News Nuggets: Will this year's Emmys show greater diversity?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Aug 17 2012 12:59 pm
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The Emmys infrequently honor black actors: "One of the dirty little secrets that haunts the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is its woeful (some might even say shameful) track record in honoring African-American actors and actresses with Emmy Awards. Consider that were Giancarlo Esposito of AMC’s 'Breaking Bad' to win this year for supporting actor in a drama series, or the mixed-race Maya Rudolph to take the comedy guest actress prize for NBC’s 'Saturday Night Live,' they would become the first black performers to win in their respective categories ever. Similarly, if Don Cheadle triumphs in the lead actor in a comedy race for his work in the Showtime half-hour 'House of Lies,' he’d become only the second African-American in history to win in that category." DEADLINE

Why have the broadcast networks struggled in recent years to earn Emmy nominations? "For the first time in Emmy history, no drama series nominee came from the big four broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC ... The development reignited fears that broadcast dramas are at a growing disadvantage each year come Emmy time, thanks in part to their need to cultivate a sizable audience but perhaps even more so to longer episode orders that make creative excellence harder to come by. While saying he 'absolutely' thinks it's possible for broadcast dramas to return to Emmy glory, exec producer Damon Lindelof of 'Lost' -- ABC's last Emmy-nominated drama -- calls the challenge much more intense than it is for cablers." VARIETY

Director Susanne Bier is in the hunt for a second Oscar: "Susanne Bier, whose last film 'In a Better World' won the 2010 foreign-language film Academy Award, is in the running for the Oscars again. Her romantic comedy 'Love Is All You Need,' is one of three films shortlisted in the contest to be Denmark's candidate at next year's kudos. Bier's 'After the Wedding' was also Oscar nommed in 2006. 'Love Is All You Need,' which stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, world preems at the Venice Film Festival, and also plays at Toronto. Bier wrote the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen, who co-penned 'In a Better World.'" VARIETY

The Toronto Film Festival adds to its slate: "Walter Salles’s 'On the Road' and Lee Daniels’s 'The Paperboy,' which played at Cannes, will additionally play at Toronto; like Susanne Bier’s 'Den skaldede frisør' ('Love Is All You Need'), Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary 'Bad 25,' Brian De Palma’s 'Passion,' and Harmony Korine’s 'Spring Breakers,' all set to play at Venice, have also been added to the TIFF lineup. Also new on the roster is the family drama 'What Maisie Knew,' the family drama starring newcomer Onata Aprile, Julianne Moore, and Alexander Skarsgard, and Peter Webber’s war drama 'Emperor'. The musical dramedy 'Song for Marion,' starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, and Gemma Arterton, will close TIFF. The fest announces its Discovery, Masters, Mavericks, Nextwave, and Visions slates next week." SCREEN INVASION

MTV Tr3s announces its VMA nominees for Best Latino Artist: "The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards prepares to blast off on September 6th at 8pm live at the Staples Center, and MTV Tr3s isn’t leaving the building without awarding the VMA for “Best Latino Artist.” The nominees have officially been announced ... and include: Jennifer Lopez, Juanes, Pitbull, Wisin y Yandel, and Romeo Santos. 'Words can’t describe how excited I am to be nominated as one of Tr3s’ Best Latino Artists,' said the former Aventura lead singer. Romeo is without a doubt one of the top contenders in this category." LATINA

Green Day will perform at the VMAs: "The band - made up of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool - will give the first televised performance of 'Oh Love', from their new album trilogy, '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!', '¡Tres!', at Los Angeles' Staples Center on September 7. Billie Joe Armstrong said: 'We're excited to perform on this year's MTV Video Music Awards. MTV has continuously supported us during our career, and we can't think of a better place to play our first TV performance for the albums.' The band have previously said they don't know if releasing three new albums between September and January is a good idea or not." CONTACT MUSIC

 
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