News Nuggets: Will negative Oscar campaigning hurt ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’?

Gregg Kilday considers whether negative “whisper campaigns” against “Zero Dark Thirty” (pro-torture?) and “Lincoln” (distorts history?) will affect their chances: “Welcome to the dark side of awards season. For weeks, filmmakers have been putting their best feet forward, mingling sociably at cocktail parties and patiently answering the same questions over and over again at Q&As. But at the same time, behind the scenes, there’s a different conversation taking place. Sometimes it originates with campaign consultants in off-the-record chats with reporters and voters in which, instead of talking up their own movies’ virtues, they detour into pointing out other pictures’ flaws.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

US senators watch “Lincoln” with director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis: “… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he hopes the message of the movie with resonate with senators and the American people. ‘I hope everybody who shared his anti-political mood will go out there and see “Lincoln.” The movie portrays a nobility of politics in exactly the right way,’ Reid said.” ABC NEWS

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The Art Directors Guild will honor Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron, and Dennis Gassner, the production designers of the 23 James Bond films, with the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award. The Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards will be presented on February 2, 2013.

Kelsey Grammer will host the Directors Guild Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. This will be Grammer’s second year in a row as emcee.

Nathan Fillion, star of ABC’s “Castle,” will host the Writers Guild’s West Coast Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Says Fillion, “When I first accepted the honor of hosting the Writers Guild Awards, I was confused and actually thought I was receiving one. Since I play a writer on TV, I felt perhaps someone was under the impression I deserved an award and I wasn’t about to correct them. However, now I’m in the perfect position to present myself with whichever award I choose. Who’s going to know? At the very least, I can network with the most talented writers in the business in preparation for my next round of unemployment. It’s a win/win.”

The Writers Guild of America, West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award will go to Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who created the TV programs “Northern Exposure” and “St. Elsewhere.” The Laurel Award honors writers for lifetime achievement in television. The duo will be awarded the the WGA’s west coast ceremony on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

The Producers Guild of America will present its 2013 Stanley Kramer Award to the feature documentary “Bully.” Director Lee Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen will accept the award on Saturday, January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Stanley Kramer Award was created to honor a production or individual who raises awareness of an important social issue.

Final call for entries for the 17th Annual Webby Awards. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences will accept submissions until Friday, December 21. The awards, which announce nominees in April 2013 and winners later in the spring, were created to honor the best in web-based interactive media. WEBBY AWARDS

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