Round-up: Time to erase the animation Oscar?
Most agree that this year's Best Animated Feature category is a little lacking: ahead of two bland if technically strong DreamWorks kidpics and two interesting but sketchy Euro-curios, "Rango" will and should cruise to victory. But it's not just this that leads Mark Harris to believe Oscar's youngest category (only a decade old) should be scrapped: for him, now that the expanded Best Picture category has proven itself animation-friendly, a specialized award is now superfluous. (Admittedly, we have yet to see if the adjusted 5-to-10 field can hatch an animated nominee.) I tend to agree with him, not least because even in its better years, the animation award just isn't competitive enough: there hasn't been an actual race for the win since 2006, making it far the Academy's dullest category. Just a nod for the top prize seems more meaningful. [Grantland]
In a subtle gesture of atonement, Brett "Rehearsing Is For Fags" Ratner will direct a new video campaign for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. [Vulture]
Meanwhile, we've all known this for ages, but it's officially official now: Streep and Julia Roberts are headling the screen adaptation of "August: Osage County." If not this year, eh, Meryl fans? [THR]
Gold Derby advertises a gallery of "Best Picture Winners Trashed By The Critics," then just quotes against-consensus reviews for such critically lauded films as "The Hurt Locker" and "Annie Hall." Uh, okay. [Gold Derby]