News Nuggets: Will Cannes winner ‘Amour’ be a major Oscar contender?

Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart both interested for Oscar-caliber role? “The women are aggressively jockeying for the role of Peyton Loftis in an adaptation of William Styron‘s edgy first novel, ‘Lie Down in Darkness.’ ‘It is very unusual for two actresses to be so vocal in lobbying for a role,’ a source told the New York Post, ‘and even more unusual that they are the two hottest young actresses of the moment.’ ‘Darkness’ follows a psychologically vulnerable young woman who is preyed upon by her father in 1950s Virginia. ‘Crazy Heart’ director Scott Cooper is helming the movie, which will not begin production until next year.” NEWS.COM.AU

Will Cannes champ “Amour” be a major player in the Oscar race? “Gaining the biggest foothold — and offering the most intriguing questions — was ‘Amour,’ Michael Haneke‘s examination of an elderly man who must care for his wife after she becomes the victim of a stroke. Sony Pictures Classics plans to release the movie this year and would be justified in holding hopes for major Oscar consideration. The French-language film garnered critical raves and standing ovations here, and on Sunday capped off its magic run by winning the Palme d’Or, Cannes’ top prize. The movie tells a universally human story and centers on older people, which some pundits believe is an advantage with Oscar voters.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Charlize Theron was shocked by Michael Fassbender‘s Oscar snub: “The actress was already a huge fan of the Irish star before they met on the set of new sci-fi epic ‘Prometheus,’ thanks to his acclaimed turn as a sex addict in the hard-hitting movie last year … She tells Britain’s You magazine, ‘My co-star Michael Fassbender is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever been around. I saw him in “Shame,” in which he plays a sex addict, and I didn’t stop thinking about that film for weeks. No disrespect to the people who were nominated for Oscars, but the fact he wasn’t to me was utter bulls**t. I think he’s incredible. He’s so effortless that I want to punch him! It just seeps out of him.'” CONTACT MUSIC

Three Judy Garlands are better than one: “It is late on a Wednesday night, after the final bows have been delivered on Broadway. The applause has died down and the last audience members have sauntered out into the street. There is still time for one last piece of Broadway magic: a special gathering of three actresses who share an uncommon role. The last to arrive is Isabel Keating, who has graciously rushed from the stage of ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” with a bottle of champagne to be here. She pops her head into the small, elegant private room in the back of the Belasco Theatre. ‘This is so wonderful! The other Judys!’ says Keating as her companions turn and smile. Though meeting Tracie Bennett and Tammy Blanchard for the first time, their lives have already intersected. All three have, at some point, played Judy Garland to wild acclaim. And all their lives have been changed as a result.” TELEGRAM

Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam explains his stance on awards: “I’ve gotten myself in trouble talking about the Emmys … Just to clarify one particular incident where I said something silly: In the middle of our show’s life, a lot of people felt that we were due for some sort of recognition, which fueled the fires of some members of our team who felt the same way… My philosophy about the whole thing is that awards are like gifts: it’s lovely to receive them, and it is very bad form to covet them. I was trying to explain this and wasn’t articulating it exactly as I wanted to – it was coming across as incredibly earnest – so I said, ‘F–k the Emmys.'” TV LINE

Owen Gleiberman on Cannes reaction to “The Paperboy“: “When you hear about a movie that gets booed at the Cannes Film Festival, you tend to picture a monolithic thumbs-down chorus, like an ancient arena crowd turning on a gladiator. Actually, that’s not how it works. There is almost always at least some polite applause after film festival showings, so the boos, when they do happen, tend to be mixed in with clapping. That’s the sound I heard this morning when the closing credits rolled on Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy.’ And, in fact, that sound expressed my own feelings exactly. I wanted to do a catcall and clap encouragingly at the same time.” EW.COM

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