News Nuggets: Next big Oscar contenders are Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep (again)?

Thelma Adams previews the 2014 Academy Awards with 14 top contenders that might make a dent. At the top of the list is Wes Anderson‘s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which opens this week with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The others on her list are “Can a Song Save Your Life?” (Keira Knightley), “Get On Up” (James Brown biopic), “The Giver” (Jeff Bridges), “Gone Girl” (from David Fincher), “The Homesman” (from Tommy Lee Jones), “Interstellar” (from Christopher Nolan), “Fury” (Brad Pitt), “Home” (DreamWorks animation), “Inherent Vice” (from Paul Thomas Anderson), “Into the Woods” (Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep), “Unbroken” (from Angelina Jolie), “Boyhood” (from Richard Linklater), and “Miss Julie” (Jessica Chastain). Yahoo Movies.

How will HBO’s very popular and acclaimed “True Detective” end its run next Sunday night? Newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, who stars in and produces the miniseries, discusses the four stages of his character Rustin Cohle and how he broke down the complete history of the man with a 450-page graph. The show spans a 17 year period from 1995 to 2012 in which Cohle exists as “a sober, hyperanalytical homicide detective, a coke-and-meth-fueled undercover agent he calls Crash, and a troubled, alcoholic ex-cop.” Rolling Stone.

What was behind the big upswing in viewership for the Oscars Sunday night? The ABC event brought in an average of 43 million viewers, and the network states that at least 72 million people tuned in for at least a few minutes. The use of Twitter (especially Ellen DeGeneres‘ selfie with a dozen stars) and other social media was part of the spike in ratings. The popularity of DeGeneres herself helped in viewers. Also, it was due to the variety of big hits like “Gravity” and the other Best Picture nominees. L.A. Times.

The Television Academy will hold its 23rd Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 11. Four-time Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be inducted by Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”). Late night talk show host Jay Leno will be presented by comedian Bill Maher. The four others to be inducted are: writer and producer David E. Kelley by director Bill D’Elia; the late sound pioneer Ray Dolby by Chris Cookson (Sony); network executive Brandon Stoddard by Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal); and Fox network founder Rupert Murdoch by Katey Sagal (“Married with Children,” “Sons of Anarchy”). ATAS.

Susan Wloszczyna asks “where does Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett go from here?”. She says that her onscreen persona often falls somewhere between the “other-worldliness” of Tilda Swinton and the “regal frostiness” of Nicole Kidman. With continuous offers from directors working on big budgets projects to indies, she “has never been a hotter commodity.” Her final career advice to her is to “seek out artistic roles that reveal new facets of your talents but choose your mainstream efforts with a sharper, more discerning eye.” Thompson on Hollywood.

ABC unveils their celebrity lineup for the 18th season of “Dancing With the Stars.” They are: Sean Avery (NHL player), Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House”), Drew Carey (“The Price is Right”), Meryl Davis (Olympic ice dancer), James Maslow (“Big Time Rush”), Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), NeNe Leakes (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Diana Nyad (swimmer), Amy Purdy (para-snowboarder), Cody Simpson (pop star), Charlie White (Olympic ice dancer), and Billy Dee Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back”). USA Today.

John Travolta finally comments about mangling the Idina Menzel intro on Sunday’s Oscars. Travolta says, “I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought…what would Idina Menzel say, She’d say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy “Frozen” took home two Oscars Sunday night.” Deadline.

In just a very short timeframe, online streaming company Netflix has now become a winner at the Oscars and Emmys. This weekend, the recenty aquired “The Lady in Number 6” won as Best Documentary Short at the Academy Awards. Last September, “House of Cards” won its first Emmy in the directing category. Web Pro News.

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