Oscar race about to get “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: A lot happening in Oscar land the last few days. Let’s run through the biggest stories of the moment.

– Brooks Barnes covers “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” the last of the legitimate Oscar contenders to drop, in the NY Times. I’m heading to a screening of the film in a few minutes. Can’t wait to se what Stephen Daldry has in store.

– Andie MacDowell’s daughter, Rainey Qualley, has been named Miss Golden Globe 2012.

– Speaking of, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reveal their nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globes on Thursday, Dec. 15. The ceremony, hosted by Ricky Gervais, is scheduled for Jan. 15.

– The campaign to nominate Andy Serkis for his motion-capture performance in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” grows louder, via Awards Daily.

– Kenneth Branagh, a contender for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, talks “My Week with Marilyn.”

– “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn spoke with us about the Oscar season and his film’s hopes.

– And finally, Academy members received faulty copies of Oren Moverman’s “Rampart.” Will that hurt Woody Harrelson’s chances for a Best Actor nomination?

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