News Nuggets: Will Oscar voters snub Meryl Streep for Amy Adams?

Christopher Rosen and Mike Hogan speculate that Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“) might be snubbed by Oscar voters in favor of Amy Adams (“American Hustle”). They say the four-time nominee had a great 2013 run with her other film work in “Man of Steel” and “Her“. Her recent success is compared to current “queen” Jennifer Lawrence, but “Adams might be better at the moment.” The duo believes Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“), Judi Dench (“Philomena”), and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks“) are locked into their slots, and Streep might be vulnerable with mediocre reviews for her film. Huffington Post.

Calling it “the biggest PBS phenomenon since ‘Sesame Street,'” the fourth season of “Downton Abbey is previewed before its premiere episode Sunday night. The previous season shocked audiences with the deaths of Sybil and Matthew, and the new season “promises to be nothing short of shocking, exciting, and traumatic.” It picks up six months after the death of Matthew and includes guest appearances by Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti. Entertainment Weekly.

Pete Hammond interviews Dame Judi Dench about her role in the new film “Philomena.” She is a past Oscar champ (“Shakespeare in Love,” 1998) among her six nominations and is favored for another bid this year. In the true-life Stephen Frears movie, she plays a woman who had to give up her child for adoption and starts looking for him 50 years later. Deadline.

Who are the rising stars to watch in 2014? A new photo gallery features Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Sarah Gadon (“Map to the Stars”), Julia Garner (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop”), Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), Alan Ritchson (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), and Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).  Xfinity.

Veteran character actor James Avery dies in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” tweeted, “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.” Avery had recent roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Harry’s Law,” and “The Closer.” TV Line.

Steve Pond reports that studios are being warned about using misleading terms in their Golden Globe ads. Hollywood Foreign Press head Theo Kingma tells them, “A nomination is not a win” and to not refer to nominees as winners in their advertising. While not specifically identifying culprits, both “August: Osage County” and “Philomena” used those words in recent TV spots. The Wrap.

William Keck previews the third season of “Veep,” which will debut on HBO this spring. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already won two Emmys for her role as the U.S. Vice President. In one upcoming episode, she refuses to attend the wedding of a show regular and chooses to go on a book tour instead. In another segment, she reunites with her staff about a Coast Guard vessel. TV Guide.

Cable network rankings for 2013 show another total victory for USA, but TBS has now surpassed it among young adults 18-49. One reason for the TBS surge is repeats of “The Big Bang Theory.” USA wins for the eighth straight year with strong efforts from originals “Burn Notice,” “Graceland,” “Royal Pains,” and “Suits.”  In overall viewers, History is in second place, followed by TNT, TBS, and ESPN. Variety.

8 thoughts on “News Nuggets: Will Oscar voters snub Meryl Streep for Amy Adams?

  1. It’s kind if annoying that Amy Adams would not be nominated in a favor for a field of an all oscar winners category. I think not only should Amy Adams be nominated but she should win after years of being nominated. Christian bale and Leonardo dicaprio should also be nominated

  2. Stranger things have happened. Amy Adams nominated for Best SUPPORTING Actress for American Hustle with her co-star Jennifer Lawrence. Because even though her studio is campaigning her for Lead, the Academy Acting Branch may nominate her again in Supporting category, it’s purely up to them.

  3. Meryl Streep should be snubbed every year for the rest of her film career,meaning let some new blood in the best actress category like Amy Adams.Meryl Streep should try Broadway and win a Tony instead.

  4. Really? Did you guys see how magnificent Meryl Streep is in August? This is a joke right?
    Nobody, not even Cate Blanchett or Mirren can do what Streep did in August.

  5. Adams is great, but Im still holding onto a fools hope Greta Gerwig or Brie Larson can take that 5th actress slot. Ive read lots of peoples complaints about a lack of great female leads this year. But if voters would look beyond the names they already know, the category would be much more competitive.

  6. I’m glad they finally put something out about not calling films “winners” of a Golden Globe nomination. When I saw a commercial for August with that, I started laughing out loud.

  7. I do believe that the academy will shock us all and take Adams down to supporting. She even has a chance of winning if they do. If she’d campaigned as supporting in the first place she would have been the frontrunner right now 🙂

  8. The fact that Streep has already nabbed a SAG nomination pretty much seals the deal for yet another Best Actress nomination (in my opinion, deservedly so). Streep just nabbed another critics award, Adams has none. I think the above writers are trying to shake up what appears to be a pretty solid/set 5 in the BEST ACTRESS category. I ain’t buying it, and neither will the actors branch of the academy.

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