“Shame” gets new trailer; “Descendants” opens slow – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar race appears to be jogging in place today as the world heads to the multiplex to watch the Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner in the latest “Twilight” installment, “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” (be sure to read our positive review), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t newsworthy happening in Academy land. Let’s run through the top headlines of the day in a new “Awards Alley Roundup.”

Steve McQueen’s “Shame” gets a provocative new trailer today. Coincidentally, I interviewed McQueen this morning. I’ll have the interview up on the site soon.

Is Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” getting off to a slow start at the box office? (Probably not.)

John C. Reilly opens up about “Carnage” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” for THR.

Elsewhere in the trade, Scott Feinberg argues that “Iron Lady” star Meryl Streep should have MORE Oscars to show for her work.

Pete Hammond says “The Help” has to compete in the Drama category at the Golden Globes. It’s main competitor? Disney’s other entrant, “War Horse.”

If Woody Allen wins Best Director for “Midnight In Paris,” it won’t be because of his Oscar campaigning skills.

And finally, Kris Tapley’s seen “The Iron Lady,” and half-heartedly praises Meryl Streep before admitting that Best Actress “will be an interesting sprint between her and Viola Davis. And indeed, I do think it’s between the two. And though the category seems to be sealed off to much competition (Glenn Close, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams being the other generally agreed-upon three), I feel like something could give when Rooney Mara’s potentially star-making turn in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” rolls around.”

My money’s still on Close.

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