News Nuggets Roundup: VES honors Stan Lee

Comic-book legend Stan Lee to be honored by the Visual Effects Society: “The VES Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose ‘lifetime body of work has made a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and/or groundbreaking work.’ Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel Comics to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His famous co-creations include ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘The Fantastic Four,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Daredevil,’ ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Silver Surfer’ and ‘Dr. Strange,’ among many others.” VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY

Four female journalists will be feted at the Courage in Journalism Awards: “[International Women’s Media Foundation’s] Courage in Journalism Award winners face daunting challenges reporting on violence in their countries.  Mexican drug cartels have murdered two editors and threatened to kill Zeta editor Adela Navarro Bello, Iranian officials have targeted and harassed Reuters bureau chief Parisa Hafezi and Thailand authorities have charged editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn with violating laws for allowing 10 strangers to post anti-royal comments on her website and she could face up to 20 years in prison.” IWMF

Kris Tapley ranks the top ten best debut performances of all time: “With ‘The Tree of Life‘ on DVD and Blu-ray and ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene‘ opening in limited release on Friday, it seemed a good time to take stock of the best debut performances the cinema has to offer. Hunter McCracken in the former and Elizabeth Olsen in the latter offer up award-worthy work, stunning in their capacity to inhabit their characters and seek out the truth therein … It’s tough to settle on 10 when there are so many sterling debuts to choose from. And believe me, if your favorite isn’t on here, I’m sure I considered him or her.” IN CONTENTION

Peter Knegt predicts the nominees for this year’s Gotham Awards: “It’s been a fantastic year for American independent film—though perhaps more than previous years, not the most Oscar-friendly one. Of the 16 noted, only three have significant chances at a best picture nomination come Oscar time (‘The Descendants,’ ‘Midnight in Paris‘ and ‘Tree of Life’). Sundance hits like ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ ‘Pariah’ and ‘Take Shelter‘ might prove a little too independently minded for Academy tastes (especially given the multitude of heavyweight studio options), which is why awards like the Gothams and Spirits are more important than ever this year.” INDIEWIRE

Oscar winnersDianne Wiest and Chris Cooper to star in HBO’s upcoming drama “The Corrections”: “The pay cable network has Oscar winner Chris Cooper in negotiations and two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest set for the two leads in the project based on Jonathan Franzen’s book, which is yet to be formally greenlighted to pilot. The award-wining 2001 novel revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple, to be played by Cooper and Wiest, and their three adult children — roles that are now being cast — as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.” DEADLINE

English author Julian Barnes wins the Man Booker Prize: “… Julian Barnes finally won the Man Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday, despite once dismissing the coveted award as ‘posh bingo.’ The 65-year-old triumphed with ‘The Sense of an Ending,’ which at 150 pages was described by one review as a ‘novella.’ It was his fourth time on the Booker shortlist — Barnes was previously nominated for ‘Flaubert’s Parrot’ in 1984, ‘England, England’ in 1998 and ‘Arthur and George’ in 2005.” NEW YORK TIMES

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