Brad Pitt, “Pariah” and the “Dragon Tattoo” in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell A few quick new items on the Oscar front this morning before I run off to interviews on behalf of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (which I’ll have on the site shortly):

Brad Pitt opens up about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to Steven Soderbergh being bumped off of “Moneyball.” It’s a great read, if you liked the film as much as I do. In the piece, Amy Pascal calls Pitt the “soul and spirit of this movie. He is the driving force behind it, in all of its troubled times and all the best times. He championed it all the way and never lost heart.” Totally agree.

– Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” “Dragon Tattoo”) will receive a Modern Master Award at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

– Focus Features has invited Writers Guild of America members to view Dee Rees’s “Pariah” through an exclusive screener site operated by fulfillment house Deluxe Media Management. The digital screener was made available to WGA members until Jan 6, 2012. The free rental is for a 48-hour period, which allows WGA members to watch the 86-minute feature film straight through, or to pause their viewing and then return to it within the allotted time period. I have to wonder if this, indeed, is the future of FYC screeners.

– And while I run off an speak with the cast and crew of Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo,” here is the director and his collaborators on the Charlie Rose Show:

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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