News Nuggets: ‘Tree of Life’ tops Sight & Sound critics poll

The Tree of Life” tops Sight & Sound’s critics’ poll of the year’s best: “It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Terrence Malick‘s ‘The Tree of Life’ would top the list: divisive it may be, but the film remains unrivalled as the critical talking point of 2011. It won the poll by a comfortable margin: editor Nick James reveals that it had half as many votes again as the similarly predictable runner-up, Asghar Farhadi‘s ‘A Separation.’ Check out the full list …” IN CONTENTION

Why the Oscars might not move up its awards date in 2013 after all: “The Academy’s broadcast partner ABC has a say in these plans and I have been told by a very informed Acad source that the January 27, 2013 date has been ruled out and the earliest they could go is February 3. Problem is that happens to be the date of the Super Bowl so obviously that Sunday is out. So is the next Sunday after that for an undisclosed reason meaning the earliest the show could go is February 17 and frankly my sources say they will have to think about the value of moving it just one week earlier than it is already. ” DEADLINE

The TV Academy announces new Hall of Fame Inductees: “Producers Mary-Ellis Bunim & Jonathan Murray, network executive Michael Eisner, game show host Don Francisco, actor Sherman Hemsley, lighting designer Bill Klages, producer Chuck Lorre and the beloved comedy duo of Vivian Vance & William Frawley will be honored in the 21st  Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on March 1st, 2012. Mary-Ellis Bunim, Vivian Vance and William Frawley will be inducted posthumously.” EMMYS.TV

Will “Drive” be snubbed across the board? “For some moviegoers, Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’ was the movie of 2011 (ditto that soundtrack). Nevertheless, over at Nerve, Jett Wells echoes the sad realization of many a ‘Drive’-loving Oscar-watcher: Academy Award nominations are about as unlikely for the stylish crime pic as a clean getaway is for Ryan Gosling’s boyish, near-mute anti-hero … As for a supporting nod for Albert Brooks? Sure, it’s possible. And his Bernie Rose is a terrifically terrifying surprise turn, but it’s still a long shot.” MOVIELINE

The Adventures of Tintin” has already earned more than $200 million worldwide: “Given ‘Tintin’s’ huge popularity outside America, it’s no surprise that the film has been tearing up the box office — nor is it a surprise the powers that be would want to capitalize on that popularity to build buzz as ‘Tintin’ draws closer to U.S. shores. I’m hardly the first to say it, but it’ll be interesting to see whether Spielberg’s name alone will make up for any lack of awareness of the boy reporter and his dog Snowy for Stateside moviegoers. Personally, I tend to equate ‘Tintin’ to football, another worldwide phenomenon that has traditionally eluded Americans.” DEADLINE

Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for upcoming album: “Rumors have been swirling about the possible triple threat for several weeks, but no one was certain until Saturday. The powerhouse lady rappers are said to be recording rhymes for Madonna’s ‘Give Me All Your Love,’ which leaked online to mixed reception earlier this month. Madonna is currently wrapping production on the so-far-untitled album — due next spring — and promoting her film ‘W.E.,’ which premieres two days before she is expected to perform at Super Bowl XLVI.” EW.COM

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