Voting deadline for Academy members closing in

Levinson to receive WGAW's Laurel Award

The deadline for voting Academy members to submit their completed nomination ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the 82nd Academy Awards is Saturday at 5 p.m. Ballots received after 5 p.m. will not be counted.

Nominations will be announced 10 days later on Feb. 2 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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Barry Levinson has been tapped to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Laurel Award for Screen, honoring lifetime achievement in writing for motion pictures.

Kudo will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony Feb. 20 at the Century Plaza. From ‘Diner’ to ‘Avalon,’ ‘Rain Man’ to ‘Tin Men,’ filmmaker Barry Levinson has long demonstrated a wonderful ability to create memorable movies that resonate with audiences by capturing a particular time and place,” said WGA West president John Wells. Levinson has received three Oscar screenwriting nominations. A six-time WGA nominee, Levinson has won WGA awards for “Avalon,” “Time Warner Presents: The Earth Day Special” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”

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“A Single Man” was the big winner at the inaugural Dorian Awards, the first kudos from the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Assn., newly launched by Us Weekly TV critic John Griffiths.

Awards, which draw their name from Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray,” are intended to reflect gay interest, rather than focusing entirely on gay content.

“A Single Man” took best picture; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender film; and film performance of the year for Colin Firth.

In the television categories, “Grey Gardens” won for TV drama while Drew Barrymore took performance for TV drama for her role in the HBO telepic; Jane Lynch (“Glee”) drew the TV musical or comedy perf nod; and LGBT show of the year was “Prayers for Bobby.”

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