—Christmas illuminations Friday in Tokyo. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images.)
It’s been a busy week for film awards and nominations. In brief: Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, African American Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Detroit Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.
Among the most feted filmmakers of the season is Kathryn Bigelow, who directed the action film “The Hurt Locker.” Last week, Manohla Dargis pondered (and protested) that in a time when more and more women make up the paying movie audience, there are still so few powerful women in Hollywood. One of them, director Nancy Meyers, is profiled in this week’s New York Times Magazine.
James Cameron’s highly-anticipated 3-D film “Avatar” opens in theaters today. Coming up, we’ll have a conversation with the author of a new Cameron biography, plus the linguistics professor who invented the alien language for the film. (You can also catch an interview with Cameron on this weekend’s episode of Studio360.)
Hollywood lost three of its lumineries this week: Val Avery, an actor who portrayed “tough guys” in films like “Hud” and “Hombre”; Jennifer Jones, the actress best known for her role in “The Song of Bernadette”; and Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt, who helped restore the company’s animation department to its former glory with hits like “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”