The Tony Awards set their calendar of upcoming events: "The American Theatre Wing’s 66th Annual Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will air on CBS on Sunday, June 10th from 8:00 – 11:00 PM (ET/PT time delay)." Nominations will be announced May 1, followed by a "Meet the Nominees" press reception on May 2. Tony Nominees' Luncheon is set for May 31.
Oscar collection sells at auction for $3 million: "All 15 Academy Awards auctioned today by Nate D. Sanders sold for a record-breaking total of $3,060,089, which includes the buyer’s premium. The most expensive Oscar statuette was Herman Mankiewicz’s 1941 Best Screenplay Academy Award for 'Citizen Kane,' which sold for $588,455. Christie’s sold the Academy Award in 1999 for $244,500. In December 2011, Nate D. Sanders sold Orson Welles’ 'Citizen Kane' Academy Award for $861,542."
Will Grammy-winner Norah Jones's collaboration with Danger Mouse spell success? "Co-written and produced by Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse), Jones' upcoming album 'Little Broken Hearts' could be the artistic left turn she needed ... The first single, 'Happy Pills,' came online Tuesday, and Burton's fingerprints aren't hard to see. Backed by a clockwork guitar pulse and heavy-footed drums that could be a half-speed outtake from the 'Broken Bells' sessions, Jones sings with a mix of sass and yearning about getting over the wrong man with a classic R&B refrain of 'Please just let me go now.'" LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Oscars should draw more attention to their foreign and documentary nominees: "... there should be more attention given to two categories that get a short shrift on the telecast, yet for which Oscar nominations are vital – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary. It would even be a good idea for the Academy to launch a second telecast, on cable, devoted just to introducing these nominees to the public ... Yet, because they rarely if ever have the studio marketing/distribution clout to get into wide national release, they struggle in the marketplace." CITY BEAT
Can "Community" actor's Oscar win help "Community"? "If you're a fan of NBC's cult comedy 'Community,' then last night was a big night for you, not just because it was the 84th Annual Academy Awards, but because 'Community's' own eccentric dean (played by Jim Rash) accept an Oscar for screenwriting (while paying tribute to Angelina Jolie's leg in the process) ... The ratings-challenged 'Community' returns to NBC on Thursday, March 15th, and I've taken the liberty of suggesting some ways in which NBC and 'Community' could use Jim Rash's Oscar win to promote the show and hopefully lure some new viewers." HUFFINGTON POST
Weinstein owned Radius-TWC company many acquire Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives": "I’m hearing that the negotiation is in the range of a $2.5 million minimum guarantee. It is the second recent deal that [Radius heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego] made that involved Refn, after Radius acquired a remake of 'Pusher,' the first film that Refn directed. 'Only God Forgives' was a surprise entry in the marketplace. It was all but acquired last summer by Drive distributor FilmDistrict, but the deal never closed. The distributor didn’t see eye to eye with the filmmakers, and it once again became available." DEADLINE
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.