News Nuggets: How much of Andy Serkis’s ‘Apes’ performance is his own?

How much of Andy Serkis‘s motion-capture performance is his own? “Fox are asking Academy members to consider Serkis’s turn as one of the top 10 male performances of the year almost entirely on the basis of trust … The mo-cap system used on ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ features tiny cameras to capture every facial readjustment, so it’s more than capable of picking up a turn in its totality. That’s not what happens on every production, however: the amount of ‘interpretation’ an animator employs varies hugely from film to film, and many professionals privately hint that they are doing rather more work than they’re getting credit for.” GUARDIAN

The Grammy nominations concert surges in the ratings for CBS: “[The concert] posted year-to-year gains in viewers, adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 30 … Compared to last year’s event (on the same night in 2010), CBS was up +13% in households (from 3.2/06), +15% in adults 25-54 (from 2.0/05), +12% in adults 18-49 (from 1.7/05), +8% in adults 18-34 (from 1.3/04) and added +610,000 viewers (from 5.01m, +12%).” CBS

Meryl Streep defends against criticism of her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher‘s dementia in “The Iron Lady“: “‘I felt that if we did it in the right way, it would be OK,’ Streep told the BBC, ahead of its release on 6 January. Speaking to the BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the actress, who is expected to land her 17th Oscar nomination for the film said: ‘There is a feeling that the walls are just more permeable between the present and the past and one intrudes on the other. It’s something that I don’t think there should be a stigma about, it’s life, it’s the truth.'” BBC

Google launches data journalism awards with the Global Editors Network: “Google will partner with the Global Editors Network to offer a new data journalism contest aimed at both ‘established news organisations and newcomers.’ Director of external relations for EMEA at Google Peter Barron announced the awards at the first news summit held by the Global Editors Network, which launched in March this year … The awards will offer a total prize fund for first-prize winners of $60,000 (£39,000) across six categories, including data-driven investigations, interactive data visualisations and data-driven mobile or web apps.” JOURNALISM.CO.UK

Director Mike Leigh will preside over the jury at the Berlin Film Festival: “The British director’s films have been invited to Berlin in various sections in the past including 1984′s ‘Meantime,’ 1998’s short ‘The Short And Curlies,’ 1991’s ‘Life Is Sweet’ and 2008’s ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ for which Sally Hawkins took the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Leigh’s latest film, ‘Another Year,’ ran in competition in Cannes in 2010 and was nominated for an original screenplay Oscar. Berlin runs from Feb 9-19, 2012.” DEADLINE

The ever-confounding Golden Satellite Awards announce their nominees: “The Golden Satellites are the craziest awards group that no one celebrates for their crazy. Mostly, we suspect, because their crazy is so eternally undefined. They change their rules. They change their number of nominees. It’s impossible to follow their logic from year to year and even within a year. Moving targets are hard to hit but that’s true not just for criticism but for love and interest. Do the Satellites even exist or are they figments of our imaginations each year right about this time?” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

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