News Nuggets: Academy CEO Dawn Hudson comes under fire

Oops! WB sends the wrong version of the “J. Edgar” screenplay to Oscar voters: “An individual with knowledge of the situation confirms to TheWrap that Warner Bros. sent out a continuity draft of the Dustin Lance Black-penned biopic, rather than the final shooting script. While the draft contains all of the dialogue, it lacks the ‘flourishes’ that guide actors through the action. The individual says that the wrong script went out to ‘a small fraction’ of the members of the branch — only those who requested the script received one. Warners sent a correction, along with the shooting scripts, at Black’s request. According to the individual, everyone involved has ‘moved on’ from the situation following the correction.” REUTERS

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson under fire: “Dawn Hudson, who has been CEO of the Academy for less than six months, is now under fire from members and AMPAS staffers who told the Los Angeles Times that the organization’s board of governors has discussed buying out the remainder of Hudson’s three-year contract … Her offenses reportedly include involving herself in the selection of new members, something normally left to the individual branches; replacing longtime committee chairs, including grants committee head Andrew Marlowe; and trying to push through a $4 million renovation of the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters.” THE WRAP

How should the Oscars reform their much maligned Foreign Film procedures? “Why doesn’t the Academy adopt a procedure for foreign-language films that resembles the one they rely on for documentaries? Let an Academy committee, a ‘Foreign-Film Branch’ akin to the ‘Documentary Branch,’ focus its attention on the year’s foreign-language releases and make pre-nominations that would be winnowed down later. That way, beside cutting out governmental fiat, an extra peculiarity could be avoided—the inability of two great films from the same country to both be nominated. The award, after all, isn’t for best foreign country, just for a movie.” NEW YORKER

50/50” is among the commercial films that still have a shot at Oscar: “In ’50/50,’ [director Jonathan] Levine strikes an even more delicate balance, hitting genuinely comic notes while avoiding mawkish sentimentality … But that could work against the film when it comes to the Academy, which often welcomes a good old-fashioned cry. As the movie’s protagonist says to his concerned mother, played movingly by Anjelica Huston, when it comes time to reveal his diagnosis: ‘Have you ever seen “Terms of Endearment”?'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Oscar-contender Bret McKenzie discusses writing songs for “The Muppets“: “When ‘Flight of the Conchords’ and ‘The Muppets’ director James Bobin originally approached McKenzie, it was to write an ‘upbeat,’ ‘cheerful’ song for the film’s opening, and thus, ‘Life’s a Happy Song‘ was born. From there they moved to a few other tunes in the film that had pre-established beats and/or titles, and finally, McKenzie took on the role of music supervisor full stop, where a large portion of his task was to maintain the ‘Muppety’ sound throughout.” IN CONTENTION

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