News Nuggets: Adele propels Grammys to ratings victory

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog demands Golden Collar Awards write-in: “‘My work on the “Conan O‘Brien Show” has been overlooked,’ complains Triumph. ‘It’s a travesty…. These awards have clearly been fixed!’ He proceeds to make dog meat out of the other nominees, including Jason Gann who plays Wilfred on ‘Wilfred.’ ‘This isn’t even a real dog! He’s a grown man with a sad fetish,’ snarls Triumph, as he chews on his cigar. As for the big black dog on ‘Entourage,’ Triumph admits that the dog is a much better actor than Adrian Grenier.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Douglas Trumbull receives an honorary Oscar: “The first Oscars of the year have been presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards, the motion picture academy’s annual celebration of the geeks and gizmos that make movie magic. Oscar winners at the Saturday night gala included Douglas Trumbull, the visual-effects master behind such pioneering works as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘Blade Runner.’ Trumbull, 69, was honored for his long career of technological contributions to filmmaking, including his latest wizardry in the Brad PittTerrence Malick drama ‘The Tree of Life,’ which featured grand images of the cosmos and the age of dinosaurs.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Grammy Awards post their best ratings in almost 30 years: “Last night’s broadcast of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards delivered more than 39 million viewers, the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second largest in history, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day fast affiliate ratings (8:00-11:30 PM) for Sunday, Feb. 12. In key demographics, The Grammy Awards averaged a 14.1/32 in adults 18-49, matching its best since 1990 (14.2), a 16.0/33 in adults 25-54, best since 1988 (16.1) and 12.1/31 in adults 18-34, best since 2001 (13.5).”

Does computer voting open up the Oscars to hacking? “The academy said the software developed by the San Diego-based computer voting company Everyone Counts would incorporate ‘multiple layers of security’ and ‘military-grade encryption techniques’ to ensure that nothing untoward or underhanded could occur before PricewaterhouseCoopers, its accountancy firm, captured the votes from the Internet ether. Unfortunately, leading computer scientists around the world who have looked at Internet voting systems do not share the academy’s confidence. On the contrary, they say the technology is vulnerable to a variety of cyber attacks — no matter how many layers of encryption there are — and risks producing a fraudulent outcome without anyone necessarily realizing it.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Whitney Houston‘s final movie will be released in August: “‘Sparkle,’ a musical drama featuring the final film role of Whitney Houston, is now scheduled to hit theaters on August 17th. The movie, a remake of the 1976 picture of the same name, features Houston as the mother of three sisters in a Supremes-like musical group who struggle with fame and drugs. The movie also includes performances by Jordin Sparks, Cee Lo Green and Mike Epps. In addition to starring in the film, Houston recorded several songs for its soundtrack, which was intended as a comeback project for the troubled superstar.” ROLLING STONE

Oscar-nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer sit down with Tavis Smiley: “They kind of ‘go there’ — this is a worthwhile, interesting conversation … for those of you interested. Viola Davis speaks quite passionately about the stigma and crippling dilemma of being a black artist who must carry the burden, I think, of both the black and white community. They pay the price, white actors don’t. Anyway, Davis says it all a lot better than I can … have a listen.” AWARDS DAILY

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