News Nuggets: LAFCA honors Doris Day

The Los Angeles film critics choose their Career Achievement winner: “Doris Day was selected to receive the Career Achievement Award, it was announced today by Brent Simon, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). ‘Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris Day is still arguably the template to which Hollywood turns when trying to quantify and capture “girl-next-door” appeal,’ said Brent Simon. ‘Equally at home in snappish romantic comedies and more dramatic fare, Day was the biggest female star of the 1960s, giving a series of delightfully perceptive performances. LAFCA is thrilled to be able to honor her.'” LAFCA

2011 winners announced for the Theatre Awards UK: “The winners for this year’s Theatre Awards UK 2011, formerly the TMA Theatre Awards which since 1991 have recognized work seen in regional UK theatres, include Sir Derek Jacobi, Michael Sheen and the RSC’s ‘Matilda – the Musical,’ with Sir Peter Hall receiving a specail award for outstanding contribution to British theatre … In a press statement, Rachel Tackley, president of the Theatrical Management Association, commented, ‘The Theatre Awards UK reflect a year of outstanding creativity and production excellence. British theatre is a shining light in the continuing recessionary gloom – something we can all be proud of.'” PLAYBILL

Lady Gaga failed to submit her biggest hits for Grammy consideration: “Lady Gaga will not be nominated for Record of the Year at the 2012 Grammy Awards for either ‘Born This Way‘ or ‘The Edge of Glory,’ because her record label shockingly chose not to submit either song for the category. That’s the big news to come out of the submission lists that were leaked online yesterday (and then immediately taken down) … Instead of submitting ‘Born’ or ‘Edge’ for Record of the Year, Gaga’s label inexplicably submitted ‘Judas‘ and ‘You and I,’ two songs that were widely-panned and not nearly as big on radio.” EXAMINER

Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin, and James Marsden: “Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a private, nonprofit, accredited university, the Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. The university offers the only major film program in the United States integrated within an acclaimed art and design university. In the past seven years, the university has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists … Almost all the nighttime gala screenings from the past five or six years have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations in one category or another.” BROADWAY WORLD

Jeff Wells defends “The Rum Diary” against its critics: “Low-key offbeat mood movies like ‘The Rum Diary’ have always been tough sells, even if they’re relatively assured and ‘well made’ as far as that goes. The odds are that half the critics are going to take a dump on them because they aren’t dramatic or wacko or plotty enough. But dry, rambling, mild-mannered half-comedies are okay in my book, and I was surprised to discover earlier this week that this long-delayed Bruce RobinsonJohnny Depp film is far from a burn.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner sits down for an hour-long talk with his sister: “Deadline frequent contributor Allison Hope Weiner interviews her younger brother, ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner, this month on this fascinating hour-long video about his show’s origins, his difficult contract negotiations, and his inspirations when writing the series, as well as Big Media issues and a lot of personal reminisces with his big sis.” DEADLINE

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