Hollywood industryites have it that hometowner/character actor John Goodman could win his first Oscar nomination for “Inside Llewyn Davis”. . .The invite: “Please join Cong. William Lacey Clay and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay for a reelection reception/fundraiser and birthday celebration of County Exec. Charlie Dooley at the Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Airport at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5″. . .In what many said was the most integrated funeral in recent memory, hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon to bid farewell to Rev. Ben Martin, a fixture in progressive circles. Martin pastored Peters Memorial Presbyterian Church and worked for years at the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy. As head of the Self-Development of People Fund, Martin helped disburse hundreds of thousands to grassroots groups around the metro area. Mourners included: Rev. Tommie Pearson; Rabbi Susan Talve; Phil Deitch; Arlene Zarembka; Rev. Eugene Fowler of the Congress of Racial Equality; Harriett Patton of the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Assoc.; Laura Barrett of the Gamaliel Foundation and Presbyterian ministers Ann Pittman, Rich Hause, Millie Slack and Michael Miller. Martin’s eldest son Steve is a noted musician in local blues bands, often playing with Kim Massie.