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The SAG ensemble award is a strange beast, one that has made official nominees of such noted thespians as Gwen Stefani, Eli Roth and the RZA, sometimes at the expense of more accomplished colleagues. A quirk that causes trouble every year is their rigid but random method of determining which actors are key players in the ensemble, a screen credit issue that often leaves valued players out in the cold. This year, Corey Stoll, whose hilarious performance as Ernest Hemingway made him, for many critics, the MVP of “Midnight in Paris,” wasn’t included in the film’s ensemble nod, while Carla Bruni, perfectly fine in her bit part as a museum guide, was. Go figure. Nathaniel Rogers ponders this and other injustices, gets a diplomatic (but clearly vexed) response from Stoll, and offers a sensible solution. [Film Experience]
As you might expect, British journalist Sarah Hughes is upset that "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "Shame" were absent from yesterday's SAG list. [The Guardian]
Tim Robey reflects on a standout year for non-Hollywood cinema, with a particularly strong British charge. Not the award season thus far would have you know it. [The Telegraph]
Rounding up and discussing key scenes from several of this year's Oscar hopefuls, including "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Moneyball" and "Coriolanus." [LA Times]
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