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What Will Ted Have to Say at the Oscars About Argo?

Given Argo‘s big weekend wins at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild celebrations, the lack of a Best Director Oscar nomination for Ben Affleck looms even larger.

Still, it could be tricky for show host Seth MacFarlane to slam the director’s branch of the Academy. Those voters will be scattered throughout the Dolby Theatre audience and it would also be unfair to have a camera trained on Affleck and-or Argo producer George Clooney as MacFarlane ridicules their peers for picking a German and a New Orleans indie filmmaker instead. But the foul-mouthed teddy bear also voiced by MacFarlane? That’s a different story.

As recently tipped on an episode of Anderson, Mark Wahlberg and his fellow (furry) king of the R-rated domestic comedy box office rolls will be making an appearance on the telecast. Under that guise, MacFarlane can and probably will let loose on the business of the Best Director category snubs and more.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Ineligible for SAG Awards

Not only is this no surprise to director Benh Zeitlin (pictured). But in the wake of today’s confirmation that Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild is out of the 2012 SAG Awards running, he tells THR awards columnist Scott Feinberg that he wouldn’t have it any other way:

“Against all logic and planning, two incredible first-time actors won the lead roles in Beasts,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter via e-mail. “I’m positive they both have long and amazing acting careers in front of them.” (In other words, SAG can expect to get two new members thanks to Beasts.)

As Feinberg notes, there is a scenario for Zeitlin and Fox Searchlight to retroactively bring the movie into compliance with SAG’s Low Budget Feature Agreement. But unless the distributor can call in some major international favors, that’s unlikely, especially in time for the guild’s nominations deadline.

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LAFF Audiences Applaud Beasts of the Southern Wild

For Fox Searchlight, which releases Beasts of the Southern Wild on Wednesday, the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival could not have worked out any better.

Benh Zeitlin’s acclaimed apocalyptic drama, a multiple prize winner at both Cannes and Sundance, generated another swamp load of positive buzz during the downtown event’s first weekend and has now added LAFF’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. There is no doubt this New Orleans-minted master work will roll on as the summer’s dominant indie theatrical release.

Also celebrating LAFF Audience Awards are Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore (Best Documentary Feature, Birth Story: Ina Mary Gaskin and the Farm Midwives), Malik Bendjellou (Best International Feature, Searching for Sugar Man), Bryan Buckley (Best Short Film, Asad) and Lex Halaby (Best Music Video, Piranhas Club: Man Man). Buckley is from South Africa, but his short, in Somalian with subtitles, is all about a little boy in the war-torn country. It previously won the Best Narrative Short award at Tribeca.

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