News Nuggets: Critics’ Choice TV Awards add six new categories

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announces new categories for the 2nd Annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards. From the press release: “New categories for the 2011/12 season include Best Movie or Mini-Series, Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series and Best Animated Series. ‘BTJA was launched to enhance access for broadcast journalists covering the television industry as well as honor the best work of the previous season while highlighting the potential standouts for the upcoming season,’ said Joey Berlin, acting president of BTJA. ‘We were gratified by the industry support for our organization and our inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards last year and pleased with how well our members’ choices reflected the vote of the Television Academy.'”

Are midseason series at a disadvantage at the Emmys? “For the Oscars, an early season release for a film is a well-known handicap. Exceptions keep hope alive for all comers, but the most comfortable spot for an Oscar contender by far is a winter release. Even the fall is considered the edge of too soon. As we head into Emmy season, one could argue that the opposite takes place: The later you hit the screen, the worse your awards chances. It’s as if Emmy voters need time to digest you before they’ll jump on your bandwagon.” THE VOTE

Once,” “Follies,” and “Clybourne Park” are among Drama League Award nominees: “Broadway newcomer Raven-Symoné (‘Sister Act’), Drama League nominee Megan Hilty (‘9 to 5,’ ‘Smash‘) and Justin Long (‘Seminar‘) announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Drama League Awards April 24 at Sardi’s … First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatregoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.” PLAYBILL

The Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week announces its selections: “Opening the event is the world premiere of ‘Broken,’ British director Rufus Norris‘s story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack, co-starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy … Founded in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics, Cannes Critics Week (la Semaine de la Critique) showcases first and second time filmmakers worldwide. Global filmmaking heavyweights including Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Eustache, Otar Iosseliani, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard and Arnaud Desplechin all started at la Semaine.” MOVIELINE

Downton Abbey‘s” Lord Crowley, “Game of Thrones‘s” Tywin Lannister among Forbes’s list of the richest fictional characters: “Topping this year’s list is the familiar wealth-hoarder Smaug, the dragon from ‘The Hobbit,’ who moved up thanks to Forbes’ more accurate analysis of his size; since he sleeps on a mound of treasure, this meant that the fictional mound is also larger, which puts his net worth at $62 billion … This year’s newly rich — is there anything gaudier?! — include Lisbeth Salander, who earned her $2.4 billion through hacking; ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Lord Robert Crawley ($1.1 billion), who made his fortune by being born and getting married; and ‘Game of Thrones” Tywin Lannister, who with $2.1 billion can always afford to pay his debts.” VULTURE

Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin will be honored at San Francisco fest: “Sundance got the awards party started early when the film won the Grand Jury prize there, but today the San Francisco Film Society announced “Beasts” and Zeitlin as the recipient of its inaugural Graham Leggat Award at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival (the nation’s oldest fest). Who else will follow suit with similar kudos? And will the awards goodwill stretch throughout the season? We’ll know in a few months.” IN CONTENTION

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