Hip-hop is a leader in the music industry, but not at the Grammy Awards: "... at the Grammy Awards, rap has had a long-lasting losing streak in the top categories. The hip-hop sound -- first recognized at the 1989 Grammys -- has garnered numerous prestigious nominations over the years, and for 10 of the last 14 years, rap acts have either led or tied for most Grammy nominations. But rarely will a hip-hop act win one of the show's top four honors -- album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. Instead, rap acts tend to win rap awards." ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Academy of Country Music will hold its first ever digital press conference to announce its nominees on January 26: "The first-ever ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and dick clark productions via ACM social media channels, to announce the nominees for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music's Party of the Year to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network."
Academy has a tough time distinguishing digital effects from makeup effects: "'As computer images are getting better and better, it's very difficult for us to tell' what is makeup and what is a computer effect, says special makeup effects designer Matthew W. Mungle, who used makeup and prosthetics to help make Glenn Close look like a woman who could pass for a man in this year's 'Albert Nobbs.' Members of the academy's makeup and hairstyling branch spent part of Saturday at a meeting narrowing the list from seven finalists to the three nominees, who will be announced with the rest of the Oscar nominations Tuesday morning. Part of the work is making sure the makeup and prosthetics were applied by hand and not via computer." LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" wins at the Sundance Film Festival: "'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' the narrative film that has stirred up the most attention at Sundance to date, was awarded the $10,000 Sundance Institute Indian Paintbrush Producer's Award at a luncheon on Sunday. Producer Josh Penn and Dan Janvey accepted the award for 'Beasts,' a raucous drama set in an isolated Southern Louisiana community. Since its premiere on Friday, the film has been one of the most talked-about narrative features at the festival, with a number of exhibitors circling the film but admitting that it could be a tough sell in the marketplace." THE WRAP
Daytime Emmy winner Hillary B. Smith moves on to "The Bold and the Beautiful" after "One Life to Live" cancellation: "'I could have gone on that show as a janitor and I would have been happy,' she gushed. Fortunately, Smith – best known for her lengthy run as Nora Buchanan on the late 'One Life to Live' — joins the CBS soap on March 8 as the far more integral Dr. Stacy Burton, who though not a custodian will still have some messes to clean up — seeing as she is a psychiatrist specializing in sex therapy. Here, the daytime TV vet gives us a glimpse into her 'Bold' new venture and reveals what she really thought of 'OLTL‘s' swan song." TV LINE
Roger Ebert predicts the Oscar nominations: "To general confoundment and widespread delight, a black and white silent movie is likely to steal the headlines. Look for 'The Artist' to be nominated for best picture, best actor (Jean Dujardin), best supporting actress (Berenice Bejo), best director and original screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius), and in various technical categories. How many Oscars it will win is anybody’s guess. But in a year with no single stand-alone favorite, it’s not unthinkable that it could lead the derby." HERALD-NEWS