The 1982 Academy Award nominations will be announced next Thursday. Expect TOOTSIE, GANDHI and AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN to emerge with the most citations, while SHOOT THE MOON, PERSONAL BEST and COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN fight it out for least nominations among the most deserving contenders. One of the surest indexes to eventual Oscar recognition, the Directors Guild of America award, will be announced March 12, a month before the big event, scheduled for April 11. The five DGA finalists are Richard Attenborough for "Gandhi," Taylor Hackford for "An Officer and a Gentleman," Wolfgang Petersen for "Das Boot," Sydney Pollack for "Tootsie" and Steven Spielberg for "E.T." The probable favorites for the best foreign-language film award, TIME STANDS STILL from Hungary and NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS from Italy, should open here within a week or two of each other. Peter Gothar's "Time Stands Still," a lyrical account of the growing pains peculiar to a group of Budapest high-school students in the early '60s, appears to be headed for a March 4 or 11 opening at the Outer Circle. Even more acclaim has greeted the Taviani Brothers' "Night of the Shooting Stars," an epic memoir of the impact of the imminent departure of the German army and arrival of the American army on a bitterly divided Italian community in the summer of 1944. Originally announced for next Friday, the film has been moved back a week by the K-B management to avoid a logjam of openings. Booked at the Janus, it now shares a February 25 starting date with John Sayles' LIANNA, which will be previewed at the Fine Arts on the 18th. The other familiar titles among the 25 semi-finalists in contention for the five nominations as best foreign-language film: FITZCARRALDO from West Germany, COUP DE TORCHON from France and the exiled Turk's ordeal YOL, representing Switzerland, surely one of the funnier subterfuges in Oscar annals. For potential outrageousness, the prospect of "Yol" winning is surpassed only by the prospect of Spielberg being overlooked for "E.T." while Tobe Hooper gets a directing nomination for "Poltergeist."
In cooperation with the Australian Film Commission, the Smithsonian has organized a five-week series of AUSTRALIAN FEATURES for Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Langley Theater of the National Air and Space Museum, beginning February 22 with a double-bill of THE MANGO TREE and GRENDEL, GRENDEL, GRENDEL, an animated adaptation of the John Gardner novel. The 10 features in this series were made between 1974 and 1981; the timing coincides with the release of several new features by Australian directors. Roger Donaldson's SMASH PALACE, by an Australian writer- director transplanted to New Zealand, began the cycle last week. It will be joined by Peter Weir's THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY on February 18, Gillian Armstrong's STARSTRUCK on March 4 and Bruce Beresford's first American production, TENDER MERCIES, due in March.
JOHN KOBAL, the archivist whose collections of portrait photography from the heyday of Hollywood inspired the exhibit now at the National Portrait Gallery, will present a slide lecture on GLAMOUR GLOSSIES: HOLLYWOOD PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS in Baird Auditorium on March 3 at 8. It's $5 for Smithsonian members and $6.50 for non-members.