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Will Little Big Town or Miranda Lambert win Record of the Year at ACM Awards?

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Apr 02 2013 10:45 am
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Only two of this year's five nominees for Record of the Year at the ACM Awards have even contended for this prize before. 

One of these -- Miranda Lambert -- is a strong possibility to prevail with her fifth nomination for "Over You."  She won this race in 2010 for "The House That Built Me." She is also nominated for Song of the Year for co-writing this new track with her husband Blake Shelton. With the backing of two of our editors and 25% of users she has odds of 13 to 5 to pick up a bookend at this Sunday's kudos. 

The other returning nominee is the Eli Young Band who are back for the second year running with "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." Last year, the group won Song of the Year for "Crazy Girl." However, they are less likely to take home this prize and have longshot odds of 10 to 1. 

The frontrunners are first-time nominees Little Big Town for their smash hit "Pontoon." With the support of three editors and 55% ouf users they have leading odds of 23 to 10

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Eric Church had a big hit with "Springsteen," which already reaped him nods from both the Country Music Assn. and Grammy Awards. While he contends for a leading seven races at this year's ACMs, he is unlikely to win this award, with just over 10% of users predicting him to prevail for odds of 4 to 1. 

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You could own 1947 Tony Award won by EGOT champ Helen Hayes

By Paul Sheehan
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Apr 01 2013 14:12 pm
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Helen Hayes was the second person after Richard Rodgers to complete the EGOT, winning all four top showbiz awards. 

Fittingly, the "First Lady of the American Theater" won the first of her two Tony Awards for Best Actress at the inaugural ceremony of these kudos in 1947. She picked up the prize for her performance in Anita Loos' "Happy Birthday" tying with Ingrid Bergman ("Joan of Lorraine").

For the first two years of these awards -- which were a tribute to Antoinette Perry, the founder of the American Theater Wing who died in 1946 -- winners were given a scroll with the men also getting a money clip and cigarette lighter and the women a compact. 

And that is what Nate D. Sanders Auction house has on the block Tuesday -- a Tiffany sterling silver compact with the initials "HH" engraved on it while inside is the inscription: "THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING / Presents / Your 'Tony' / An / Antoinette Perry Award / 1946-47."

Hayes won another Tony in 1958 for "Time Remembered" as well as an honorary one in 1980 -- both those are the traditional medallion that spins. Neither of those is for sale. 

Hayes took home the first of her two Oscars (Best Actress, "The Sin of Madelon Claudet") in 1932,  an Emmy in 1953 for a role in an installment of "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" and a Grammy in 1976 for Best Spoken Word Recording ("Great American Documents").

She won a second Oscar in 1970 for her supporting performance in "Airport." While her estate is precluded from selling that one, it could part with the first Oscar as it predates the 1950 rule that gives the academy the right of first refusal.

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Marlon Brando's 'On the Waterfront' Golden Globe sells for $68,500

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Apr 01 2013 13:39 pm
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Marlon Brando Golden Globes On the Waterfront auction movies news Marlon Brando didn't show up to collect his second Golden Globe in 1972 for "The Godfather," which should have signaled his upcoming rejection of the Oscar. 

After all, back in 1954, he was there to pick up his prize from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. when he won for "On the Waterfront."

The HFPA, which only nominated three performers in each category back then, had snubbed Brando for his Oscar-nominated turns in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and  "Julius Caesar" (1953).

He lost those Oscar races to Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"), Gary Cooper ("High Noon") and William Holden ("Stalag 17") respectively.

Determined to finally prevail, Brando changed his ways, becoming the prince of politeness with the press.  As the LA Times reported on his Globes appearance, “Unusual was the fact that Brando appeared to accept his award." The Mirror-News added, “Brando showed up a the banquet wearing impeccably tailored dinner clothes and a charming smile. In fact, he was so downright human that one old hand cracked, ‘What happened to all his false reserve?’”

Brando also won the World Film Favorite award, which was decided by a poll of film fans in 40 nations. 

Both of those awards were sold Sunday by Heritage Auctions. His Golden Globe netted $68,500 while the popularity prize got $32,500. 

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News Nuggets: Sutton Foster, Jesse Tyler Ferguson will announce Tony nominees

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Apr 01 2013 10:46 am
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sutton foster jesse tyler ferguson tony awards nominationsnuggetsEmmy-nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson and multiple Tony-winner Sutton Foster will announce the Tony nominations on April 30.

nuggetsPublicist Peggy Siegal gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Oscar weekend. Huffington Post

nuggetsSebastian Junger, who directed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" with the late Tim Hetherington, directs the tribute film, "Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington," which explores the dangers of battlefield journalism. It premieres on HBO on Thursday, April 18, at 8pm ET/PT.

nuggetsAnthony Geary, Jane Elliot, and Kin Shriner discuss their years of work on "General Hospital," and Elliot explains the drama around her 1981 Daytime Emmy win. TV Guide

nuggetsWGA report reveals that TV writing staffs are still dominated by white men.

nuggetsTBS renews "Conan" through November 2015.

nuggetsJudges announced for this fall's National Book Awards. Associated Press

nuggetsDon Payne, Emmy-winning writer and producer of "The Simpsons," has died of bone cancer at age 48. Los Angeles Times

 

Will 'The Counselor' win Oscars for overdue Brad Pitt and Ridley Scott?

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Apr 01 2013 10:35 am
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As previously noted, it's too early to tell what will sink or swim in 2013's awards derby. Not every film with seemingly ideal Oscar ingredients takes off – for every "Lincoln," there's a "J. Edgar" – and it has yet to be seen which of this year's upcoming films will fulfill two of the most important factors in any Oscar race: will people like it, and will it make money (not always in that order)?

But some films, on paper, look more promising than others.

Take, for instance, "The Counselor":

The Plot: A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

The Pedigree: Director Ridley Scott already has a Best Picture-winner under his belt ("Gladiator"), and three nominations for directing ("Gladiator," as well as "Thelma & Louise" and "Black Hawk Down").

The cast includes Michael Fassbender in the title role, as well as Oscar champs (and married couple) Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men," 2007) and Penelope Cruz, ("Vicky Christina Barcelona," 2008) and three-time Oscar nominee Brad Pitt.

The screenplay is by Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose "No Country for Old Men" was adapted into a Best Picture-winner by the Coen Brothers in 2007.

The Potential: Never underestimate a director who is "due." Despite an extensive career that includes iconic titles like "Alien" and "Blade Runner," along with 2000 Best Picture champ "Gladiator," Scott has never won an Oscar. Much the way Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese capitalized on previous slights when they won for "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Departed," respectively, Scott could be considered ripe for Hollywood's top honor if his film is a hit. And though this is McCarthy's first feature screenplay, the participation of the famed author lends the film greater artistic cachet.

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Will Jessica Lange scare up another Emmy for 'American Horror Story'?

By Marcus James Dixon
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Apr 01 2013 07:37 am
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In a somewhat controversial decision, this year the television academy has combined the lead and supporting categories for the Movie/Miniseries races, meaning there will only be one male winner and one female winner for longform television.

Based on early Gold Derby polling, Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Asylum") is the  frontrunner to win a trophy in the all new combined category of Movie/Miniseries Actress. This will be Emmy #3 for Lange, who prevailed last year in the Movie/Mini Supporting Actress race for the first incarnation of "American Horror Story" and also in 2009 as Movie/Mini Lead Actress for the HBO biopic "Grey Gardens."

Currently nipping at Lange's heels in the number two position is Helen Mirren, who stars alongside Al Pacino in HBO's "Phil Spector." With an Oscar ("The Queen" in 2006) and a record four Emmys in the Movie/Mini lead race ("Prime Suspect" 4 in 1996; "Passion of Ayn Rand" in 1999; "Elizabeth I" in 2006; " Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act" in 2007) already on her mantel, Mirren's awards pedigree is helping to push her to the front of the pack.

In third place is Sigourney Weaver for the cancelled series-turned-miniseries "Political Animals." She's a shoo-in for a nomination after receiving nods in this same category at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. This would be Weaver's third Emmy nomination, though she has yet to win.

Coming in fourth is Holly Hunter for Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake." Hunter is an Oscar winner for "The Piano" (1993) and a two-time Emmy winner in the Movie/Mini Lead Actress category for "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) and "Roe vs. Wade" (1989).

Gold Derby currently has Emmy magnet Alfre Woodard ("Steel Magnolias") in fifth place. She's a TV academy favorite, winning four Emmys from sixteen nominations. The fact that she's even eligible here should guarantee her one of the six slots.

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News Nuggets: Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron among MTV Movie Awards presenters

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Mar 29 2013 13:08 pm
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nuggetsFirst batch of MTV Movie Awards presenters includes Melissa McCarthyZac Efron, and Steve CarellHollywood Reporter

nuggetsMiranda Lambert talks about going head-to-head against her husband, Blake Shelton, for Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. E! Online

nuggets"The Killing" returns to AMC on Sunday, June 2, at 8pm with a two-hour season premiere. Peter Sarsgaard and Elias Koteas join the cast.

nuggetsHollywood Film Awards set their gala for October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In the last 10 years, 34 Oscars have been awarded to honorees at the Hollywood Film Awards.

nuggetsTony-winning stage, TV, and film actor Richard Griffiths dies at age 65. Reuters

nuggetsIranian group wants to "honor" Michelle Obama for proving the Oscars are policially motivated. Radio Free Europe

nuggetsMatt Roush on a busy Easter weekend for sci-fi and fantasy TV. "Doctor Who" returns Saturday, while "Game of Thrones" premiere and "The Walking Dead" finale go head-to-head on Sunday. TV Guide

 

Will 'General Hospital' extend Daytime Emmys record with 12th Drama Series win?

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Mar 29 2013 09:06 am
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Last year, "General Hospital" won Best Drama Series for the 11th time, more than any other series in the history of the Daytime Emmys.

This year, it looks likely to make it an even dozen. With the backing of three editors and 80% of users, the ABC staple, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has leading odds of 5 to 4

 "The Young and the Restless" has won the award seven times, making it the second most honored drama at the Daytime Emmys. With the backing of 10% of users, this CBS hit has odds of 14 to 5. 

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Last year, voters snubbed "The Bold and the Beautiful" despite it having won Best Drama three years in a row from 2009 to 2011. However, it is poised to make a comeback and with two editors and predicting it to prevail, this CBS show has odds of 10 to 3. 

Last year, "Days of Our Lives," which won this award just once, back in 1978, surprised with a bid. This year, only 5% of users expect it to win, giving this lone NBC soap odds of 20 to 1. 

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Will Carrie Underwood stop Taylor Swift from winning Album of the Year at ACMs?

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To win her second Album of the Year prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards, "Red" songstress Taylor Swift will have to beat back a challenge from her rival Carrie Underwood who contends with "Blown Away."

Swift, who won this award in 2008 for "Fearless," is the current frontrunner. With the support of all of our editors and 60% of users, she has leading odds of 17 to 10 to finally win a bookend with her fourth bid.  

Underwood, who claimed this prize back in 2006 for her debut disc "Some Hearts," also contends for the fourth time. Backed by 25% of users, she has odds of 3 to 1. 

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"Chief" reaped the first bid in this category for Eric Church, who won Best New Solo Vocalist in 2010. With the 10% of users predicting him to prevail, he has odds of 5 to 1. 

Little Big Town, which won Best New Group back in 2006, picked up their first album nod for "Tornado." They have odds of 15 to 2.

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