News Nuggets: Miss Piggy will be BAFTA’s red carpet host

Miss Piggy will host BAFTA’s red carpet show: “Ceremony sponsors Orange today announced that, in her own words, ‘international star, role model and diva,’ – the fabulous Miss Piggy – is set to put her unique questions to the great and the good of the international movie scene at this weekend’s Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony as the host of its Orange BAFTA red carpet show with Miss Piggy … star of film, TV and the upcoming Disney movie ‘The Muppets‘ released nationwide on February 10th, she has been a pop culture icon known for her wit, charm and for having a certain frog on her arm.”

Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon discusses his modest celebration plans if he wins Grammys this year: “The Grammys are as much for all of our parents. Brian’s guest for the Grammys is his mom. Me and Nate’s parents are going. [Editor’s note: Nate Vernon, his brother, manages the band with Kyle Frenette.] We’ll just celebrate in a way [to make them] proud.” VULTURE

Watch the trailer for Sarah Polley‘s film “Take This Waltz”: “The film stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen as a young couple who struggle with monogamy and fidelity, as the former is torn between her husband and a new man. Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby round out the cast that has been described as sexually frank, somewhat explicit, but bracingly honest about the complex emotions that arise out of sex and love.” INDIEWIRE

New Yorkers can “Meet the Oscars” again in Grand Central this year: “Oscar fans in New York will be the first to see the actual Oscar statuettes that will be presented to the Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th. The Best Actor Oscar awarded to Michael Douglas in 1987 on behalf of ‘Wall Street’ will also be on view. The statuettes will be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ‘Meet the Oscars, Grand Central’ at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 22nd, with an opening ceremony hosted by the Academy. Admission is free and open to the public.”

Alexander Payne to be honored as ACE Filmmaker of the Year: “Award winning filmmaker Alexander Payne has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced today by the ACE Board of Directors.” DEADLINE

Stars line up to present the WGA Awards on February 19: “In addition to previously announced 2012 WGA Hollywood show co-hosts Zooey Deschanel (‘New Girl‘) and Joel McHale (‘Community,’ ‘The Soup’), this year’s Writers Guild Awards presenters will include … Amy Poehler … ‘Breaking Bad‘ star Bryan Cranston … ‘2 Broke Girls‘ star Kat Dennings … ‘Web Therapy’ Lisa Kudrow … actor-comic Patton Oswalt (‘Young Adult‘) with director-screenwriter Brad Bird (‘MI4: Ghost Protocol,’ ‘Ratatouille’) … Academy Award-nominated actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (‘The Help‘) will present the Guild’s Paul Selvin Award, given to a writer whose script embodies constitutional rights and civil liberties, to ‘The Help’ screenwriter-director Tate Taylor.”

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