Oscars: “The Descendants,” “The Artist” and the Oscars Nominees Luncheon – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Now that the Super Bowl is over, the next BIG game on our nation’s horizon is the Oscar telecast, better known as the Super Bowl for movie fans.

We’ll have plenty of news items crossing the wire from now until Feb. 26, when the Academy gets together to hand out their annual Best Of trophies, starting with today’s headlines:

– Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Alexander Payne is a consistently fresh, exciting voice in film,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “From the socially conscious and satirical “Citizen Ruth” to the rich and poignant comedies of “Sideways,” “About Schmidt” and most recently “The Descendants,” he is a filmmaker with unique vision and the ability to illuminate the humanity in every story he tells. We are delighted to recognize him with our most distinguished honor.”

– Awards Daily wonders if any film can upset “The Artist” at the Oscars. Good question.

– On that topic, Jeff Wells left Santa Barbara charmed by “Artist” star Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. Good for him.

– EW.com makes the case for “Shame,” which was shut out of the Oscars.

– Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” swept the Danish Film Academy Awards. Well, yeah. Of course. What was it’s competition?

– The BAFTAs have picked Miss Piggy as their official red carpet host. That should be fun.

– And finally, the Oscars Nominees Luncheon will be held today, Feb. 6. Here’s a list of who’s expected to attend, including George Clooney, Viola Davis, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Demian Bichir, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt.

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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