News Nuggets: Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean to play the ACM Awards

Will online streaming be the next measure of post-Oscar success? “Looking at ‘Hugo‘s’ success online and considering how much has changed this year in the realm of Netflix memberships and video-on-demand binges, perhaps the box office bump for other Oscar winners will be more visible online than it has been in theaters. ‘The Artist‘ will benefit from a Weinstein Company-Netflix deal and other Oscar winners may follow suit. As various methods of VOD become more prevalent, so too are the chances that Joe Moviegoer will stumble upon an Academy Award-winning flick–and actually watch it.” EW.COM

ACM Awards announces performers: “Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the first seven performers announced for the ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 1. Aldean and Chesney are both nominated in the entertainer, male vocalist, album, single and vocal event categories. Aldean also landed a video nod for ‘Tattoos on This Town,’ while Chesney and Grace Potter‘s ‘You and Tequila‘ is up for song of the year.” CMT

FX’s “Justified” renewed for a fourth season: “Midway through ‘Justified‘s’ third-season run, FX has given the drama series a fourth season pickup with a 13-episode order. ‘”Justified” is one of television’s best series and this season has reinforced that excellence,’ FX’s EVP of original programming Nick Grad said … Through seven weeks of Season 3, first-run episodes of ‘Justified’ are averaging 4.3 million viewers, up 8% vs. season 2, and 2.1 million Adults 18-49, also up 8% from season 2.” DEADLINE

Monsieur Lazhar” lost Oscar, but sweeps the Genies: “At last month’s Academy Awards, Philippe Falardeau had to watch as another director took the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. On Thursday night, everyone was watching him. His critically acclaimed drama ‘Monsieur Lazhar,’ which tells the story of an Algerian teacher helping students recover from a tragedy in a Montreal elementary school, was named Best Motion Picture at the 32nd Annual Genie Awards, which were held in Toronto on Thursday. Falardeau also walked away with the statuettes for Achievement in Direction and Adapted Screenplay.” CALGARY HERALD

Wes Anderson‘s “Moonrise Kingdom” will open the Cannes Film Festival: “The film, which recounts a tormented and surprising story of children and adults in 1965, will play in the Grand théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals. Attending will be the Jury presided over by Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti. ‘Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in “Moonrise Kingdom,” which once again is a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve,’ said Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate.” THE WRAP

There are few Oscar-worthy roles for black actresses: “African-American actresses have gone on to play a variety of roles. But playwright Murray Horwitz argues many of them present African-Americans as victims … According to Horwitz, layered roles for African-American actresses have been rare. Most fit the traditional niche. Like the abusive mother in Lee Daniels‘ 2009 drama ‘Precious.’ Mo’Nique won an Oscar for that supporting role.” VOICE OF AMERICA

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