Oscars News: Jennifer Lawrence will not three-peat at Oscars with delay of ‘Serena’

Lou Lumenick breaks news that the next Jennifer LawrenceBradley Cooper film “Serena” will not be eligible for the 2014 Oscars after all. It was going to be a long shot anyway based on the lack of buzz for the film, but it means Lawrence is completely out of contention for the first time in three years (“Silver Linings Playbook,” 2012; “American Hustle,” 2013). The Depression-era movie was filmed back in 2012 and has Cooper as a North Carolina lumber tycoon and Lawrence as his unhappy wife. The film will now screen at the London Film Festival in October and have a release plan only in Europe for the short term. While Lawrence can’t three-peat at the Oscars this time, Cooper still has the Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper” film opening on Christmas Day. New York Post

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Sasha Stone offers her current Oscar nominee predictions in advance of the New York Film Festival. For Best Picture, she ranks “Boyhood” first followed by “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Foxcatcher,” and “Mr. Turner.” The acting races are led by Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), Edward Norton (“Birdman”), and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”). Awards Daily

Ryan Lattanzio reports that three potential Oscar contenders will be honored by BAFTA-Los Angeles at the 2014 Britannia Awards on November 2. Robert Downey, Jr. (“The Judge“) will receive the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher“) is set for a humanitarian award. Writer/Director Mike Leigh (“Mr. Turner“) will be feted for excellence in directing. In addition, Emma Watson is the British Artist of the Year, and Judi Dench will be honored for her worldwide contribution to entertainment. Thompson on Hollywood

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Scott Feinberg says the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature is about to be even more crowded. Reveal Animation is working to qualify its film “Henry and Me” for a category that already has at least 17 eligible contenders. The new entry is “a simply animated but charming and inspirational” children’s film starring the voice of Richard Gere and several New York Yankees. The plot is about a young boy with cancer who visits various Yankee legends with the help of his guardian angel. Hollywood Reporter

The Czech Republic chooses “Fair Play” as its submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. Directed by Andrea Sedlakova, it follows a 19-year-old sprinter who is part of the state-controlled doping program during the country’s normalization era. Variety

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