News Nuggets: ‘The Skin I Live In’ leads the Goya Award nominations

SAG lines up its presenters: “Actor® recipients Ed Helms, Julianna Margulies and Natalie Portman will join Actor nominee Armie Hammer, SAG Awards® social network ambassador Regina King and SAG President Ken Howard as presenters at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today … The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.”

Are the Oscars still relevant? “This is a season of insanity, the awards season, that spells out the sorry state of movies and moviegoing. The Oscars have existed since 1927, and anyone who feels sweepstaked into watching their show knows that the life and the need have been leaking out of it for the best part of twenty years … And the Academy, while being the most illustrious of the award-giving entities, knows in its heart that the fun and the culture of movies are over. They also know that their status has been so eroded you half expect the Oscar statuettes to turn into Chucky bobble-heads as the winners clutch them to their hearts.” NEW REPUBLIC

The Skin I Live In” leads the Goya nominations: “Director Pedro Almodovar will lead the way at the 2012 Goya Awards after receiving 16 nominations for ‘The Skin I Live In.’ The thriller will go up against ‘No Rest for the Wicked,’ ‘The Sleeping Voice,’ and ‘Blackthorn’ for the coveted best film prize at Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars on 19 February (12). Almodovar is also competing in the best director category, while his lead stars Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya are up for the top acting prizes.” SPANISH FILM ACADEMY

Celebs will dine on gold at the Golden Globes: “Golden flakes will top their dessert following a meal that chef Suki Sugiura will prepare using foods flown in from around the world for the event, which is one of Hollywood’s most-watched film and television awards shows. But unlike the film world’s Oscars or TV’s Emmys, where stars sit side-by-side in a theater, guests at the Golden Globes are treated to a gourmet meal by the event’s organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Moet & Chandon, which has been the official champagne for the Golden Globes for 21 years, will serve its traditional Imperial mini bottles on the red carpet to arriving guests.” REUTERS

Roger Ebert addresses the Academy’s new documentary eligibility rules: “The Academy’s work on its rules is obviously not finished. I have no handy suggestions for them. What’s needed is some sort of  system to filter new documentaries down to a number that can be fairly evaluated. I’ve seen a photo of DVDs submitted to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Too many for one lifetime. They parcel them out among volunteers. At the end of the day it all comes down to somebody’s dreams and somebody else’s eyeballs.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ernst & Young LLP continues its tradition of tabulating Golden Globe votes: “Prior to the telecast, the names of the winners will be safeguarded by Ernst & Young LLP, a leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services and services to strategic growth markets. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has relied on the firm for the past 39 years to conduct the ballot tabulation process of the Golden Globes® with security, integrity and reliability … ‘We maintain the accuracy and integrity of the Golden Globe® Awards voting process and protect the security of the results,’ said Andy Sale, Ernst & Young LLP lead partner responsible for the 2012 Golden Globe® Awards.” MARKET WATCH

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