News Nuggets: Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations concert

Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations concert. From the press release: “Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will co-host ‘The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,’ along with two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J. Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan has been added to the lineup for the one-hour special, joining previously announced three-time Grammy-winning group Maroon 5. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past Grammy winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central).”

Considering the best performances by actors playing characters with disabilities: “Don’t be surprised if John Hawkes gets an Oscar nomination – and possibly a win – for his astonishing turn as ‘The Sessions’s’ real-life poet and journalist Mark O’Brien, who after a childhood bout with polio lost the use of all his limbs. The Academy loves when able-bodied actors take on physical challenges. They’ve handed out awards to everyone from Cliff Robertson (‘Charly,’ 1968) and Jayne Wyman (‘Johnny Belinda,’ 1948) to Jon Voight (‘Coming Home,’ 1978). Here’s a list of the best performances by actors who’ve captured gold for playing disabled onscreen.” NOW

Best Costume Design and Best Makeup/Hairstyling are Halloween-friendly Oscar categories: “And yet, the best and most common outfits and frightening faces aren’t necessarily those that tend to be recognized by the Academy. This year’s list of popular movie-related costumes predominantly consists of superheroes, which has been the norm for a while, but there are even more timely examples represented now thanks to the ‘The Avengers‘ featuring so many masked and caped crusaders … Does the Academy think that because superhero costumes originate in comic books that their cinematic adaptations, in spite of their need for performance practicality and a mix of familiar and fresh takes on the uniforms (see never-nominated Kim Barrett‘s effort for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘), aren’t as worthy?” FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

Alan Cumming will host the Britannia Awards: “Tony Award winner Alan Cumming has been tapped to return as the host of the 2012 Britannia Awards when the ceremony is held in Los Angeles on November 7. Among the presenters at the event are Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and original ‘Book of Mormon‘ star Josh Gad. Gad’s involvement with the starry list of celebs is likely because ‘Book of Mormon’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be honored at this year’s ceremony, receiving the prestigious Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.” BROADWAY.COM

Oscar-winner Nat Faxon hopes his struggling FOX sitcom “Ben and Kate” finds an audience: “In reality, Faxon – who won an Academy Award for co-writing the George Clooney dramedy ‘The Descendants‘ – is not so carefree. And he might have wanted to channel some of Ben’s anxiety-free frivolity when sizing up the freshman show’s early ratings. Although the heartfelt ensemble comedy has been a hit with critics, its ratings haven’t reflected that goodwill. TV By the Numbers, a website that predicts a show’s odds of staying on the air, prognosticated this week that the show was a likely candidate for cancellation. And Faxon admits he’s concerned about the show’s small viewership. ‘I got very panicky about it and had to talk to Dana Fox, the creator,’ the down-to-earth Faxon said during a promotional visit to Toronto this week.” LETHBRIDGE HERALD

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