News Nuggets: Have the Kennedy Center Honors unfairly snubbed Latinos?

Have the Kennedy Center Honors been unfair to Latino artists? “Two national Latino organizations say that the Kennedy Center Honors awards exclude Latinos, and they have begun a public campaign to reform the program, which celebrates lifetime achievement in the performing arts and culminates in an annual telecast of ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Felix Sanchez, who chairs the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, said Friday that George Stevens Jr., the veteran writer-director-producer and arts advocate who produces the Kennedy Center Honors telecasts, ‘has a vision for these awards that is no longer relevant’ and should be replaced. The fact that only two Latinos have been honored in 35 years speaks for itself, Sanchez said.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Could two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks be nominated again for playing Walt Disney? “I’ve been hearing more and more about John Lee Hancock‘s forthcoming ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ ever since Tom Hanks was signed on to play Walt Disney in the film and, therefore, the screenplay review community gobbled it up and dissected it and word got out that it had a heck of a lot of potential. Apparently it’s pretty damn good, and it presents a grand opportunity for Hanks, a five-time Oscar nominee who hasn’t been recognized by the Academy since 2000’s ‘Cast Away.'” IN CONTENTION

Emmy ratings improve in total viewers, but are down in the key demo: “The early numbers have the broadcast of the 64th Annual Primetime Emmys bringing in 13.2 million total viewers, up six percent from last year’s ceremony — hosted by Jane Lynch — which attracted 12.44 million viewers. But the 2012 Emmys didn’t bode as well in the key demographic of adults 18-49. [Jimmy Kimmel‘s] Emmy broadcast scored a 3.8, while last year’s Emmys boasted a 4.2 demo rating on Fox … Just like last year, the 2012 Emmys were bested by NBC’s Sunday Night Football game. The Baltimore Ravens’ come-from-behind victory against the New England Patriots boasted 19.8 million viewers and scored an 8.1 in the key demographic.” HUFFINGTON POST

Indian director thinks his film should have been his country’s Oscar entry for Foreign Language Film: “Shoojit Sircar is happy that ‘Barfi!’ has been selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars this year, but at the same time he is upset with the producers of ‘Vicky Donor’ for not sending it for the jury’s consideration. ‘I’m really happy for Ranbir Kapoor, Anurag Basu and the whole team of “Barfi!” on the film’s selection as India’s entry to the Oscars. Congratulations!,’ said Sircar in a statement. ‘However, as far as my film “Vicky Donor” is concerned, I’m very disheartened, disappointed and angry that one of this year’s most original high concept story was not even considered by the producers of the film to be sent for the jury’s consideration,’ added the director.” IBN LIVE

Once” comes to London’s West End: “‘Once: The Musical,’ the surprise champion at last year’s US Tony awards, will be produced in London’s West End next year. According to the Daily Mail, the hit Broadway musical, which is based on the Oscar-winning indie film of the same name, will take up residence at the Phoenix Theatre from March, following the end of ‘Blood Brothers” 21-year run at the theatre … Full details of the West End run – including booking dates, cast and creative team – have not been announced, suggesting that West End audiences will see a fresh-minted production.” THE GUARDIAN

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