News Nuggets: Gay and Lesbian Critics nominate ‘Weekend,’ ‘Beginners’

“Weekend” nominated alongside Oscar contenders “The Artist,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “The Descendants” for Best Picture at the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Awards. Christopher Plummer (“Beginners“) is nominated for Best Film Performance: GALECA

The stars of TNT’s “Dallas” reboot will appear at the SAG Awards: “Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, stars of TNT’s new series ‘Dallas,’ will be presenters at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer and Director Jeff Margolis announced today. The stars of the classic primetime drama ‘Dallas,’ Hagman, Duffy and Gray are reuniting on TNT’s all-new series, which is currently in production. They now join the roster of other SAG Awards cast reunions of iconic shows such as ‘Mod Squad,’ ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘Mission Impossible.'”

Catherine Deneuve will receive the Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center: “Over her career, Deneuve worked with such iconic directors as Roman Polanski, Terence Young, Tony Scott and François Truffaut, under whose direction she won a César Award for ‘The Last Metro.’ She won another César and was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Indochine’ and in 2008, she filmed her 100th film, ‘Un conte de Noël.’ The Film Society of Lincoln Center held its first annual gala in 1972 when it honored Charles Chaplin.  The award was later renamed in honor of the famous silent film actor, and has been bestowed upon such notables as Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor and Meryl Streep. Deneuve is the 39th recipient of the award.” INDIEWIRE

Oscar nomination ballots are due today: “The 5,783 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. In the majority of the categories, PwC will tabulate the ballots using the preferential voting system. The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.”

Oscar-snubbed documentary “The Interrupters” wins the top prize at the Cinema Eye Honors: “The film was honored as the year’s best nonfiction film, and [Steve] James won the award as the year’s best director. It was the first time in the five-year history of the Cinema Eye Honors that one film had won both awards. ‘Tonight, I don’t care about the Oscars!’ said James when he accepted the award from Michael Moore – who also happens to be the Academy Documentary Branch governor who pushed through new rules designed to prevent snubs like the ones suffered by James for both ‘The Interrupters’ and his 1994 classic ‘Hoop Dreams.'” THE WRAP

Fox Searchlight promotes the cinematography and editing of “The Descendants“: “… Fox Searchlight has proven to be as savvy as any studio at navigating the often-murky waters of the awards season. Therefore, I am quite confident that its awards team knows exactly how few films have won the best picture Oscar without first scoring nominations for best cinematography … and/or best film editing … and that it is precisely for that reason that it is fighting very hard to win the support of the Academy’s cinematography branch (201 members) and film editing branch (220 members) for ‘The Descendants,’ their 2011 best picture Oscar hopeful.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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