News Nuggets: Will the presidential election affect the Oscar race?

Elisabeth Moss discusses her Emmy category switches: “It’s tough because my story was spread out over the whole season, as opposed to season four, where ‘The Suitcase’ was a pretty obvious choice. In season three, I felt like I was more in that supporting area. It’s impossible to analyze this year because there are so many performances with such different levels of time on their shows. I feel that Michelle Dockery of ‘Downton Abbey‘ and I are members of an ensemble, but we’re in the lead actress category. And you’ve got shows where the woman is the main character [Margulies, Glenn Close on ‘Damages,’ Kathy Bates on ‘Harry’s Law‘], so who knows?” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Brave” releases on Blu-ray in November. From the press release: “Disney•Pixar proudly announces the Blu-ray hi-def debut of ‘Brave,’ the year’s #1 animated movie and Pixar Animation Studio’s 13th consecutive hit, on November 13, 2012. A breathtaking adventure that has entertained audiences of all ages, the stunning Blu-ray release of ‘Brave’ includes hours of all-new bonus material, extraordinary behind the scenes features, extended and deleted scenes, a mysterious and exciting, new short film, ‘The Legend of Mor’du,’ and much more.”

Sasha Stone considers how an election year will affect the Oscar race: “Already, two films have had their release dates shifted to avoid being associated with the presidential election. ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the capture of Osama Bin Laden, and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln‘ … Oscar voters like George Clooney have come out with public support for Obama, while Clint Eastwood has endorsed Romney. But it’s possible that the election will have no impact at all on Oscar mentality and that voters will opt instead for fantasy or nostalgia, the flavor of the month. Either way, if you’re paying attention you must know that the election will frame the debate over much of what happens this year. It already has.” AWARDS DAILY

Daytime Emmys name a new senior executive director: “The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced that David Michaels, Actor, Producer and Founder of TV Cares has been appointed Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. ‘David’s experiences in all genres of daytime television make him the perfect candidate to head up our Daytime Emmy Awards operations,’ said Malachy Wienges, Chairman NATAS.” DEADLINE

Sony Pictures Classics will release “West of Memphis” documentary on Christmas: “Oscar-nominated Amy Berg (‘Deliver Us from Evil’) debuted her second documentary, ‘West of Memphis,’ at Sundance earlier this year to packed audiences and excellent first reviews. Sony Pictures Classics officially announced their acquisition of the Peter Jackson-produced project in February, and have now set the US release for the film for 25th December, which naturally puts it in perfect position for a run at the Oscars early next year … Sony Pictures Classics have a very promising few months ahead of them, with the US releases of James Ponsoldt’s ‘Smashed‘ on 12th October, Jacques Audiard’s ‘Rust & Bone‘ on 16th November, and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour‘ on 19th December, all three of which have been hotly tipped for the Academy Awards, with their release dates suggesting the studio will be very busy with awards campaigns later this year.” HEY U GUYS

Palm Springs International Film Festival moves up its 2013 awards gala: “The 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala will be a little earlier than usual, festival officials have announced, so it won’t have to compete for media attention with the Golden Globe Awards. The gala will be held Jan. 5 — two days earlier than this year — at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival will run Jan. 3-14 at venues throughout the city. Gala tickets and special events passes are now on sale at The Golden Globes is Jan. 13, just two days before the announcement of Academy Awards nominations.” DESERT SUN

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