All of the following stories really happened …
— The WGA is giving Tom Stoppard — the writer of my favorite play, "Arcadia" — its Laurel Award for lifetime achievement for motion picture writing. As Dave McNary points out, it comes despite Stoppard's adaptation of "Anna Karenina" not being eligible for the WGA adapted screenplay award this year.
— Also, the WGA named "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal as its Valentine Davies Award honoree, in recognition of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of writers.
— Interested in the elite in new media and videogames? The WGA has those covered too.
— "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Perks
of Being a Wallflower" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have been tapped as
finalists for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.
— Kirk Douglas will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th annual ICG Publicists Guild awards luncheon Feb. 22. I'd say he's earned it.
— Three of the five Directors Guild nominees for documentary also received Oscar noms, while all five are first-time DGA nominees.
— The Emad Burnat-Guy Davidi documentary "5 Broken Cameras," a shortlisted
finalist for an Oscar nomination Thursday, earned top feature kudos at
the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.
— The AMPAS board of governors has voted to give visual effects supervisor
and director of photography Bill Taylor the John A. Bonner Medal of
Commendation, for "upholding the high standards" of the Academy.
— The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated the d.p.'s for
"Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Skyfall"
in the feature film category for the org's 27th annual awards.
— Laura Colella's "Breakfast With Curtis" won Film Independent's Find Your Audience Award.
— Ben Affleck and David O. Russsell are among the participants in Film Independent's 2013 Directors Close-Up Series.
— On Oscar Sunday, charities in 45 cities will bring the Oscar experience to life at viewing parties in each city.
— Carl Reiner and Alec Baldwin will present Dick Van Dyke his SAG Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 27.
— "The Sapphires," directed by Wayne Blair, won the audience narrative
feature award at the 24th Palm Springs Film Festival, as Israel's "Fill
the Void" took the Fipresci award for best foreign language film. The
audience award for documentary went to "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's
Journey," directed by Ramona Diaz, about the search to replace lead
singer Steve Perry.
— The Radio & Television News Assn. of Southern California will honor Steve Edwards at Saturday's Golden Mike Awards with a lifetime achievement kudo.
— This year's Oscar ceremony will have a special salute to the 50th anniversary of James Bond.
— Last but not least, Larry Harnisch at the Daily Mirror notes the negative reaction to the Emancipation Proclmation in the Jan. 3, 1863 Los Angeles Star. “By the stroke of his pen, Mr. Lincoln frees every slave in rebeldom —
robs every master of his servant, every household of its property. Was
ever such an outrage perpetrated in the name of law, or such foul
perjury committed, as by this man, sworn to maintain the Constitution
and govern by the laws.”