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From sketchy beginnings, The Weinstein Company has grown into a major Oscar player, ruling even the documentary race last year -- but one category they have yet to score in, unlike back in their Miramax days, is Best Foreign Language Film. This year, they're looking to change that with French crossover smash "The Intouchables," but they've also just extended their stake in the race by nabbing Norway's submission, "Kon-Tiki." I'll be seeing it myself soon, but even when its selection was announced, I figured this factual tale of explorer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 expedition from South America to Polynesia on a wooden raft -- the most expensive film in Norwegian history -- would be something that could appeal to the Academy. The Weinsteins' attachment now confirms it as one to watch. True-life of Pi, anyone? [Variety]
Oscar-winning production designer Preston Ames ("An American in Paris," "Gigi"), along with Richardson Macdonald and Edward Stephenson, will be inducted into the Art Directors' Guild's Hall of Fame in February. [ADG]
Speaking of which, more Best Picture talk for Bond's 50th-anniversary outing. I like the film and all, but I can't quite board this train. [The Envelope]
Nathaniel Rogers, still in an election mood, invites your re-vote in some famously competitive and/or richly stacked Oscar races. [The Film Experience]
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