John Goodman and Stan Lee will be honored at the Savannah Film Festival. From the press release: "Award-winning actor John Goodman will receive an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema – Supporting Actor of the Year Award and comic book legend and former President and Chairman of Marvel Comics Stan Lee will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Savannah Film Festival, which will take place from October 27th to November 3th. Goodman, whose filmography includes two of last year’s Best Picture nominees ('The Artist' and 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close') and roles in 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'Bringing Out the Dead,' 'The Big Lebowski,' 'Barton Fink' and 'Raising Arizona,' stars this Fall in three feature films including Ben Affleck’s 'Argo,' Robert Lorenz’s 'Trouble with the Curve' and Robert Zemeckis’ 'Flight,' which will screen at the festival."
Tony-winner Derek McLane will design sets for the Oscars: "Derek McLane, a Broadway production designer who won a Tony Award in 2009 for his scenic design for the play 33 Variations, has been selected by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to design the set for the 85th Academy Awards. This will be his first time designing an Oscar set. McLane previously worked with Zadan and Meron on the 2011 Broadway revival of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,' starring Daniel Radcliffe. In addition to his Tony win for '33 Variations,' he was nominated for his designs on 'The Pajama Game' (2006), 'Ragtime' (2010) and 'Anything Goes' (2011)." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Despite initial buzz, "Skyfall" won't be a Best Picture nominee, according to Oliver Lyttleton: "... as ever, certain people have started floating the question: Could 'Skyfall' be a Best Picture nominee? Cinema Blend brought up the possibility (rightly framed by saying 'I'm not naive enough to assume that "Skyfall" can be the one to break the trend'), and only today The Independent weighed in with their own speculation. Hell, bookmakers Paddy Power have the film at 3/1 odds for a Best Picture nomination, which are pretty decent. But you'd be a fool to take that bet. We're firmly on board with the film. If anything, I've grown to like it more and more as I've thought about it, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again this weekend. But we have to say that its chances of more than a handful of nods -- and certainly a Best Picture nomination -- are very slim at best, and we're slightly surprised that we've had to say this." INDIEWIRE
European Film Promotion screens 10 Foreign Film Oscar hopefuls: "Hamburg, Germany-based and MEDIA Programme-funded European Film Promotion is presenting ten of the films submitted by their countries for Foreign Language Film award consideration at the Oscars. During the American Film Market, the screenings of titles seeking U.S. distribution will take place at the Wilshire Screening Room. 'Giving the entries maximum exposure in this crucial time in Los Angeles,' EFP opines, 'attracts the kind of awards season attention which often leads to wide international distribution.'" FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
Sony may not give "Zero Dark Thirty" a wide release until January: "Sony might take a slower approach with Kathryn Bigelow's awards hopeful 'Zero Dark Thirty' in terms of its theatrical rollout. The film -- about the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden and the U.S. Navy SEALs raid that left the world's most wanted terrorist dead -- is still officially set to open nationwide Dec. 19, but theater owners have been informed it might roll out more slowly. One idea being floated is to open 'Zero Dark Thirty' in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 19. On Jan. 4, the movie would expand into a total of 10 or 12 markets, and then go nationwide Jan. 11 -- timed to the announcement of Oscar nominations Jan. 10. Sony declined comment." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Guy Lodge praises the London Film Festival for honoring "Rust and Bone": "More officially, however, its status as the film of the festival was sealed at last night's festival awards ceremony, where a jury led by David Hare handed it the Star of London for Best Film over 11 other shortlisted titles. London has become a happy hunting ground for [Jacques Audiard]: in 2009, his film 'A Prophet' took the inaugural Star, a prize that has since been handed to 'How I Ended This Summer,' 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' and now 'Rust & Bone.' Four years in, and they have yet to make a dud choice." IN CONTENTION