News Nuggets: The MTV Movie Awards make drastic changes

The MTV Movie Awards add new categories, change voting: “Among the changes announced today are five new categories — including Best Music, Best On-Screen Transformation and the soon-to-be-classic Best On-Screen Dirt Bag — as well as a new system of nominations based on an anonymous panel of actors, producers, industry folks and ‘members of the MTV audience,’ says a press release … Let’s be real: The new voting system, as well-intended and smart as it sounds, won’t help matters if the voting is still left up to the public. For every casual voter that may choose to honor Jean Dujardin, there are at least nine others who will see ‘Bella Swan’ and launch into cosmic giddiness resulting in another unsurprising win for the ‘Twilight Saga.'” EW.COM

Simon Cowell‘s BAFTA snub is significant: “It is the first time he hasn’t had a show in the Best Entertainment category since 2007. ‘X Factor’ lost out to ‘The Cube’ last year but has previously won Baftas in 2006 and 2009, while ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has been nominated twice for the previous five series … A source said: ‘This is a very big blow for Simon. The Baftas are the most prestigious awards in Britain and “Britain’s Got Talent” and “X Factor” are two of the biggest shows on telly.'” THE SUN

What dramas will be nominated for Daytime Emmys this year? “The Daytime Emmy nominations will be announced May 4 so it’s time to do some handicapping! Will CBS’ ‘The Bold and the Beautiful‘ score a nod in the best soap race and go on to win an unprecedented fourth award in a row? Will ABC’s axed soaps, ‘All My Children‘ and ‘One Life to Live,’ have the last laugh? Will NBC’s ‘Days of Our Lives‘ ever get some respect? TV Guide Magazine took a look at each of the episodes submitted for the Outstanding Daytime Drama prize by the six qualifying soaps (the hour shows selected two episodes, half-hour ‘B&B’ got to pick four). Here’s how they stack up.” SEATTLE PI

Jimmy Kimmel compares hosting the Emmys to the White House Correspondents Dinner: “I’m definitely more nervous about the correspondents audience because I don’t know those people. I’m an outsider in Washington, for sure, and I think a mistake that one could make is pretending to be an insider when you aren’t one. I don’t want to do any jokes I might not actually get.” HUFFINGTON POST

The Hour” star Anna Chancellor celebrates her first BAFTA nomination: “The actress said she was ‘very thrilled’ that she was in the race for best supporting actress for her role in the BBC’s 1950s-set current affairs drama ‘The Hour’ … ‘It’s a game isn’t it,’ laughed the actress. ‘It’s great but if you don’t get nominated for an award it’s fine too.’ She revealed that in series two of ‘The Hour,’ Lix Storm has a ‘very repressed’ love story with a character played by Peter Capaldi. Chancellor’s co-stars in ‘The Hour’ – Dominic West and Romola Garai – are also nominated for Baftas for other shows, ‘Appropriate Adult‘ (Dominic West) and ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ (Romola Garai).” BBC

Are BAFTA TV Awards elitist for snubbing the UK’s biggest hits? “BBC1’s ‘Call the Midwife’ and ITV1’s ‘Downton Abbey‘ will not be battling it out for this year’s best drama gong despite huge ratings. Instead, the prize will go to BBC3’s ‘The Fades,’ E4’s ‘Misfits,’ ITV’s ‘Scott & Bailey’ or BBC1’s axed spy series ‘Spooks.’ One BBC insider raged: ‘We are furious. Bafta are elitist and out of touch. What do you have to do to get a Bafta nomination? Great writing – check. Brilliant performances – check. Amazing audience ratings – check. It’s as if being popular counts against you.'” DAILY RECORD

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