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