News Nuggets Roundup: Foreign Oscar contenders announced

Fifty-nine films have officially entered the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film: “Turkey surprised no one by submitting the latest acclaimed film from their most internationally celebrated auteur: Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,’ which shared the Grand Prix with the Dardennes‘ ‘The Kid With a Bike’ at Cannes back in May … Of the remaining straggler submissions, one of the most intriguing is Argentinian gaucho western ‘Aballay,’ the Variety review of which name-checks Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill. Also of interest is that New Zealand has submitted a film for the first time: ‘The Orator,’ about a dwarf called upon to defend his village from more powerful adversaries, is billed as the first wholly Samoan feature.” IN CONTENTION

The New York Film Festival will unveil a surprise contender on Monday: “The New York Film Festival plans to show a work in progress film by a “legendary” filmmaker this Monday. It has to be one of several Oscar-bait films that weren’t completed in time to be shown at the festivals. So it’s either Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar,’ Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse‘ or ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo,’ Stephen Daldry’s ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,’ Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult,’ or David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ The festival will begin selling tickets by Friday, so we’ll know soon. I’m told this is the first time that the festival has done this kind of thing, and that the unfinished film will be screened Columbus Day at 7 PM at Avery Fisher Hall.” DEADLINE

Harvey Weinstein trumpets an Oscar-contender that isn’t his: “Vulture managed to coax veteran Oscar player Harvey Weinstein into a little bit of awards prognostication. ‘I’ll tell you the movie that I love the most. I love George Clooney‘s movie, ‘The Ides of March,” he admitted. ‘I love politics, and this movie is the best political movie — it’s gotta be right up there with the best of the best. Seriously, it is the toughest, most incisive, no-bullsh*t movie I’ve seen this year. And Ryan Gosling hits it out of the ballpark. And the entire cast is great. Clooney just nailed it. It’s an appropriate movie for these times. So Oscar prediction? That that gets nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.'” VULTURE

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will return to Broadway next year: “The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ directed by artistic director Des McAnuff, will transfer to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre starting March 1, 2012, the Canadian festival announced … Broadway casting and more production details will be announced. One might guess that due to actor conflicts involving casting in Stratford’s 2012 rep season, the Broadway transfer might include new cast members.” PLAYBILL

Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at MTV’s Europe Music Awards: “Performances for the awards show will take place on three stages across [Belfast, Northern Ireland], inlcuding the Odyssey Arena, with Selena Gomez hosting. The show will take place on November 6th. Recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Chili Peppers are up for EMAs in two categories. Lady Gaga leads all artists for the 2011 MTV EMAs with six nominations, with Bruno Mars and Katy Perry each earning four. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds to Mars have all been nominated in three categories.” ROLLING STONE

The London Critics Circle Awards moves up its award ceremony: “Britain’s leading film critics have today announced that their 32nd awards ceremony will be held on 19 January 2012, bringing the annual event earlier in the awards calendar than in previous years … Winners of awards for Film of the Year, Director of the Year, Actor / Actress of the Year will all be voted for by the UK’s leading film critics. Last awards show saw international hits ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Fighter’ scoop awards alongside a wealth of British films including ‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Another Year’ and ‘Neds.'” AWARDS DAILY

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