News Nuggets: Imagine Dragons surprised by their first VMA nomination

“Coraline” author Neil Gaiman win a Hugo Award for “Doctor Who“: “What the Oscars are to movies and the Grammys are to music, the Hugos are to science fiction. Twin Cities-based writer Neil Gaiman won one over the weekend for ‘The Doctor’s Wife,’ his script for the long-running British SF series ‘Doctor Who.’ This is Gaiman’s sixth Hugo. He already has several Nebulas, Bram Stokers, and Squiddys, two Shirley Jacksons and a Ray Bradbury. He’s the first author to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal in Literature, and the first to be called a ‘pencil-necked weasel’ by a Minnesota legislator, which happened last year when Gaiman was paid a large sum of money for a speaking appearance.” MINNPOST

Hollywood Film Awards will honor DreamWorks’s “Rise of the Guardians.” From the press release: “The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by The Los Angeles Times, have announced that DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Rise of the Guardians’ will receive this year’s ‘Hollywood Animation Award’ at the festival’s gala ceremony on October 22, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Directed by Peter Ramsey and written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (‘Rabbit Hole’), ‘Rise of the Guardians’ is based on the highly acclaimed series of children’s books by William Joyce.”

Imagine Dragons react to their first VMA nomination: “Take, for example, their awards-show outfits, which they not only picked out last week, but have been breaking in ever since. ‘We’re wearing them right now, actually,’ frontman Dan Reynolds laughed. ‘We’re wearing them all week, going to sleep in them, waking up in them … they’re the best clothes we have.’ ‘We have a big calendar and we keep crossing off the days before the VMAs,’ drummer Daniel Platzman added. And while we suspect they’re just joking about their red-carpet wardrobes, they’re 100 percent serious about being incredibly humbled to even be nominated for a VMA, especially since they’ve been watching the show since they were kids.” MTV

Writers Guild Awards call for video-game and new media submissions. From the press release: “The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards are presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, and each Guild presents its own individual honorary awards … Submissions for the 2013 WGA New Media Writing Awards will be accepted from September 4 through November 16, 2012. Submissions for the 2013 WGA Videogame Writing Award will be accepted from September 4 through November 30, 2012.  Both WGA New Media and Videogame Writing Awards nominees will be announced early next year on January 16, 2013.”

Oscar-nominee Michael Clarke Duncan dies at age 54: “Duncan ‘suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered,’ a written statement from Joy Fehily said. Clarke died at a Los Angeles hospital where he had been since having the heart attack more than seven weeks ago. According to TMZ, it was Duncan’s girlfriend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a reality star and former contestant on ‘The Apprentice,’ who had acted quickly and provided lifesaving efforts when he had the heart attack. Most recently he was on the TV series, ‘The Finder,’ on the Fox network.” CNN

Poland enters “80 Million” for Oscar consideration: “Poland has selected ’80 Million’ as its entry in the Oscar foreign-language film category. The pic has all the elements of an adventure thriller: a big money bank heist, a race against the clock and police hot on the heels of the culprits. But Waldemar Krzystek‘s feel-good film is a political morality tale from Communist-era Poland. Based on a true story set in Wroclaw 10 days before Polish military junta leader Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law in his standoff with the pro-democracy Solidarity movement, the film follows the cunning plan of four regional opposition activists who plot to withdraw 80 million zlotys of the movement’s funds from its bank account.” VARIETY

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