News Nuggets: The Academy considers leaving the Kodak Theater

The Academy considers moving the Oscars from the Kodak Theater: “After nearly a decade at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences exercised a clause in its contract and notified the CIM Group, which owns the venue, that it may move the Oscars elsewhere after the 2013 show. ‘Our plan right now is to exercise this [option] and then see what happens, what goes on. We’re open,’ Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, tells THR in an interview.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Online Film Critics Society picks “The Tree of Life“: “The film took home the prize for Best Picture as well as trophies for Best Director (Terrence Malick), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing and Best Cinematography. No other film won more than one award. The other three acting winners were Michael Fassbender winning Best Actor for his performance in ‘Shame‘; Tilda Swinton‘s work in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ won the award for Best Actress; and Christopher Plummer received the Best Supporting Actor prize for his work in ‘Beginners.'” ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY

Helena Bonham Carter made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire): “The Oscar-nominated actress is recognised for her services to drama following her performance as the Queen Mother in ‘The King’s Speech.’ She is joined by Ronnie Corbett, who is also appointed a CBE, writer and  broadcaster Clive James, CBE, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, OBE, former ‘It’s A Knockout’ host Stuart Hall, OBE, and actor David Harewood, MBE. Miss Bonham Carter, 45, said she will accept her appointment in memory of her father, Raymond, who died in 2004 after many years of serious illness following a brain tumour.” DAILY MAIL

Sasha Stone considers the changing of the guard in Hollywood: “… from where I sit, the Oscar race is the only place where the celebration of real movies is still alive and kicking. It’s the only place where a film like ‘The Descendants,’ ‘Moneyball‘ or ‘The Artist‘ really matters. It’s the old guard, preserving what we’ve had for 8 decades. But they can’t really do it alone. If Oscar buzz only drives a limited section of the general public to the multiplex of what use is it, ultimately? It’s been steadily becoming less relevant as the years progress, but that’s mainly because the general public is so dumbed down now compared to twenty years ago.” AWARDS DAILY

Zooey Deschanel discusses her Oscar-contending music for “Winnie the Pooh“: “‘The tradition of music in Disney animated films is pretty spectacular. But I tried not to think about it, because I might be overwhelmed if I did,’ said actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel, who couldn’t exactly ignore that history when she was drafted to contribute to this year’s Disney version of the A.A. Milne stories. Her initial task, after all, was to record a new version of the Sherman brothers’ theme song. When that went well, she was asked to write and record an end-credits song, which turned out to be ‘So Long,’ one of the film’s two Oscar entries.” THE WRAP

Meryl Streep to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Berlin Film Festival: “Organizers today announced that on February 14 the festival will pay tribute to the actress with a Lifetime Achievement Golden Bear ahead of a screening of the Weinstein Co’s ‘The Iron Lady.’ Streep has won prizes in Berlin before, beginning with the 1999 Berlinale Camera, which is given to friends and supporters of the festival. In 2003, she shared the best actress Silver Bear with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman for Stephen Daldry’s ‘The Hours.'” DEADLINE

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