News Nuggets: London Film Critics pick 'Amour,' Joaquin Phoenix
"Amour" top the London Film Critics Circle Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), and Best Screenplay (Michael Haneke). Other acting awards go to Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor) for "The Master," as well as Anne Hathaway, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables." Hollywood Reporter
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But Phoenix is still uncomfortable with winning awards. He released a statement after being honored by the London critics: "'I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me,' the Puerto Rico-born thesp confessed. 'To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character. I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues.'" Ace Showbiz
Harvey Weinstein talks about Oscars during PGA breakfast at the Sundance Film Festival: "'I think this is the best group of best picture nominees we've had in 20 years,' he said, lauding the competition. 'I think there was a feeling amongst the studios to just go for it.'" Hollywood Reporter
Kris Tapley reports on standouts among this year's lineup at the Sundance Film Festival. In Contention
Samuel L. Jackson isn't fazed by his "Django Unchained" Oscar snub: "When asked if he’s bothered about awards, he says, 'No, not particularly. I’ve had a pretty good career. I don’t think it will validate my stature in Hollywood one way or another.'" San Francisco Gate
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