News Nuggets: ‘The Tree of Life’ leads Online Film Critics Society nominations

Documentary “Pina” aims for rare Oscar double play: “‘Pina’ wound up in this year’s Oscar race in the documentary category – where the film, which makes rich use of 3D, appeared to be crippled by the fact that doc branch voters screen submissions on 2D screener DVDs. And yet it made the 15-film shortlist. It also became a rare documentary entry in the Oscar Foreign-Language Film category, where voters often seem prejudiced against films that aren’t conventional narratives. And sure enough, I heard reports that its official screening for the general committee met with walkouts, and grumbling over the fact that it was ‘double-dipping’ in the foreign and doc categories.” THE WRAP

The Tree of Life” and “Drive” lead the Online Film Critics Society nominations. ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

Spoiler alert: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” screenwriter discusses his changes to the story: “Fans of Stieg Larsson’s original novel may have noticed that David Fincher’s adaptation of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ made a few changes to the story, although more in terms of what was left out than what was stuck in. That’s because any adaptation of a book of this length is going to need a bit of streamlining unless you want to opt for the recent trend of Hollywood mitosis that’s splitting everything up into an infinite series of Part 1s and Part 2s.” EW.COM

Mixed reviews will hurt “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in the Oscar race: “The polarizing drama has split critics down the middle, literally: It’s got a Rotten Tomatoes score hovering around 50%. That’s not encouraging news for Oscar.” VULTURE

“Extremely Loud” and “We Bought a Zoo” struggle to sell sentimentality in an era of snark: “They are too sentimental overall.  The Cameron Crowe film is especially so. And where fanboys and onliners will give Spielberg a pass for the same amount of schmaltz, they won’t extend the same courtesy to Crowe – perhaps that’s because he doesn’t film the epic war scenes that Spielberg did. Spielberg, though, is as popular online as the Muppets and unicorns.” AWARDS DAILY

The Motion Picture Academy is in good financial health: “As glossy as the image the industry it represents prefers to project, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is the picture of financial health, according to its recently released annual report. The Oscars remain the Academy’s biggest single source of income with $85.5 million for fiscal year 2011 versus $82.7 million for 2010, roughly a 3.4% increase. Expenses related to the Academy Awards amounted to $35.6 million for 2011 leaving Oscars net revenue of about $49.9 million.” DEADLINE

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