News Nuggets: Ways the MTV Movie Awards improve on the Oscars

Ways the MTV Movie Awards improve on the Oscars: “While the Oscars are great at recognizing movies that have certain admirable qualities – distinctive and energetic acting, say, or beautifully stylized dialogue – they have never been nearly as good at recognizing the value of the entertainment side of moviegoing. They have been reticent to acknowledge on an institutional level that people go to the movies, much of the time, to experience something exhilarating. They go to laugh, to weep and swoon, to look at beautiful places, to be scared and excited and surprised. They don’t always go in order to see the most skilled artists at work. Sometimes they just want to be made to react.” NPR

Homeland” hoping to bring an Emmy breakthrough to Showtime: “… if the show were to win the Emmy for best dramatic series, it would be the first ever drama or comedy series win for Showtime, confirms David Nevins, entertainment president for the pay cable channel. ‘We’ve had nominations, but we haven’t had a win,’ Nevins says, referring to such series nominees as the multi-year drama nominee ‘Dexter‘ and the comedies ‘Nurse Jackie‘ and ‘Weeds.’ ‘It would be a breakthrough for the network. It’s nice to be nominated, but a win marks a new threshold.'” DEADLINE

Days of Our Lives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” among GLAAD winners: “ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was named Outstanding Drama Series and NBC’s ‘Days Of Our Lives’ was named Outstanding Daily Drama Series at the San Francisco ceremony of the GLAAD Media Awards, which were held on Saturday, June 2. ‘Glee‘ star Dianna Agron hosted the event, which featured appearances by Tony Award winner Rita Moreno and stage veterans Guillermo Dlaz, Mario Lopez, and Kerry Washington … ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has been heralded for its love story of lesbians Callie and Arizona, played by Tony Award winner Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw. ‘Days Of Our Lives’ has recently focused on the coming out of long-time character Will Horton (played by Chandler Massey).” THEATER MANIA

Mel Brooks and David Lynch will be awarded degrees from the American Film Institute: “Brooks and Lynch will receive doctorates of fine arts degrees for ‘contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image’ during the AFI Conservatory commencement at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on June 13. Previous recipients of the AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.” THE WRAP

Zooey Deschanel feels like an outside at glamorous events: “Zooey told Cosmopolitan: ‘You go to something like the Golden Globes, and it’s the most glamorous place you could ever be, but then you go home and you’re still like, “Urgh, this dress is too tight, I wanna take off these shoes and put on my pyjamas.” It’s always comforting to know that, no matter what, at the end of the night I’m always home in my pyjamas.’ Zooey admitted that she didn’t always feel comfortable at events and award ceremonies. ‘I’ve always felt like an outsider and I still do when I go to fancy events. I still sit there and think, “I don’t belong here,”‘ she confessed.” ENTERTAINMENTWISE

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