News Nuggets: Was Emma Thompson’s character too mean for an Oscar nod?

Susan Wloszczyna determines that Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks“) and Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis“) are not Oscar nominees this year because their characters were just too mean and unlikable. Both play roles that are not sympathetic and “downright horrible at times.” She says that most artistic-type characters nominated since 2000 had lives that took tragic turns: Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge”), and Natalie Portman (“The Black Swan”) as some of the examples. Indiewire.

What are the four Grammy Awards moments that you should not miss Sunday night? Power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z will perform “Drunk in Love” from her current self-titled album. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a showstopper version of “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and Trombone Shortly. Daft Punk take the stage with Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams for “Get Lucky.” Supergroup The Highwaymen will be reformed with country legends Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard joined by Blake Shelton. USA Today.

Scott Feinberg wonders if “Philomena” could be the film that benefits from a three-way Oscar race for Best Picture. If “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” and “12 Years a Slave” split enough votes, can campaign king Harvey Weinstein push the Judi Dench British movie into a shocking victory? It is the only Weinstein film this year with more than two nominations, so it will have the full force of his marketing team. Hollywood Reporter.

Steve Pond reports that Academy officials have determined the “20 Feet from Stardom” producers nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Making an exception to its rule that only two people can be nodded, Caitrin Rogers, the late Gil Friesen, and Morgan Neville would win the Oscar if the film claims the category. Other recent films to gain exceptions were “The Gatekeepers” (2012) and “Undefeated” (2011). The Wrap.

DGA President Paris Barclay announces many of the presenters for Saturday’s DGA Awards in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by Jane Lynch with presenters Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, Nick Cannon, Don Cheadle, Steve Coogan, Taylor Hackford, Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Keith Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Allison Liddi-Brown, Rob Reiner, and Kerry Washington. Deadline.

Is it good news or bad news for the upcoming film “Grace of Monaco“? The Weinstein Company has delayed the U.S. release from March 14 to an unknown date in the future. This follows the original delay from its November debut to qualify for the 2013 awards season. Starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, the movie has just been announced that it will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May. Huffington Post.

In a new “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday, Jay Leno says he was “blindsided” in 2009 when told that Conan O’Brien was taking over “The Tonight Show.” In his final days as host yet again, he says that incoming host Jimmy Fallon is “a young Johnny Carson” and that it makes “perfect sense” for him to assume control of the legendary program. He adds that he would have stayed longer, but “it’s not my decision.” Entertainment Weekly.

TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum announces six show business executives are joining an advisory committee to assist the organization. The appointees are: John Landgraf (FX), Michael Lombardo (HBO), Steve Mosko (Sony), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Jay Sures (UTA), and Nina Tassler (CBS). Variety.

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