News Nuggets: Taylor Swift and her cat lobby for ACM Awards

Taylor Swift lobbies for ACM Awards with her cat: “Meredith, for those not in the know, is Swift’s adorable cat and was named after the lead character on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ This year’s Academy of Country Music Awards will be Meredith’s first, so it is up to our heroine to explain to her kitty how the online voting process for ACM Entertainer of the Year (Swift is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year) works. She decided to make a video out of her efforts for her official YouTube channel. The mission of the clip is to drum up votes, and Swift and her unrelenting cuteness succeed admirably.” MTV

Donna Murphy and Brian d’Arcy James will announce the Drama Desk nominations on April 27: “The nominations, which recognize the best Broadway and off-Broadway talent of the 2011-2012 theater season, will be announced at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. The Drama Desk Award winners will be presented at Town Hall on June 3. Murphy is a three-time Drama Desk winner for her work in ‘LoveMusik,’ ‘Passion’ and ‘Wonderful Town’ … d’Arcy James won a Drama Desk for his work as the title character in Broadway’s ‘Shrek.'” BROADWAY.COM

Emmy celebrates Carl Reiner‘s 90th birthday: “Not everyone makes it to 90, and for those who do, not everyone gets the digital treatment from the Emmys, which celebrates legendary entertainer Carl Reiner’s 90th birthday today with a host of photo and video moments from the star’s storied career. worked with the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television to compile clips and tributes to the comic from over the years, including interviews with Reiner, as well as highlights from last year’s ‘An Evening with Carl Reiner’ event at the Television Academy.” EW.COM

A Separation” wins big at the Asian Film Awards: “The acclaimed Iranian film “A Separation” took top honors at the 6th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Monday night, continuing its run of wins at major awards ceremonies … It was the first Asian film from a country outside East Asia to win best film at the AFA. Previous winners came from South Korea, Japan and Thailand. The win sends a strong signal that the awards intend to be truly pan-Asian, which is part of the AFA’s objective.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Sports Emmy nominations announced: “‘This is an outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,’ said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS … The networks of ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D & lead the nomination totals with 55, the NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel & garnered 32, CBS (CBS, Showtime, entries received 26 nominations, while Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, & truTV) have 22.” NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES

Once” will win Best Musical, according to Roger Friedman: “The new musical based on the movie, which opened on Broadway last night, is the likely winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. Come back on June 11th, and let’s discuss. The show is a knockout, even better now that it’s transferred uptown. Stars are made in this show, directed by John Tiffany. Ready for his walk of fame for a long time, I’d say, is Steve Kazee, who plays Guy, the Irish singer songwriter based on Glen Hansard (who starred in the movie and co-wrote the songs with the film’s co-star Marketa Irglova).” FORBES

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