awards merry-go-round for the first time with ‘Like Crazy,’ the Grand Jury Prize winner this year at Sundance.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

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