News Nuggets: It’s the closest Best Picture Oscar race in history!

Kris Tapley proclaims this might be the “closest Best Picture Oscar race ever!” He adds that “it’s wonderful when an exemplary year of filmmaking yields an awards season as unpredictable and wide open as this one is.” With “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” and “Gravity” all winning major awards, the top prize could go to any of them. With a Producers Guild Awards tie Sunday night (between ‘Slave’ and ‘Gravity’), he calls that “mind-boggling” since it is an incredibly difficult thing to happen when the distribution of votes must be exact. HitFix.

Was the true-life Ron Woodroof, portrayed by Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” actually bisexual and not a homophobe? Forrest Wickman researches the question and finds evidence that he “was not a homophobe…according to those who knew him, but rather openly bisexual.” His ex-wife Brenda also stated they remained close until his death in 1992 and that he was bisexual. Screenwriter Craig Borten (who co-wrote the script with Melisa Wallack) says that “his arc is real yet told in a dramatic way for the film” and that “his diagnosis changed him.” Slate.

How long will the popular “Sherlock” series starring Benedict Cumberbatch continue for the BBC and PBS? Executive producer Stephen Moffat jokingly sates that “it will continue until Benedict gets too famous.” Cumberbatch is a fast rising star with many feature films on his recent and upcoming resume (including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and “August: Osage County“). The detective drama returned Sunday night after a long absence to its best U.S. ratings yet. The Wrap.

This year’s Grammy Awards will close the CBS ceremony with a super group of rockers. The final performance on Sunday’s show will feature Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl (from Nirvana and Foo Fighters), and Lindsey Buckingham (from Fleetwood Mac). Other newly announced as performers on the program are Jay-Z and Beyonce. Entertainment Weekly.

Emmy winning actor and comedian Brad Garrett will host the West Coast edition of the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1. The guild is also teaming up with the L.A. Times to webcast the ceremony on the newspaper’s website. Additional presenters will be announced later this week. The East Coast ceremony will be held on the same date and hosted by comedian Colin Quinn. Hollywood Reporter.

James Jacks, producer of “The Mummy” film franchise, dies Monday of a heart attack at age 66. His first film was Richard Linklater‘s “Dazed and Confused, and he also produced four Joel and Ethan Coen movies: “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “Miller’s Crossing,” and “Intolerable Cruelty.” He and former Universal president Sean Daniel formed Alphaville Productions in 1992. Thompson on Hollywood.

Writer, director and producer John Wells will be honored with the Board of Governors Award from the American Society of Cinematographers on February 1. Wells was the co-creator of “E.R.,” “The West Wing,” and “Shameless,” and recently directed his first feature film, “August: Osage County.” He was also president of the Writers Guild of America 1999-2001 and 2009-2011. Variety.

All of the most searched awards nominees, show highlights, and red carpet buzz are featured on the active Bing awards website. Look for things like which Grammys Best New Artist contender is the fan favorite among searches (the answer is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis over Kendrick Lamar). Or find out that Taylor Swift is expected to sweep for Album of the Year and Country Album for “Red.” Bing Awards.

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