News Nuggets: Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift among Grammy performers

First performers announced for the Grammy Awards: “Current GRAMMY® nominees Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast (  Aldean and Minaj will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Mars, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Networkfrom 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).”

Stars line up to present at this weekend’s Golden Globes: “Jessica Biel, Robert Downey Jr. (2001 and 2010 Golden Globe winner; 1993 and 2009 Golden Globe nominee), Jimmy Fallon, Mila Kunis (2011 Golden Globe nominee), Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine, Rob Lowe (2001 Golden Globe winner; 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2001 Golden Globe nominee), Katharine McPhee, Michelle Pfeiffer (1990 Golden Globe winner; 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 Golden Globe nominee), Mark Wahlberg (2011 Golden Globe winner; 2007 Golden Globe nominee) and Reese Witherspoon (2006 Golden Globe winner; 2000 and 2002 Golden Globe nominee) join an already stellar list of presenters at the 69th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 15, 2012, with host Ricky Gervais.”

BAFTA’s Rising Star Award highlights men, ignores women: “It’s when you consider the names that have been left out — and, to be more blunt about it, their gender — that the picture becomes slightly more worrying. Eight names were on the jury-compiled longlist put forth to the public last month: of those eight, five were men, and it’s those five that have all been promoted to the nominee list after the public vote. With dispiriting predictability, the ladies left on the sidelines are Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Felicity Jones.” IN CONTENTION

Fox Searchlight gives “Margaret” a last-minute Oscar push: “Oscar ballots are due tomorrow at 5 p.m., but as LA Weekly reported, Fox Searchlight has booked Kenneth Lonergan‘s long-delayed, virtually ignored ‘Margaret’ for a one-week run at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles, along with sending screeners to all Academy members and making star Anna Paquin available for interviews … Wrote freelance critic Mike D’Angelo, ‘People just flat-out refused to let that movie die, even after the initial wave of deeply misguided reviews all but buried it. We dragged its bloody, comatose form into the year-end conversation by sheer force of will, fueled by nothing more than passion.'” INDIEWIRE

The best and worst moments of the People’s Choice Awards: “After all, placing the power in the hands of ‘the people’ — or rather, rewarding the movies and TV shows with the most mouth-foamingly rabid fan bases — can lead to awkward moments like Robert Pattinson walking to the podium to collect the trophy for Best Drama Movie (for the moderately received ‘Water for Elephants‘) and wondering aloud, ‘I don’t know why they asked me to accept it.’ (Um, because you’re hot, and you’re there, and the ‘Twilight’ fans didn’t vote to see director Francis Lawrence.) And that’s why it’s best to not take the festivities — hosted by a very game, funnier-than-her-cue-cards Kaley Cuoco — too, too seriously.” TV LINE

The Motion Picture Academy denies reports of planning to leave the Kodak Theater: “… media reports of the imminent death of the relationship between the Oscars and its broadcast home for the past decade, the Kodak theatre, are greatly exaggerated. In fact the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences issued a statement to Deadline tonight saying The Hollywood Reporter‘s claims are ‘erroneous.’ (We hear Academy President Tom Sherak screamed at THR‘s Alex Ben Block and demanded a retraction.) The Academy officially denied to Deadline that AMPAS is already in discussions to move the Academy Awards to AEG’s 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre. ‘The Academy has not begun any negotiations for the Oscar telecast beyond 2013.'” DEADLINE

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