News Nuggets: Only 39 Oscar-eligible films directed by women

By Daniel Montgomery
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Dec 21 2012 12:37 pm
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Dodai Stewart reports that only 39 out of the 282 Oscar-eligible films this year are directed by women, including "Friends with Kids," "Middle of Nowhere," and of course "Zero Dark Thirty." JEZEBEL

Black Film Critics Circle picks "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Picture, also singles out "Middle of Nowhere" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis. EURWEB

Economics prevented Magnolia from supporting Ann Dowd's Oscar campaign for "Compliance," so she paid out of pocket to send out screeners on her own. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Oscar's amended documentary rules produced mixed results this year, says Pete Hammond: "Although a number of better-known and critically acclaimed docs made the top 15, there were still those HBO docs like 'Ethel' that made the cut even though its TV airdate has come and gone. Yet high-profile, acclaimed theatrical docs like 'West of Memphis' (which had Hobbit heavyweights Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh backing it), 'The Central Park Five' (from Ken Burns), and 'Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel' were snubbed." DEADLINE

Bobby Sanabria, who protested the Grammys' elimination of categories last year, feels vindicated by his nomination this year in the restored Latin Jazz category: "'We're very proud,' Sanabria said in a recent interview. 'It just places emphasis on the importance of this uniquely American art form. ... Of all the forms of music that are still getting recognition from the Grammys, this is one of the most disenfranchised forms because it isn't part of mainstream culture.'" ASSOCIATED PRESS

Scott Feinberg wonders whether holiday-season Oscar voting will affect the kinds of movies that will be nominated. Will uplifting fare trump darker films? HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Ben Affleck will receive the Humanitarian Award from Cinema For Peace for founding the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. The awards will be presented at the 2013 Gala for Humanity on January 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Anne Hathaway will be receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award from the Costume Designers Guild. Awards will be presented on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD

 
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