News Nuggets: Webby Award nominees announced

The Webby Awards have been announced. From the press release: “In a year marked by the increasing convergence of entertainment and the social and mobile Web, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) announced Spotify, HBO GO, 106 & Park, Google+, Funny or Die and Pinterest among its nominees for The 16th Annual Webby Awards. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found at http://wbby.co/nominees.”

Tony Awards Administration Committee announces its Lifetime Achievement recipient. Press release: “This year’s award will be presented to producer Emanuel ‘Manny’ Azenberg.   The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented at the 2012 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10th … Emanuel ‘Manny’ Azenberg has produced 65 productions for Broadway, receiving 25 Tony Award nominations and 8 Tony Awards. Collectively, elements of those productions have received 49 Tony Awards from more than 150 nominations.”

“Murphy Brown” will be honored at the TV Land Awards. Press release: “TV Land announced today that the cast and show creator behind the cutting-edge and witty CBS series, ‘Murphy Brown’ – Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Charles Kimbrough, Grant Shaud and Diane English – will be honored with the Impact Award at the ‘TV Land Awards’ 10th Anniversary celebration, taping Saturday, April 14 at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park in New York City.”

Can MTV turn sister network Logo’s NewNowNext Awards into a sensation? “For the fourth year of the New Now Next Awards, which airs Monday on Logo, the MTV and VH1 sister network will implement a variety of social TV features new to the show, including the Verizon Wireless-sponsored Twitter Tracker, which visualizes the Twitter conversation around the show … ‘We try to give the show an outrageous slant – outrageous characters from high and low pop culture,’ Dan Sacher, VP of Digital for VH1 and Logo, told TheWrap. ‘The show has been building and this year we wanted to introduce several social TV first initiatives.'” THE WRAP

Chaz Bono to be honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Press release: “GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced it will honor LGBT equality advocate, author and speaker Chaz Bono at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo.  Bono will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the Los Angeles Ceremony on April 21, 2012 … Ellen DeGeneres will open the show and guests will enjoy a performance by Grammy Award-winning singer and LGBT equality advocate, Jason Mraz.”

“Titanic” ruled the box office, won Oscars, and launched hater culture: “Any number of celebrated films, of course, have provoked backlashes … What’s special about ‘Titanic’ is that the backlash happened so quickly, and became so widespread, and grew nearly as mythological as the movie itself. The film was released in December 1997, and a few weeks later, when it started to play around the country to surging, off-the-charts crowds, the voices of dissent had already begun to coalesce. For everyone who adored ‘Titanic,’ and even (like me) thought that it was a heart-swelling masterpiece of old-fashioned Hollywood audacity, it seemed as if there was someone else who thought it was overrated and overblown.” EW.COM

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