News Nuggets: Does Grammy’s comedy category need to be fixed?

How the comedy category has changed at the Grammys: “In a flash-and-pop show that’s all about music, the comedy category has always been something of a square peg. But in the 1960s and 1970s, a heyday for comedy albums, the category was particularly reflective of the zeitgeist … In an effort to stay current, the Recording Academy has broadened the terms of what’s eligible for a comedy Grammy; two years ago it began considering audio material that originated on TV. But some in the comedy community feel the academy’s standards are now too loose, and that the category lacks relevance.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Michael Fassbender and Olivia Colman win at Evening Standard Award ceremony delayed by fire alarm: “Monday’s ceremony, at the London Film Museum, was delayed after a fire alarm during the champagne reception meant that all the guests – including John Hurt, ‘Birdsong’s’ Clemence Poesy and ‘Downton Abbey‘s’ Jessica Brown-Findlay – were evacuated outside … Colman beat three Oscar winners – Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton – to take the best actress prize for her role as a Christian charity shop worker in Paddy Considine’s ‘Tyrannosaur.’ Presented with her prize by ‘Doctor Who‘ actor Matt Smith, the tearful actress said: ‘This film will be the thing I’m most proud of until I die – apart from my husband.'” BBC

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl considers being an elder statesman at the Grammys: “When Dave Grohl started in the music business, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars were tots; Rihanna and Adele weren’t even born. That makes Grohl and his Foo Fighters kind of the senior set as they face off against the new kids at the Grammys on Sunday for album of the year … ‘It feels great to be the guy with gray hair in his beard who is still invited to these things,” said the 43-year-old frontman. “Twenty years ago, I never thought I’d even have a career in music this long.'” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Argentina takes a new look at “The Iron Lady“: “Argentine moviegoers are seeing Margaret Thatcher from a different, perhaps more sympathetic perspective after ‘The Iron Lady’ opened Thursday in Buenos Aires, according to Reuters. Thatcher was reviled among Argentines for her role in the 1982 war with Britain over the Falkland Islands. Argentine opposition lawmaker Gabriela Michetti said the film humanizes Thatcher. ‘You can see her youth, how much she fought against obstacles in a man’s world and as a grocer’s daughter … It’s the first time I see her this way.'” DEADLINE

Ten things you didn’t know about Janet McTeer: “… two weeks ago, you might not even have heard of Janet McTeer. Which is a shame, since she’s a terrific actress who’s done Oscar-worthy work in a handful of movies (even though she’s just as at home on the stage, where she’s won prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, and on television). Here are ten talking points to get you up to speed on all things McTeer.” MOVIEFONE

Not all actors can win the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), but Vulture considers other awards for omnipresence: “We could call Madonna’s the SAD, for Super Bowl half-timing, Album, and Directing a major motion picture. And why stop there? Vulture has designed other new acronyms to be bestowed upon those who have completed an assortment of awesome, multi-field accomplishments. Let’s hand them out, shall we?” VULTURE

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