News Nuggets: Harvey Weinstein calls Oscar season ‘most competitive’ he’s ever seen

Awards mastermind Harvey Weinstein calls the 2013 Oscar race “the most competitive season I’ve ever seen.” He has “August: Osage County,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and “Philomena” in the hunt, but faces lots of formidable competish. Deadline.

Catherine Zeta-Jones breaks silence to praise estranged husband Michael Douglas on his recent Emmy win for “Behind the Candelabra.” Express UK.

Which iconic character on “The Simpsons” will be killed off this season? Executive producer Al Jean hints that it is performed by one of the show’s Emmy winners. E! Online. Gold Derby’s forum posters believe they know who. Read more.

Enough Said” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini is “witty, sharply observed, painful and entertaining” according to Anne Thompson and could be a dark horse contender at the Oscars. Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire.

Is there a shift going on in regards to films and a new type of American hero? Sasha Stone discusses this idea with examples like “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Nebraska,” and “12 Years a Slave.” AwardsDaily.

Will new Oscar rules allowing the full membership to vote for Best Foreign Language Film bring a new type of result? Variety.

Even though 2013 offers “The Butler” and “Gravity” among others, the rest of the field does not offer the same box office punch as the Oscar films from 2012. The Wrap.

After his film “The Lunchbox” was passed over by India as its foreign language Oscar submission, filmmaker Ritesh Batra went on a Facebook tirade. His country then demanded an apology. Variety.

“The Grandmaster” from Wong Kar Wai dominates nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Hollywood Reporter.


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