News Nuggets: Could writer-director of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ make Oscar history?

Sasha Stone considers a potential history-making Oscar bid for indie film “Middle of Nowhere“: “If Ava DuVernay is nominated for an original screenplay Oscar for ‘Middle of Nowhere’ — a slim possibility, if more people see it — she will be only the second black female screenwriter in 85 years of Oscar history to do so.  You have to yawn all the way back to 1972 to find the one and only co-writer of ‘Lady Sings the Blues,’ Suzanne De Passe nominated alongside Terence McCloy and Chris Clark. DuVernay will be the first writer/director nominated as an individual.” AWARDS DAILY

Will “Bwakaw” earn the Philippines its first Oscar? “That question from Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre is the same one that I and I’m sure those who have seen the movie are asking — will ‘Bwakaw’ earn for the Philippines its first Oscar? Keep our collective fingers crossed. Edmund, who saw the movie at its US premiere at the ongoing (until Oct. 14) 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF), described it as ‘arguably the Philippines’ strongest entry in recent years to the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film category.'” FUNFARE WITH RICKY LO

Luke Bryan leads the American Country Awards with seven nominations: “The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year’s American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday. Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards. Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night’s top honor, artist of the year. Bryan also has nominations in the male artist, album, single and video of the year categories.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jaime Weinman laments the lack of Emmy-nominated child actors: “This was something I should have brought up right after the Emmys, but I’ll bring it up now; consider it a very far-in-advance post about next year’s Emmys. Seeing the entire ‘Modern Family‘ adult cast up for Emmys again, I heard a few people saying that it’s a shame the kids on ‘Modern Family’ are never recognized by the awards. The kids, particularly Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Ariel Winter as Alex, arguably outshine most of the grown-ups. But it’s not surprising that they aren’t nominated: kid actors are almost never nominated for TV shows. I looked over a list of nominees and winners, and the only child actor I could find who won for a regular series – I may have missed one, though – is Kristy McNichol, who won two Emmys for ‘Family.'” MACLEANS.CA

Marion Cotillard to be honored at the Gotham Awards: “Last week it was announced that Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeff Skoll will be presented with career tributes at the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Today, Marion Cotillard is joining their ranks. Cotillard is a critically acclaimed actor, who has built up an enviable filmography, working with some of the industry’s most renowned directors, domestically and abroad. ‘Marion Cotillard is not only a delight to watch, she is one of the most talented women working in cinema around the world today,’ said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the IFP.” FILMMAKER

Taking a look back at the Oscar-winning art direction of “Pan’s Labyrinth”: “I could go through Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ a scene at a time picking out all the brilliant little details that makes its imagery so indelible, but for this post, let’s limit our focus to the film’s most famous scene: The Pale Man … But beyond the surface there are many elements to the scene most viewers will only register subconsciously. Like … the way the scene mirrors an earlier scene where the tale’s other monster sat at the head of another banquet table with his back to a fireplace … or the way the shape Pale Man’s fireplace echoes his own disgusting mouth.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

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