Oscars news: Angelina Jolie on true story of ‘Unbroken,’ WGA ineligible led by ‘Selma’

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As Jonathan Dornbush observes, “for Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ telling the story of Olympian and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini became more than just the culmination of a 50-year journey to the big screen. It became about honoring the man whose story it tells. In a new featurette for the film, Jolie and the movie’s real-life inspiration, Louis Zamperini, discuss their desire to tell Zamperini’s story and what that opportunity offers them. EW

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Cara Buckley, who has just taken over the Carpetbagger column, dishes a recent encounter with the cast of “The Imitation Game“: “At the November lunch, hosted by the go-to eventress Peggy Siegal, at the Four Seasons,Keira Knightley was placed at a table of all women, Benedict Cumberbatch was seated with a lot of men wearing tweed, Allan Leech was in a far corner, and the Bagger found herself alongside the film’s affable, ginger-haired Norwegian director, Morten Tyldum, who is still firmly in ‘I can’t believe I’m here’ territory. New York Times

Kris Tapley has the scoop on the scripts that won’t be eligible for WGA consideration. “On the original screenplay category, which features 60 eligible contenders, the biggest Oscar player not on the list is Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb‘s ‘Selma.’ That would have been a nice bump during the guild phase for a film that could be on track for big things at the Academy Awards, but it was not a signatory production.” In Contention

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Scott Feinberg writes: “With little more than a month remaining until the Academy whittles down the list of 83 foreign-language films that were submitted for Oscar consideration this year to a shortlist of nine from which the five nominees will eventually be chosen, I thought it might be an interesting time to provide some fun facts about several of the top contenders from this year’s impressive field.” THR

As Christy Grosz observes, “Four years ago, Ava DuVernay quit a lucrative publicity career to pursue film directing full time, and in this brief span she’s covered a lot of territory. Her second feature, 2012’s L.A.-set relationship drama ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ earned her a best director prize at Sundance (a first for an African-American woman) and an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. ‘Nowhere’ also opened the door to her third film, Paramount’s ‘Selma,’ which follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The Christmas release has a who’s-who of talent, including producer-actor Oprah Winfrey and Britain-born David Oyelowo playing MLK.” Deadline

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