Awards Season Roundup: Eastwood on Eastwood, and the Academy’s exec director resigns

By Sean O’Connell’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

It was announced this morning that Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has resigned after more than two decades in the position.

As Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” prepares to open in theaters on Friday, the Oscar-winning director selects six of his films in which he is most proud. Some are obvious. One or two are not. Great list, though I think he’s missing “Bridges of Madison County,” which is subtle, beautiful and heartbreakingly honest.

AFI Fest, which runs Nov. 4-11 in Hollywood, offers a full slate of prestige pictures … and free tickets on a first-come/first-served basis.

Meanwhile, the 54th London Film Festival kicks off today with Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” and stars Keira Knightley and Carrie Mulligan are expected to walk the red carpet for the premiere. The fest continues all week with screenings of such Oscar heavyweights as “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” and Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” which closes the celebration on Oct. 28.

Speaking of Boyle, the filmmaker has begun a promotional tour of the U.S. for “127 Hours,” which kicked off in Boston. Scott Feinberg was there.

Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” opens in limited release this Friday, and the New York Times has a good piece on Betty Anne Waters, the inspiration for the true-life story.

And finally, we might not have enough animated titles in this year’s race to produce five nominees.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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