News Nuggets: Stephen Colbert says the Oscars are destroying America

Stephen Colbert explains how the Oscars are destroying America: HULU

Harvey Weinstein had a good night at the Oscars: “It was a big night for Harvey, further evidence of a major comeback (after last year’s ‘The King’s Speech’ win) and a return to the Oscar dominance he enjoyed all those years in a remarkable run at Miramax. And it wasn’t just the dominance in major categories of ‘The Artist,’ the black-and-white silent film that became the first non-talkie to win the top Oscar since ‘Wings’ in 1927-28 — Oscar’s first year.  He also grabbed two Oscars for the Margaret Thatcher biopic ‘The Iron Lady‘ including a first Best Actress win in nearly three decades for Meryl Streep.” DEADLINE

Iran reacts to its first Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film: “Although ‘A Separation‘ was met with mixed feelings in Iran when the domestic drama first came out, some Iranians stayed up until dawn Monday to watch filmmaker Asghar Farhadi accept the first Academy Award for an Iranian movie. Accolades for Farhadi poured into Iranian newspapers. ‘This event is a clear hint that art, in its general meaning, and cinema in particular, are media that are able to help humanity to overcome aggression, enable us to bring our hearts closer to each other, and enable us to have dialogue among civilizations instead of conflicts and clashes,’ former President Mohammad Khatami wrote in an open letter to the filmmaker published in Aftab News.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Will the Primetime Emmys expand Best Drama Series to ten nominees? “The move of PBS’ ‘Downton Abbey‘ from miniseries to drama series for this year’s Primetime Emmy race could be the impetus for the TV Academy to expand its top series categories to 10 nominees next year. So says John Leverence, awards chief at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who emphasized that the earliest any shift might happen would be the 2013 Emmy race. ‘It’s an abundance of riches,’ Leverence told Variety. ‘Maybe someone will say we have to have 10 nominees, like the motion picture academy. That argument could be made for the extraordinary abundance of shows. Maybe six isn’t enough.'” VARIETY

Cynthia Nixon discusses what it’s like to star in “Wit” on Broadway: “It’s actually blissfully not as hard as I thought it would be. I sleep a lot. You have to work hard to remember the depth, the height and the stakes of what you are talking about. Oftentimes friends of mine come backstage and look like they have been through a war. I’m all chipper and happy to see them, but it’s what we do as performers. You explore the pain of it, but by the end we give the audience the play. We’re free and they’re left holding the bag.” BROADWAY.COM

Rumors of a “Downton Abbey” movie have been greatly exaggerated: “… Hugh Bonneville has denied rumors that a film adaptation is being planned. The actor, who plays Earl Robert Crawley in the ITV drama, said that fans had jumped to the wrong conclusion after creator Julian Fellowes spoke to Hollywood producers at last month’s Golden Globes. ‘Everyone thinks we’re making a film because our writer spoke to some producers at the Golden Globes,’ he told the Daily Star. ‘But that is what happens at film awards – it doesn’t mean we’re doing a film.'” DIGITAL SPY

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