News Nuggets: ‘Drive,’ ‘Tinker’ lead London Critics’ Circle nominations

Drive” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” lead the London Critics’ Circle nominations. “A Separation” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” also perform well: “Chairman of the London Critics’ Circle, Jason Solomons, commented: ‘I am proud of the breadth, intelligence and style of the choices the London critics have made, honouring the richness of world cinema and the fresh, cool takes on classic movie genres seen in films such as ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘Drive’ and ‘The Artist.’ This is the surely classiest set of nominations around this year, with truly superb work reflected in the directing and foreign language categories.'” LONDON CRITICS CIRCLE

The Iron Lady” and “The Help” are among the top Women Film Critics Circle winners. MOVIE BUZZERS

HBO renews one Golden Globe nominee, cancels another: “So long ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and ‘How To Make It in America’! HBO has canceled the sleeper comedies to make way for more fresh programming coming down the pipeline. ‘Hung’ and ‘Bored’ each ran for three seasons, and ‘America’ ran for two. In the meantime, the pay cabler ordered a second season of ‘Enlightened,’ the Laura Dern starrer that just earned Golden Globe nods for best TV series (comedy/musical) and for best actress.” EW.COM

Is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” too divisive to win an Oscar? “‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ has elicited pretty polarized reactions from audiences and critics, some of whom adore its emotional vibrancy, and some of whom find the film cloying.  A Golden Globe voter tells the New York Times that the HFPA voting pool was very split on the 9/11 drama, which is why despite the movie’s pedigree it didn’t garner any nominations.” VULTURE

Louis C.K. bypasses the networks and distributes himself online: “A scabrous and successful champion of the everyman, Louis C. K. decided last week to go direct with his fans: no cable special, no middleman, just a simple download for $5 on his Web site to see his comedy show ‘Louis C. K.: Live at the Beacon Theater’ … ‘I went at this like a consumer, just looking at human impulses,’ he told me. ‘I buy lots of things online and I had a focus group of one. I thought about it, and five bucks seemed almost free and I figured if I took out the hassle, most of the speed bumps, it would almost be like hitting a link and streaming it. It’s been pretty damn great so far.'” NEW YORK TIMES

Could “War Horse” be a late-season game-changer in the Oscar race? “There’s room for a holiday-season hit to reconfigure the contest, and ‘War Horse,’ which opens Christmas Day, is the sole viable candidate … Holiday moviegoing choices are often negotiated compromises — what works for a 12-year-old, her older cousins, her father, and the grandparents? ‘War Horse’ fits the bill. But with the verdict of critics dividing between ‘masterful’ and ‘manipulative,’ it’s not a slam-dunk in the race. To hold a slot, it has to open big and stay big.” GRANTLAND

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