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The Costume Designers' Guild, which will hold its 2012 award ceremony on February 19, has announced a list of honorary award winners that includes costume designers Judianna Makovsky (a three-time Oscar nominee previously rewarded by the Guild for "Pleasantville" and the first "Harry Potter" film) and Eduardo Castro, as well as TV producer Lorne Michaels. The biggest name being honored, however, is Anne Hathaway, who's likely to be well-practiced in accepting trophies by mid-February. She'll be receiving the Spotlight Award, and while I'm not sure what the criteria are, Hathaway makes sense as a thespian ambassador for the art of costume design, given how many of her roles, from "The Devil Wears Prada" to "Les Mis," have played with image and costume. Or perhaps the Guild simply wants a piece of the season's likely golden girl. [CDG]
With the Academy set to announce the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist later today, Steve Pond considers the possibilities, and concludes that while "The Intouchables" and "Amour" are in, "A Royal Affair" isn't as safe as you might think. [The Wrap]
Gregg Kilday considers the films in this year's Oscar race that are vulnerable to whisper campaigns against them, including such Best Picture frontrunners as "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo." [THR]
Christmas comes early for Nathaniel Rogers as he gets to interview Nicole Kidman, the season's unlikeliest SAG and Globe nominee, about "The Paperboy," "Birth" and working with Chan-wook Park. [The Film Experience]
Adam Tschorn rounds up the supposed costume design highlights from 2012, but why are they all period films? [LA Times]
Four key production designers from different eras of the James Bond franchise -- Ken Adams, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron and Dennis Gassner -- will be honored with the Cinematic Imagery Award by the Art Directors' Guild. [The Vote]
Sticking with the design theme, Mark London Williams talks to art director David Klassen about his collaboration with the late Michael J. Riva on "Django Unchained." [Below the Line]
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