News Nuggets: Is this the ugliest Oscar season ever?

Mark Harris laments the ugliness of this year’s Oscar season. He says that “more than in any recent year, a kind of sourness has settled over the Academy Awards.” With long-ago allegations surfacing against Woody Allen, the “endorsing” of the vulgar film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” claims of inaccurate facts against “Dallas Buyers Club,” and the lighthearted nature of the tragic events in “American Hustle,” it has gotten out of hand. The long stretch between the September film festivals and February voting has Academy members saying, “Let’s get this thing over with.” Grantland.

Pete Hammond reports on Monday’s nominee luncheon, the “feel good event of a very long Oscar season.” He calls it a “must attend” for over 200 nominees, who receive their certificates, a goodie bag, and the chance to meet and greet everyone else in a “collegial atmosphere.” Nominees from various categories are seated at each table, providing a variety of talent. At his table were Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“), production designer Adam Stockhausen (“12 Years a Slave“), producer Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen“), and editor Christopher Rouse (“Captain Phillips“). Deadline.

Steve Pond also breaks news in his report of the Oscar nominee luncheon. The person everyone seemingly wanted to meet was rocker Bono from U2. Although not officially announced yet by the Academy, the band will perform “Ordinary Love,” a song nominee and Golden Globe winner from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” on this year’s March 2 ceremony. It will be the only place they sing the tune, which will not be released as a single out of respect for the late Nelson Mandela. The Wrap.

The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by Anthony Anderson on TV One Saturday, February 22. Presenters announced include Nicole Beharie, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Louis Gossett, Jr., Arsenio Hall, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Lupita Nyong’o, Archie Panjabi, Tyler Perry, Rickey Smiley, Octavia Spencer, and Gabrielle Union. Broadway World.

Diahann Carroll departs the upcoming Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson will replace her as the family matriarch Lena Younger. In a statement, Carroll cites the “extensive amount of time preparing and appearing live.” The limited 14-week engagement officially opens on April 3 and will star Denzel Washington and Anika Noni Rose. Playbill.

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen will be the band leader for “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He joins the “SNL” anchor when the new NBC show debuts on February 24. A Tweet from Meyers says, “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting ‘Portlandia.'” TV Line.

NBC announces the guests for Jimmy Fallon‘s first week as host of “The Tonight Show.” On Monday, February 17, he will welcome Will Smith and U2. Tuesday will be Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig, and Lady Gaga. Wednesday is Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw. Watch Thursday for Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, and Arcade Fire. On Friday, look for long-time friend Justin Timberlake. TV Guide.

Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater will celebrate the longtime collaboration of director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. They will host a five-film retrospective February 13 and 14. Prior to the screening of “The Wolf of Wall Street” on Thursday, DiCaprio, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and writer Terence Winter will be on stage for a Q&A session. Other films in the series are “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” and “Gangs of New York.” Bow Tie.

7 thoughts on “News Nuggets: Is this the ugliest Oscar season ever?

  1. How can you call Woody Allen a child molester? You have no evidence to prove your claim. The previous investigation into the matter revealed nothing. I’m no Woody Allen fanatic, but the facts so far prove no impropriety–I don’t care *what* you think of his relationship with what’s-her-name.

  2. Though U2 hasn’t been officially confirmed as an Oscar performer, they *DID* confirm Pharrell Williams last week *AND* Idina Menzel today; that leaves only Karen O missing from among the Best Original Song performers. (Given my Christian-music roots, it’s kinda sad Bruce Broughton’s shenanigans kept Joni Eareckson Tada from joining them…)

  3. I should add there were some questions about Idina being able to go to the Oscars because her new musical, “If/Then” (her first Broadway appearance since “Wicked”), opens in previews just 3 days after the Oscars. Still, the producers needed Idina, *NOT* Demi Lovato, to sing “Let It Go”. (Who in Burbank was stupid enough to demand a pop version of “Let It Go”? Perhaps someone who never heard of Idina?)

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