Oscar test page suggests Sharen Davis might already have secured a Costume Design nomination for "Django Unchained": "... according to an accidentally published test page on Oscars.org, 'Django Unchained' costume designer Sharen Davis has already clinched a slot. “This is the third Academy Award nomination for Sharen Davis. She was previously nominated for Dreamgirls (2006) and Ray (2004)” the site said." VANITY FAIR
Michael Musto on the characters with illnesses and disabilities likely to be represented among this year's Oscar nominees, explaining "Get sick on screen, cough a little too hard, and you've got a nomination all locked up." VILLAGE VOICE
Despite revisions to Oscar's Foreign Language Film rules, earning nomination is still an uphill battle: "'I think ultimately it's a bit unfair,' said Jeff Lipsky of Adopt Films, distributor of the Swiss film 'Sister,' which did make the shortlist, as well as the German submission 'Barbara' and the Italian submission 'Caesar Must Die,' both of which did not. 'The category is called best foreign language film, not best foreign language film as selected by an overly politicized committee in every nation of the world.'" LOS ANGELES TIMES
Oscar manufacturer Scott Siegel disappointed by increasing use of overseas labor to produce awards statues: "'Recipients of these awards, many of them prestigious, have no idea that they are made in China. I think that is unethical and dishonest,' Mr. Siegel says. He's confident that a lot of entertainers would be 'pretty pissed off' upon discovering the overseas origins of their Golden Globe. 'Especially when they find out that some were taken away from a U.S. company and exported to China to save a few bucks.'" CRAIN'S
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