News Nuggets: No Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction this year

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 17 2012 12:28 pm
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Carlos Santana doesn't let his Grammys inside his house: "I look around here in my office with the Grammys and other trophies. I'm grateful -- but grateful they're not at my house. There is nothing at my house related to my career. That's a must, that I see nothing to remind me of the personality that I am. That hurt Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye. You have know when to get off the stage. I like being a person and not always a persona. Feeding a persona is exhausting and you end up smelling funny [laughs]." SPINNER

The Pulitzer Prizes do not choose a fiction winner for the first time in 35 years: "The jurors chose three finalists — 'Train Dreams' by Denis Johnson, 'Swamplandia!' by Karen Russell, and 'The Pale King' by David Foster Wallace — and it was up to the Pulitzer Board to make the final decision. To be fair to the Board, the jurors may have made the decision more difficult than it should have been. Johnson’s 'Train Dreams' is a novella that was re-issued from 2002, and the board may have felt as though it was something they’d seen before. The posthumously published, incomplete 'The Pale King' wasn’t the late Wallace’s best work. But why not give the award to Russell? 'Swamplandia!' isn’t the typical Pulitzer winner, but it’s an intelligent, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining read." EW.COM

The juries are announced for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival: "Thirty-nine celebrities -- of various levels of fame and awards kudos -- make up the six juries, with producer Irwin Winkler ('Goodfellas') serving a jury president. Among those selected by Tribeca this year: Patricia Clarkson, Hugh Dancy, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Michael Moore and Olivia Wilde. Also on the list: Brett Ratner. The controversial big-budget director will serve on the Documentary and Student Short Film Competition jury along with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, among others." HUFFINGTON POST

As previously indicated in our prediction center, January Jones drops down to the supporting Emmy race for 'Mad Men': "Previously submitted as lead actress in a drama, Jones scored her first and only Emmy nomination in 2010, but she lost that year to 'The Closer’s' Kyra Sedgwick. Edged out in 2011 for a nomination by newcomer Mireille Enos from 'The Killing,' 'Harry's Law' star Kathy Bates, 'Friday Night Lights’' Connie Britton, Jones’ 'Mad Men' co-star Elisabeth Moss and ultimate winner Julianna Margulies of 'The Good Wife,' Jones has submitted herself as a contender this year for supporting actress in a drama." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Ed Helms also switches Emmy categories: "Now that Ed Helms has an entire season of filling the manager shoes of departed 'The Office' star Steve Carell under his belt, he’ll occupy the six-time nominated actor’s Emmy ballot slot for consideration by the Television Academy. Helms is submitting himself for consideration in the category of outstanding lead actor in a comedy, his rep has confirmed. Helms previously submitted as a supporting player for the past six seasons." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

TV success is a tri-cornered hat: "Those are probably the most visible ways a show can be successful. It can be a critics darling and universally loved on blogs and trade magazines, it can be a ratings success and make the network millions, or it can be an awards success, winning every Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award there is. The worst part is that shows are rarely, if ever, achieve all three. Even the most successful shows demonstrate only two, but most only ever manage one." THE FLAT HAT

 
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