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Last year, the Academy crossed the pond to celebrate the career of Vanessa Redgrave with an intimate tribute evening in London; this year, it's two-time Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar's turn, with the British capital again hosting on December 13. Not to be confused with an honorary award, it's a more casual and cosy form of back-patting -- and this one is set to include appearances from such colleagues and admirers as Stephen Frears, Alberto Iglesias and Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as a Q&A with Almodóvar himself. The AMPAS press release cites "the breadth of his artistic explorations, his passionate engagement with the human heart, and a worldview often articulated by powerful female leads." The news underlines that Almodóvar is plainly the Academy's Euro auteur of choice, having already accomplished the all-too-rare feat of winning both a general-field Oscar (Original Screenplay for "Talk to Her") and the foreign-language award (for "All About My Mother"). [AMPAS]
Rob Epstein, head of the Academy's documentary branch, is happy with the new voting system that led to Monday's Oscar shortlist. (Unlike many of my colleagues, I think he should be: it's a strong list.) [Variety]
Here's a list I love: the best ever lone Oscar nominations for films that received no other nods -- from "Mulholland Drive" for Best Director to "Hoop Dreams" for Best Film Editing. [The Film Experience]
Time Magazine names "Cloud Atlas" the worst film of 2012. (Coincidentally, my London Critics' Circle colleagues and I held a similar vote yesterday, settling on the crushingly inept Britcom "The Knot." It's worse, trust me.) [Time]
"Cosmopolis" lands on another Top 10 list, though given that it's a list of Canada's best films of the year as voted for by industry professionals, that's less surprising. Also featured: Oscar hopeful "War Witch." [The Playlist]
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