The Recording Academy announces its 2013 Hall of Fame inductees. From the press release: "Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2013 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees range from AC/DC's 'Back In Black' album to Frank Sinatra's recording of 'Theme from "New York, New York."' Also added to the highly regarded list are Billy Joel's 'Piano Man,' Paul McCartney & Wings' album 'Band On The Run,' Ray Charles' 'Hit The Road Jack,' the Drifters' 'On Broadway,' Charles Mingus' album 'Mingus Ah Um,' and self-titled albums from Elton John and Whitney Houston. Other inductees include the Broadway cast recording of 'Lost In The Stars,' and recordings by James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, and Little Richard, among others."
Sony Pictures Classics launches its official website for AMOUR.
Will "Life of Pi" win the Visual Effects Oscar? "In terms of effects, there's no doubt that 'Pi' is the front-runner. In a year without the obvious innovations of an 'Avatar' or 'Inception,' 'Pi' has the most immediately impressive stuff going on, thanks to its expressive, near-photorealistic animals. It might not be pushing the craft forward especially, but it's grabbier than some of its tentpole competition. Most crucially, it's also all but certain to be a Best Picture contender. Since visual effects got their own category, a Best Picture nominee, when up for an effects awards, has always won, even when up against more traditionally effects-driven films." INDIEWIRE
Is the "Skyfall" Oscar buzz real, or just wishful thinking? "... lately I've begun to wonder if, should the hype not subside much, the world's favorite super spy might finally win a nomination or two again. Two nominations would be a major win for Team 'Skyfall' though the current hype would have you perceive that as a disappointing haul since it suggests that multiple nods and even a Best Picture citation are just around the corner. It's this overreaching by fans and the more excitable pundits that keeps forcing me back into Killjoy Corner. But let me repeat: a Best Picture nomination is not happening; Ten spots is not Twenty. And Bond Films aren't even close to the top of Oscar's Favorite Franchises heap anyway." THE FILM EXPERIENCE
Kris Tapley wonders whether Jessica Chastain could steal Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar thunder: "While Sony has been busy keeping a lid on most of the details of Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,' right down to the specificity of the role Chastain would play in the film, the Best Actress race has been slowly congealing into a big bid for Chastain's fellow young ingenue Jennifer Lawrence in 'Silver Linings Playbook.' But I'm betting that's all about to change. It's probably ill-advised to write something like this before seeing 'Zero Dark Thirty,' so let's get that out of the way first. This is pure sideline guessing (informed by this and that from those who have seen the film). But I've nevertheless been wondering for some time whether Chastain could spoil, and the way I hear it, she stands out enough in Bigelow's film to do just that." IN CONTENTION
SAG Awards nominating ballots mailed today. Press release: "Ballots for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations will be mailed to this year’s SAG Awards film and television nominating committees on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Screen Actors Guild Award—The Actor—is presented for outstanding performances in motion pictures and primetime television. The nominees for performances in 2012, including the distinctive ensemble awards and the stunt ensemble honors, will be chosen by two separate film and television nominating panels, each comprised of 2,100 members from across the United States that were randomly selected this spring."
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