News Nuggets: Oscar credits four producers for ‘Tree of Life,’ but not Brad Pitt

The Academy credits four producers for “The Tree of Life,” but Brad Pitt isn’t one of them: “Producer credits for 84th Academy Awards Best Picture nominee ‘The Tree of Life’ have been determined by the Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The official nominees for the film are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill. Academy rules allow for no more than three producers to be nominated and to potentially receive Oscar statuettes. The executive committee called a meeting to determine if ‘The Tree of Life’ represented a ‘rare and extraordinary circumstance,’ as described by the rules, and if any additional producer would be eligible. The committee determined that Green, Pohlad, Gardner and Hill functioned as genuine producers of the film and would be cited in the nomination.” DEADLINE

Clint Eastwood honored by the Society of Camera Operators: “Clint Eastwood will be presented the Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement, during the Society of Camera Operators’ Lifetime Achievement Awards, Feb. 19 at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. Also announced on Thursday is Phil Radin, executive VP, marketing, at Panavision will receive The President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Mourning “Melancholia‘s” Oscar snubs: “Given that mad Dane Lars von Trier‘s sole nomination is in songwriting (find a more hilarious Oscar statistic, I dare you!) we never suspected that this would be an Oscar film. But the tiny scattered awards crumbs for his dreamy apocalyptic depression metaphor, arguably his best film in a decade, allowed us to pretend in a feverish bipolar sort of way that miracles would occur and it would wake up as the nomination leader. No, not really. But it’s a shame that that masterful Cinematography and Kirsten Dunst‘s spooky narcoleptic bride won so little traction.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Dick Clark Productions CEO exposured during Golden Globes trial: “Dick Clark Productions Chief Executive Officer Mark Shapiro had to admit in Los Angeles District Court late this week that he employed bluffs and half-truths to get NBC to agree to an $150 million deal to air the Golden Globes. The practice is likely standard operating procedure in Hollywood, but copping to the ploys can not have been pleasant for Shapiro. The deal is at the center of a legal scuffle between DCP and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the non-profit group behind the Globes, over who controls the rights to the broadcast of the highly-rated awards show.” THE WRAP

The Artist” is not the top nominee at France’s Cesar Awards: “Michel Hazanavicius‘s awards-guzzler landed a robust 10 nominations in the so-called French Oscars, but the top tally went to another Cannes prizewinner, actress-turned-filmmaker Maïwenn‘s sprawling law-enforcement drama ‘Polisse,’ with 13. ‘The Minister,’ a complex political drama that won acclaim in Un Certain Regard at Cannes but doesn’t seem to have much travel potential, took 11 nods.” IN CONTENTION

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