News Nuggets: Today is the deadline for Oscar animation entries

Today is the deadline for animated Oscar entries: “The entry forms and supporting materials for a film to be considered in the animated feature film category for the 84th annual Academy Awards is 5 p.m. PT tomorrow, Nov. 1. The deadline for submitting the required accompanying film prints is Nov. 11. This year’s race will see some changes in the category, with the Academy having changed its running time requirement from at least 70 minutes to ‘greater than 40 minutes,’ as well as clarifying its stance on motion-capture to state that mo-cap by itself is not an animation technique.” ANIMATION MAGAZINE

Profiling Dawn Hudson, the Motion Picture Academy’s first chief executive: “In June, Ms. Hudson was named to replace the academy’s retiring executive director, Bruce Davis. A 20-year presence on the independent film scene, she arrived with a commitment to social and ethnic diversity, a determination to raise the academy’s public profile and a reputation for shaking things up … ‘She’s a woman of intelligence, guts and compromise,’ offered Sidney Ganis, a past academy president who was on the search committee that recruited Ms. Hudson, and who became acquainted with her as a member of the Film Independent board.” NEW YORK TIMES

Oscar hopeful Octavia Spencer teams with Oscar-winner Diablo Cody: “Mandate Pictures announced via release on Monday that Spencer has joined the cast of Oscar-winning ‘Juno’ scribe Diablo Cody’s directorial debut. The film is based on Cody’s original screenplay, and will also star Russell Brand and ‘Footloose’ star Julianne Hough. The comedy follows Hough’s character, a formerly sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a devastating plane crash and decides to head to Las Vegas to experience a new slice of life. On the way she meets Brand and Spencer’s characters, and they inadvertently help her discover her ‘true self.'” EW.COM

The Adventures of Tintin” will close the AFI Fest: “The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will have its North American Premiere as the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. The film is based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé and stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.” DEADLINE

The Art Directors Guild honors the “Harry Potter” franchise: “The creative team behind Warner Bros.’ multi-billion grossing ‘Harry Potter’ films will be receiving the Art Directors Guild’s Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in February. Honorees will include producers David Heyman and David Barron, director David Yates, author J.K. Rowling, screenwriter Steve Kloves, production designer Stuart Craig, art director Neil Lamont and set decorator Stephanie McMillan.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Read the 1979 script notes from “Qasida,” the film that would become “The Tree of Life“: “When Paramount gave a post-‘Days of Heaven’ Terrence Malick $1 million, carte blanche, to make his next film, he began developing a highly ambitious project about the creation of life and the cosmos entitled ‘Qasida’ (or, simply, ‘Q’). Of course, the studio balked at the abstract Malick-ness of it all, the film stalled, and the director took the next two decades off from filmmaking. But! Now you can read Malick’s own ‘Q’ script notes, circa 1979, and envision how his globe-trotting ‘Q’ eventually morphed into this year’s ‘Tree of Life.'” MOVIELINE

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