Oscars: Tom Hanks, “The Artist” and Martin Scorsese in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar race is chugging through its last legs, and while many still are prepared to crown “The Artist” as last year’s Best Picture, small camps heralding “The Help” and “The Descendants” are gaining momentum.

Let’s run through the news of the day, to take a snapshot of the race at this moment:

Today officially is “The Artist” Day in the city of Los Angeles. At 2 p.m. PT, Councilman Tom Labonge presented “The Artist” with the “Made In Hollywood” honor to the film’s cast and crew, including Academy Award nominees Michel Hazanvicious Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, and Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller. The honor was presented at RED Studios which substituted for Kinograph Studios in the film

– The Academy announced on its Twitter feed that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez will be official presenters.

– Mark Harris admits that “The Artist” likely is our Best Picture winner. But – and that’s a big “but” – he goes ahead and makes the case for “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Hugo.”

– Jeff Wells reports from Leonard Maltin’s in-depth chat with “Hugo” director Martin Scorsese at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

– Harrison Ford is being recognized by the American Society of Cinematographers.

– And finally, EW’s Owen Gleiberman fears that the Oscars have lost touch with the mainstream audience. Well, yeah.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
Harvey Weinstein
– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
– Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
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.”
– Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”

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