News Nuggets: An Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Hunger Games’?

“Hunger Games” director Gary Ross thinks Jennifer Lawrence should be nominated for another Oscar: “‘The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,’ he raves of Lawrence’s portrayal of series heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced alongside other children into a televised fight-to-the-death. ‘It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.'” EW.COM

The Artist” is the only Best Picture nominee this year filmed entirely in Los Angeles: “Only ‘The Artist,’ however, filmed exclusively locally, giving star treatment to iconic Hollywood locations — from downtown L.A.’s historic movie palace the Orpheum Theatre to the Hancock Park mansion where Mary Pickford once lived — at a time when many productions are leaving the state for cheaper locales … ‘”The Artist” was not just a love letter to silent cinema, but to the city of Los Angeles as well,’ director Michel Hazanavicius said recently at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, where the film picked up four awards including best picture.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Ten movie stars who should make the move to television: “Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Harrison Ford and Tilda Swinton should take the plunge into television. And we don’t mean this in a bad way. Not only has Dustin Hoffman found a new place, along with Oscar nominee Nick Nolte, in HBO’s ‘Luck,’ award-winning actors such as Glenn Close (‘Damages‘), Claire Danes (‘Homeland‘), Jessica Lange (‘American Horror Story‘) and Alec Baldwin (‘30 Rock‘) have all discovered that television is not just a cemetery for once-promising film careers.” THE WRAP

Mark Harris defends the Oscars against critics: “The job of the Academy Awards is not to be ‘relevant,’ or ‘in touch,’ or objectively reflective of any set of preferences other than that of the voters. Contrary to cliché, the Oscars are not a popularity contest. They are weird, random, both collective and subjective, deeply idiosyncratic, and often unreliable. That’s a reason to love them, not to dismiss them … Much of the sourness this year seems to be landing on one movie (and I’ve contributed my share of it). That nagging question, ‘Is “The Artist” really going to win Best Picture?’ is symptomatic of a system that has spent months insistently attempting to anoint a front-runner and is now infuriated that we have one, because it makes the race too predictable.” GRANTLAND

Remembering Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “The Fall,” “Immortals”): “Eiko Ishioka, the gleefully cracked design genius who passed away last week at the age of 73, was one such artist: whether applied to a lavish Gothic period nightmare or a sleekly futuristic psycho-fantasy, her film costume work is bound by common forms, features and fetishes that build up to their own kind of auteur watermark.” IN CONTENTION

Sundance Film Festival entry “Nobody Walks” picked up for domestic and international distribution: “Myriad Pictures has picked up international rights to ‘Nobody Walks’ and will screen the picture for international buyers at the European Film Market next week, the company said Tuesday. Magnolia bought U.S. rights to the movie at the Sundance Film Festival, where the movie screened. John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dylan McDermott and Justin Kirk star in the movie, about what happens to a family when an art student rents their back house.” THE WRAP

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