News Nuggets: Boston critics chide Fox Searchlight over ‘Margaret’

The Boston Society of Film Critics chides Fox Searchlight for not sending screeners of “Margaret”: “‘The Boston Society of Film Critics expresses its regret that Fox Searchlight refused to distribute screeners of the film “Margaret” and scheduled only a last-minute screening after numerous requests. The film, which received an extremely limited release, was a favorite of many BSFC members and could have won several awards had it been made available for viewing within a reasonable time frame’ … You know if you heard the podcast Friday that I consider ‘Margaret’ to be an accidental masterpiece and the year’s best film. But I would fight for this even if it was a film I didn’t care for but had an equally dedicated fan base behind it. If you can spare the dollars, Searchlight, send out some screeners. You never know. Maybe all this fuss will have worked in your and the film’s favor.” IN CONTENTION

Did you know no one ever won an acting Oscar for a Steven Spielberg film? Or that Meryl Streep has never presented a competitive Oscar? Find out more trivia: “Over my time on Twitter I’ve been known to post #sillyoscarfacts  –  quirky tidbits about the Academy Awards – the most prestigous and famous of all film ceremonies. On advice of awards reporter Scott Feinberg, this page is a collection of all those #sillyoscarfacts – as researched by myself.” DIAL M FOR MOVIES

What awards can “Bridesmaids” actually win this season? “[Melissa McCarthy] has been picking up some genuine buzz and she actually has a fair chance at landing a nomination. She’s extremely likeable, her talent is undeniable, and Robert Downey Jr.’s 2008 nomination for ‘Tropic Thunder’ proves that there are actually a few current Academy members willing to recognize comedy. While Universal is pushing for nominations in all the major categories for ‘Bridesmaids’ (Best Actress for Kristen Wiig, Best Director for Paul Feig, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture), Best Supporting Actress is likely the film’s only genuine shot.” COLLIDER

Is “Austin Powers” Broadway-bound? “The New York Post reports that [Mike] Myers is currently in discussions to turn his trilogy of hits into a musical for the Broadway stage. Myers, who has also signed a deal for a fourth ‘Austin Powers’ film, will not star in the Broadway production. The ‘Austin Powers’ trilogy, which included ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,’ ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘Goldmember,’ grossed $676 million worldwide.” PLAYBILL

Announcers revealed for this week’s SAG nominations: “Judy Greer, currently starring opposite George Clooney in ‘The Descendants,’ and Regina King, star of TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series ‘Southland,’ will announce the nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.  SAG President Ken Howard will introduce Greer and King. The SAG Awards® nominations in five film and eight television categories will be revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in the SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.  The announcement will be telecast live on TNT and webcast live on and at 9 a.m. (ET) / 6 a.m. (PT).”

Maya Angelou, Steve Wonder, and Mariah Carey will receive BET Honors: “The fifth annual special, which celebrates the lifetime contributions and exceptional service of individuals to African-American culture, will also honor Angelou for her contributions in Literary Arts, Wonder in the category of Music Arts and Carey in the Entertainer arena, according to network officials. The ‘BET Honors’ will also recognize the heroic Tuskegee Airmen (Service) and inspirational coach and mentor Beverly Kearney (Education). Past BET Honors winners include Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.” MULTICHANNEL NEWS

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