News Nuggets: Quentin Tarantino wins screenwriting prize at Hollywood Film Awards

Will Tim Burton‘s personal film “Frankenweenie” win him his first Oscar? “Burton’s overdue at the Oscars; thus far his only nomination was for stop-motion ‘Corpse Bride’ … it’s hard not to be seduced by what is being regarded as Burton’s most personal movie. During the making of ‘Frankenweenie,’ the director would gently rebuke, ‘That’s not the way it was,’ in reference to recreating what it was like growing up in Burbank in the 1970s. It’s as though his entire ethos is encapsulated in this heartwarming yet cautionary tale of a boy and his dog. And what better way to evoke the ‘Frankenstein’ myth than in stop-motion?” THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Oliver Lyttelton considers the Oscar race for Best Supporting Actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s to lose? “Right now, the big heavyweight, and essentially the lock in the race is probably Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘The Master.’ It’s widely assumed by now that he’ll be campaigning in Supporting Actor, with Joaquin Phoenix taking lead, and even if the part’s not quite the Daniel Plainview-type career-defining role we thought it could be, the actor’s so good in the film that a nomination is pretty much assured. Is the award already his? Certainly not, with many, many others still in the mix.” INDIEWIRE

Quentin Tarantino honored at the Hollywood Film Awards: “Quentin Tarantino, the iconic Oscar-winning scribe of ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) who is in Oscar contention again this year for the Civil War-era spaghetti Western ‘Django Unchained,’ will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards — the first awards show of the 2012 Oscar season — when its gala ceremony is held Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton … Previous recipients of the Hollywood Screenwriter Award include Robert Towne (2002), Ronald Bass (2003), John Logan (2004), Akiva Goldsman (2005), Eric Roth (2006), Christopher Hampton (2007), John Patrick Shanley (2008) and Aaron Sorkin (2010).” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CBS greenlights FBI drama from “Homeland” creators: “‘Homeland’ creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa are expanding from the CIA to the FBI — and they’re doing it with CBS. Gordon and Gansa have landed a a new drama project with CBS, ‘Anatomy of Violence,’ that revolves around a female FBI agent who starts working with a mysterious psychiatrist with whom she shares a past connection. The project is based on Adrian Raine‘s soon-to-be-published nonfiction book ‘The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime.'” THE WRAP

Reasons why “Life of Pi” could be a potential Best Picture winner: “Despite ecstatic reviews from critics at the New York film festival this week, ‘Life of Pi’ has been met with a curiously grudging response from the assembled ranks of Oscar-ologists and awards-season prognosticators … Wake up people! ‘Life of Pi’ is not just a strong contender to make the list of nominees for best picture, but one of the few films that has the potential to go all the way. Here’s why …” THE GUARDIAN

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