Directors Guild announces nominees for documentary film: Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry") join Oscar nominees Malik Bendjelloul ("Searching for Sugar Man"), Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War"), and David France ("How to Survive a Plague").
Academy member David Clennon urges Oscar voters to boycott "Zero Dark Thirty": "In response, Sony president Amy Pascal said she was 'outraged' that an Academy member would try to influence the voting process. '"Zero Dark Thirty" does not advocate torture,' she said on Friday. 'To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in Ampas as a platform to advance their own political agenda.'" THE GUARDIAN
The Brit Awards are in February, and Sarah Tetteh makes the case for why the UK's top music prize is better than America's Grammys. HUFFINGTON POST
Seth MacFarlane praises Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but explains that he expects to be criticized as Oscar host: "'Please give Tina and Amy high marks because they did great,' MacFarlane said. Does the duo’s strong showing increase the pressure on him? MacFarlane seemed unfazed. 'It doesn’t matter how I do, Oscar hosts always get thrashed,' he deadpanned." DEADLINE
Golden Globes ratings reach a six-year high. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES