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Well, it sure is nice to see Helen Mirren win an award for once. It was announced today that the Oscar-winning actress will receive this year's European Achievement in World Cinema Award at December's European Film Awards ceremony -- "a very meaningful honor," she said, while clearing some shelf space. Of course, there's the possibility that this won't be the high point of her awards season, with Fox Searchlight planning a Best Actress Oscar campaign for her turn as Alma Reville opposite Anthony Hopkins's "Hitchcock." In other Mirren news, she's reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the West End in a new Peter Morgan play, to be directed by Stephen Daldry. Seats will no doubt be in high demand, so I'll graciously sit this one out. [European Film Academy]
Word is out that the venerable trade paper Variety may be bought by Penske Media Corporation, whose stable also houses showbiz news rival Deadline. [LA Times]
Sadly, the possibility we reported yesterday has become a certainty: Iran is boycotting this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. [The Guardian]
Sally Potter's Elle Fanning starrer "Ginger and Rosa," which has had mixed reviews on the fall fast circuit, has been acquired by new distributor A24, who are planning an Oscar-qualifying release this year. [Variety]
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