News Nuggets: Martin Scorsese to be honored with a BAFTA Fellowship

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick will be honored by the WGA: “Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick (‘thirtysomething’) are set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding television writing. The award will be presented at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the historic Hollywood Palladium.” DEADLINE

The Art Directors Guild nominates “The Artist,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Hugo,” and “Harry Potter,” among others. See their complete nominations: ART DIRECTORS GUILD

BAFTA honors Martin Scorsese: “Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Christopher Lee received the Fellowship at the Film Awards last February. Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said: ‘Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over. We are delighted to honour his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him in London on 12 February.'” BAFTA

Jeff Wells longs for a return to Martin Scorsese’s early period: “The guy who made ‘The King of Comedy,’ ‘After Hours,’ ‘The Color of Money,’ ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Casino’ and even ‘The Age of Innocence’ would’ve never even toyed with the idea of making something as theme-parky and kid-friendly as ‘Hugo.’ His decision to ‘go guerilla’ with ‘After Hours’ is what saved him 27 years ago, and it’s what he needs to do again, right now.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Can success with the guilds propel “Bridesmaids” to a Best Picture nomination? “‘Bridesmaids’ is an original screenplay that appealed to varying types of men and women of all different ages.  It isn’t a branded sequel, nor an effects-driven kind of thing.  It is just a movie with actors.  And we know how much the Academy likes that.  That ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘The Help‘ both made the top twenty at the box office — each making around $160 million — is practically a miracle … But the thing that is probably making people stand up and take notice is that ‘Bridesmaids’ is one of very few movies to hit all of the guilds up to now. Granted, that’s only three. But the SAG and the PGA is fairly significant.” AWARDS DAILY

Predicting the Writers Guild nominations: “The list of ineligibilities seems longer than normal this year. Or maybe it just seemed like there were more Oscar possibilities on that list than normal. In any case, you can count films like ‘The Artist,’ ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ ‘Shame,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn,’ ‘Rango,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and more out. So what does that leave? Well, there are some options. But the ultimate list of nominees here won’t do a whole lot to clear up the Oscar race, both as a result of the above and the fact that the Academy’s writers branch can often stray from the expected path a bit.” IN CONTENTION

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