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“Shame,” “Hugo” and “War Horse” lead today’s Oscars news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Between the National Board of Review, the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the New York Film Critics’ Circle, this has been the busiest week of the still hectic Oscar season. As we raced to cover all of the nominations (and give attention to each deserving film), a few news items slipped through the cracks. Let’s catch up on interesting bits you might have missed:

– Steve McQueen’s devastating “Shame” opens in theaters today. The unflinching portrait of a sex addict earns its NC-17 rating, which could hurt its chances in the Oscar race. That would be unfortunate, as the film is searing in its honesty, with tremendous performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Here’s my review, and an interview I did with McQueen. If “Shame” is playing near you, see it. It’s one of the year’s best.

– The Golden Satellite nominations have been revealed. Motion Picture contenders are “Moneyball,” “The Descendants,” “Drive,” “The Artist,” “Shame,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “Hugo” and “War Horse.” For a complete list of nominations, click here.

– “Margin Call” director J.C. Chandor will appear at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 to participate in a special Q-and-A with FSLC’s Eugene Hernandez following the 5:40 p.m. screening of the film. Chandor’s appearance follows the news that the New York Film Critics Circle named “Margin Call” as its choice for 2011’s Best First Feature. The 2011 Spirit Awards also chose “Margin Call” as one of its nominees for Best First Feature, as well as handing a nomination to writer/director Chandor for Best Screenplay.

– One Oscar blogger makes a strong case for Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win” (which I can get behind).

– And finally, “War Horse” co-star Emily Watson was honored in London last night at the 21sts Annual Women In Film and Television Awards ceremony.

Here we have “Shame” co-star Carey Mulligan accepting her trophy at October’s Hollywood Film Awards gala:

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