News Nuggets: Chlotrudis Awards nominate ‘The Artist,’ ‘Weekend,’ ‘Melancholia’

The Artist” leads the Chlotrudis Award nominations with seven: “At the top of the heap, collecting Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress nods among its 7 nominations was the silent people can’t stop talking about, ‘The Artist.’ Four other films received 4 or more nominations, including fellow Best Movie nominees ‘Another Year,’ director Mike Leigh’s latest, and the low-budget independent ‘Weekend,’ both clear-eyed studies of relationships in today’s England, featuring acting tour de forces. The other front runner films are Lars von Trier’s dystopian ‘Melancholia‘ and ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ with its impressive directorial and lead actress debuts.” CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM

Sasha Stone remembers pioneering Oscar expert Damien Bona, who has died at age 57: “I’d started Oscarwatch and of course, ‘Inside Oscar’ was my only real resource for Oscar’s sordid past. You see, Bona and Mason Wiley started from the knowledge that it was all a load of nonsense and worked forward from there.  They were the only ones then, and the only ones even now to expose the underbelly of our notorious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  Listening to Bona and reading his book was like turning on to acid in the 1960s. It blew my mind.  It still blows my mind.” AWARDS DAILY

‘Liberal Arts’ is one of the ten films to watch out for from the Sundance Film Festival: “Josh Radnor, who’s like Paul Rudd‘s puppyish cousin, wrote, directed, and stars in a sharply thoughtful comedy about a 35-year-old dude who returns for a weekend to his leafy, idyllic Midwestern college and becomes involved with a 19-year-old sophomore. The movie both celebrates and deftly satirizes the castle-in-the-air romance of undergraduate life, and Elizabeth Olsen, as the precocious Zibby, proves that she has star power to spare.” EW.COM

Watch the makers of “Time Freak” find out about their short-film Oscar nomination: “Not all Oscar categories are announced during the annual early-morning ceremony in Hollywood. So writer-director Andrew Bowler and producer Gigi Causey had to find out the old-fashioned way that their live-action short ‘Time Freak’ made the final cut that punches their ticket to the Academy Awards. And like good filmmakers they got it on camera in one take — and still in their PJs.” DEADLINE

Adele continues to break Billboard chart records: “Adele has become the first single artist in music history to lead the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Hot 100 number ones. The singer’s ‘21‘ has spent a 17th week at the top of the US album chart, while her latest single ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ takes pole position on the Hot 100. The new feat means that Adele has now had three singles hit the top spot of the Hot 100 at the same time her second album has been number one on the Billboard 200.” DIGITAL SPY

More Oscar bait for Rooney Mara? “On the heel of her first Oscar nomination for ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ Rooney Mara scores another lead role. The 26-year-old is replacing Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh‘s thriller, ‘The Side Effects,’ which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Mara will play Emily Hawkins, ‘a sexy but unsettled young woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety and depression surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison.'” ACE SHOWBIZ

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