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.

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