News Nuggets: Tony Awards queen Audra McDonald going for ‘Lady Day’ Emmy win next?

The all-time leader in Tony Awards acting wins is aiming for an Emmy next. Audra McDonald is filming her performance as the legendary Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” later this month for HBO. She won the Tony last May for this role, which centers on one of Holiday’s final shows four months before her death in 1959. McDonald  has now prevailed at the Tonys six times, also becoming the only person to win in four different acting categories (lead musical, featured musical, lead play, featured play). HBO has not yet announced when the program will air on the premium network. Playbill

Two-time Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham “won the red carpet this year (by losing it)” according to a new essay by Jason Sheeler. He says that most red carpets at awards shows have turned into a “shameless interstate billboard,” but then the “Girls” star arrived at the Emmys last August. Many critics lambasted her frosted, layered cake look, but he loves her “rebellious, genius, gorgeous, hideous” fashion choices. What will Dunham wear next with two more nods at the next Golden Globes? Entertainment Weekly

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The year’s top film in theaters continues its success with DVD sales. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has already earned $332.5 million at the box office and is now in the top spot for sales for its debut week. In the second spot is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” followed by the continued long run of “Frozen.” Variety

The series finale of “White Collar” airs this Thursday on USA, and star Tim DeKay teases a “shocking moment” on the episode. It promises to be the biggest undercover act in the life of his character Peter Burke and the biggest con job ever for Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). He says, “The importance of having Peter be with Neal in the last big heist… ties into the last few moments of the series finale.” TV Guide

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Shonda Rhimes will receive a life achievement award from the Writers Guild of America. The producer/writer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder” will accept the Paddy Chayevsky television honor at the WGA Awards on February 14. Previous recipients have included Steven Bochco, David Chase, Larry David, Diane English, and Garry Marshall. The Wrap

The National Film Registry is adding 25 more films to the Library of Congress, which recognizes the pictures as “cultural, historical or aesthetic cinematic treasures.” Some of the new titles are “The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “House of Wax,” “Little Big Man,” “Rio Bravo,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” L.A. Times

Actors Patton Oswalt and Michael Urie will host the 30th annual Artios Awards on January 20 in Beverly Hills and New York. The event is the showcase for the Casting Society of America, honoring the best in casting for film, television, theater, and new media. Honorary awards already announced are for Richard Linklater (Career Achievement Award), Rob Marshall (New York Apple Award), and Ellen Lewis (Hoyt Bowers Award). Broadcasting and Cable

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