Frank Ocean may not make another album after the success of "Channel Orange": "It could be [my only album]. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cos that's just … that's just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that." GUARDIAN
Hunter Hayes excited about his first Grammy nominations: "Hunter Hayes can't say which of his three Grammy nominations he's most excited about. Why? 'Because they're all Grammys. And I'm nominated for them,' he told me before his Wednesday night (Dec. 12) show in Chicago. 'So I'm pretty stoked for all of them, even though it's impossible to say which one I'm most excited about.' But he did talk about what each one meant to him. The best new artist nomination is cool, he said, because it's an all-genre category. 'I'm getting to wave the country flag and be that guy. I get to be the one representing the genre that I love, and that's an honor for me. But it's a tall order. Especially in a category with those insanely talented musicians.'" CMT
Making a last-ditch Oscar appeal for "Anna Karenina": "'Anna Karenina' is the best awards-ready movie of the year that isn’t getting an ounce of awards attention. Frankly, I find it somewhat surprising. Joe Wright’s three literary adaptations are the sort of thing that we all assume will dominate – every list of stereotypical 'Oscar bait' includes the phrase 'prestige adaptation.' Yet it’s almost as if we’ve now reached a point where even the Academy has classic literature fatigue. I don’t think James Ivory’s trio of Best Director nods could have happened in the ‘00s, and just last year Cary Fukunaga’s remarkably wrought 'Jane Eyre' got absolutely nowhere. The pre-modern costume drama is out. We’ve moved on to gritty adaptations like 'No Country for Old Men' or flashy international affairs like 'Slumdog Millionaire,' trading in the high school English syllabus for the New York Times bestseller list." FILM SCHOOL REJECTS
Michael Musto considers the possibility of both the oldest and youngest Best Actress nominees ever: "I started thinking those breakthroughs could simultaneously happen if both Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva get nominated for Best Actress on January 10, when the Academy's list of chosen folk is announced. Wallis, now 9, has gotten acclaim for her startling turn as Hushpuppy in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' while Riva, 85, has won her own raves and trophies for brilliantly playing the dying woman in 'Amour.' A nomination would be extra sweet for Riva because, according to Wikipedia, her birthday is February 24--the date of the Oscars! In other words, she's turning 86 on the day she could win a golden boy!" VILLAGE VOICE
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle turns down knighthood: "When Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was beamed around the world showing Britain in all its idiosyncratic glory there were some who felt his creation was subversive to the point of being anti-establishment. Now, in a decision that will inevitably solidify the Lancashire director’s reputation to surprise, Boyle has turned down a knighthood for his role in this summer’s games. According to reports this weekend, the man who gave us Satanic Mills, giant NHS beds and a parachuting monarch, has politely declined being elevated to Sir Danny because he wants to remain 'a man of the people.'" THE INDEPENDENT
Toronto film critics pick "The Master" as the year's best: "The Toronto Film Critics Association has named 'The Master,' Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult-leader drama, as the year’s best film. Michael Haneke’s 'Amour' and Kathryn Bigelow’s 'Zero Dark Thirty' emerged in the voting as the runner-ups. The group also gave Anderson top honors for best director and best screenplay, while Philip Seymour Hoffman was named best supporting actor." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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