News Nuggets: Oscars will switch to online voting in 2013

This year’s Best Director race illustrates the troubling gender gap just two years after Kathryn Bigelow‘s win: “A study was released today that showed female directors only accounted for 5% of the films made in 2011. Among that list are many formidable women: Phyllida Lloyd whose ‘The Iron Lady‘ received two nods, Gotham Breakthrough Director Award winner Dee Rees of ‘Pariah,’ and ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s’ BAFTA-nominated Lynne Ramsay … Of course, none of this justifies or explains why there have been only four female Best Director nominees in Oscar history: Bigelow, Lina Wertmüller for 1976′s ‘Seven Beauties,’ Jane Campion for 1993′s ‘The Piano,’ and Sofia Coppola for 2003′s ‘Lost in Translation.'” EW.COM

The Oscars switch to online voting in 2013: “The tradition-bound Academy announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with the election expert Everyone Counts to develop a system for what it is calling ‘electronic’ voting. Everyone else would probably call it online voting, since that’s where the voting will take place. The system will be ready in time for next year’s Academy Awards. ‘This is the first of many steps that we’ll be taking toward developing a secure and convenient electronic voting system, beginning with next year’s ballot,’ said Academy Chief Operating Officer Ric Robertson. ‘We’re excited to have found great partners in the people who do this best.'” THE WRAP

Only the Critics’ Choice Awards correctly predicted the ascendance of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close“: “For years now they’ve been hoping to be the pre-eminent Oscar predicting moving group — I have always said they should aim higher — but they, not the DGA, nor the AFI, not the NBR, not the PGA, not the Golden Globe or the BAFTA — the Critics Choice and the Critics Choice alone predicted both ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ In fact, so closely aligned was the BFCA with the AMPAS that with ten Best Picture choices in their grasp they chose ‘War Horse‘ AND ‘Tree of Life’ AND ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.’ NO ONE ELSE DID.” AWARDS DAILY

Presenters for the DGA Awards have been announced: “Hours after the Academy Award nominations were announced, presenters for the 64th annual Directors Guild Awards were revealed. Michelle Williams, George Clooney, Ben Kingsley, Octavia Spencer, Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Jessica Chastain and Owen Wilson have been tapped to present at Saturday’s ceremony. Additionally, DGA president Taylor Hackford, Michael Apted, Jon Cryer, Laura Dern, Tom Hooper, Stana Katic, Kathleen Robertson, Betty Thomas and Deborah Ann Woll will also take part.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Despite Oscar snub for “Young Adult,” Patton Oswalt will make the rounds on the awards circuit as host: “Remember that moment at the BFCA ‘Critics Choice’ Show when Patton Oswalt took the stage, owned it, said somewhat interesting things (I forget what but it’s been a long month), got laughs. Everyone in the twitterverse was all ‘why isn’t he hosting?’ Apparently that moment was not lost on Hollywood. Oswalt has not one but two upcoming hosting gigs in February. First ‘Remy’ himself (‘Ratatouille’!) will host the animation industry’s Annie Awards on February 4th, 2012 … and just three days later he’ll host the Visual Effects Society Awards. Those people did a good job on his damaged legs in ‘Young Adult,’ you must admit.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year: “The actor was named Australian Of The Year 2012 in his home country on Wednesday. Rush, an Oscar, BAFTA, Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner is also a 3-time Australian Film Institute honoree. His latest film, Fred Schepisi’s ‘The Eye of the Storm,’ was just picked up by Sycamore Entertainment Group for the U.S. The Australian Of The Year Awards celebrate eminent Australians by profiling leading citizens who act as role models through their achievements and contributions.” DEADLINE

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