News Nuggets: Emmys merge longform acting categories, prompting criticism

TV Academy will merge its longform acting categories in 2013. From the press release: “The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors has voted to approve a recommendation by the Performers Peer Group and the Primetime Awards Committee to consolidate the longform performers categories beginning with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards.  This will combine both lead and supporting performers into a single category for longform programming. The consolidated categories (now titled Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie) will include six nominees each. (Longform performing categories previously had five nominees.) Adding a sixth nominee will provide consistency with the number of nominees in the other performer categories.”

Lifetime executive VP Rob Sharenow criticizes the TV Academy for merging movie/miniseries acting races. Press release: “We are disappointed the Academy has followed suit with its decision last year to merge the movie and miniseries categories by now combining the lead and supporting actress and actor categories.  Movies and miniseries represent some of television’s finest programming and it is our firm belief the industry should honor each category separately.  The Academy recognizes lead and supporting actresses and actors in other genres — as it should.  However, the continued consolidation of the movies and miniseries categories will unnecessarily deny award-worthy films and performances from receiving their proper recognition.”

Presenters announced for the Tony Awards. Press release: “Hosted by Emmy Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, the evening will feature appearances by: Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Tyler Perry, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, Sheryl Crow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone among others. The Antoinette Perry ‘Tony’ Awards honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.  This year marks the 66th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom.”

The Motion Picture Academy selects architects for its movie museum: “Award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali will design the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced today. ‘Renzo’s track record of creating iconic cultural landmarks combined with Zoltan’s success in transforming historically-significant buildings is a perfect marriage for a museum that celebrates the history and the future of the movies,’ said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.” DEADLINE

Justin Bieber is backing “Bridesmaids” at the MTV Movie Awards: “Justin Bieber’s fondness for the MTV Movie Awards dates back to a time way before his 2011 nomination for Best Jaw-Dropping Moment. ‘My first memory?’ he pondered to MTV News. ‘I remember just watching it from a young age and always laughing and having a great time.’ While he didn’t nab any noms this year, he is hoping that ‘Bridesmaids’ walks home with a Golden Popcorn trophy when the 2012 MTV Movie Awards go live this Sunday. ‘I liked “Bridesmaids.” I need to see “Hunger Games” again. I need to see it because I went there the first night it came out and I feel asleep because it was like super-late. But I need to see it again,’ he explained, before breaking down why he loved the raunchy female comedy so much.” MTV

Composer John Kander honored by Dramatists Guild Fund: “When the Dramatists Guild Fund honors composer John Kander at a star-studded gala next month, there is very likely to be one person reluctant to be there. That would be John Kander. ‘It scares me to death,’ says the Tony Award-winning songwriter with partner Fred Ebb of ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Chicago’ and ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman.’ ‘I guess I’m not the world’s most spotlight-oriented person.’ The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, which aids and nurtures writers for the theater. The fund is celebrating its 50th anniversary and chose Kander to honor since he is also celebrating his half-century of creating art.” WASHINGTON POST

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