News Nuggets: Sasha Stone’s ten commandments of Oscar watching

Amy Adams will be among the recipients at the Hollywood Film Awards: “The Hollywood Reporter has learned that at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards — the first awards show of the 2012 Oscar season — Amy Adams, a three-time best supporting actress Oscar nominee who is now in serious contention for her fourth nom in the category for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s ‘The Master‘ or Walter Salles‘s ‘On the Road‘ or Clint Eastwood‘s ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ will receive the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Sasha Stone on the ten commandments of Oscar-watching: “It’s a good time of the year to remind ourselves of what I consider to be the Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching.  It’s important to remember them because they are always forgotten. The truth is, there is no there there right now. There is a lot of hot air, a lot of people making sweeping assumptions and generalizations based on their own impressions of a film — or by talking to other bloggers and film critics at parties — or film festivals. But none of it is real yet. The race is fluid, not static.” AWARDS DAILY

Considering the wide-open Best Supporting Actress Oscar race: “While the lead actress category is, at least at this point in time, looking relatively sparse compared to previous years, supporting is looking a touch more competitive, though not by much. One of the early-year films that is looking like it could be come into play is sleeper hit ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ A sort of ‘Expendables’ for elderly British character actors, Judi Dench is said to be campaigning as a lead for the film … Her co-star Maggie Smith (who has two Oscars, for ‘The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie’ and ‘California Suite’) may be a better bet: she has the showier role anyway, as a racist housekeeper who befriends an Indian maid, and ends up with a new lease on life. Plus her recent success on ‘Downton Abbey‘ won’t hurt too much either. Smith’s co-star in Dustin Hoffman‘s ‘Quartet,’ Pauline Collins, also has a degree of buzz out of TIFF.” INDIEWIRE

Screen Actors Guild Awards given Environment Media Association’s Green Seal Award. From the press release: “The Screen Actors Guild Awards has been honored for the fourth consecutive year with the Environmental Media Association (EMA)’s Green Seal, recognizing a production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness. The EMA Green Seal was presented for the green practices of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the 22nd Annual EMA Awards on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Warner Brothers Studios.  The SAG Awards is the only special event to have received the Green Seal for four consecutive years.”

Tony-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” will close in January: “After flying from downtown to Broadway and winning five Tony awards, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ will close, the producers announced on Friday. Written by Rick Elice and directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, the show — which imagines an origin story for Peter Pan and his Neverland pals — will deliver its final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on January 20. It will have played 18 previews and 320 performances on Broadway; it moved there after an acclaimed run at New York Theater Workshop Off Broadway last spring.” NEW YORK TIMES

“Jesus Christ Superstar” banned in Russia: “Russian prosecutors said they will review an order blocking a performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” due to complaints it might offend religious sentiment. The performance had been scheduled at the Rock Opera theater in Rostov-on-Don next month but was delayed by an appeal by 18 residents of the city. The decision could be reversed by prosecutors, who planned to take another look at the case next week. Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency said the appeal was based on a bill that criminalizes offending religious sentiment, and the 18 Rostov residents said the rock opera had not been approved by church leaders and ‘misinterpreted’ the character of Jesus.” UPI

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