News Nuggets: The best and worst of the ACM Awards, and how many tuned in

The best and worst of the ACM Awards: “Best acceptance speech: Usually, when artists claim they’re honored to be in the same category as their fellow nominees, I don’t take them overly seriously. Yeah, of course you’re going to say that. But Miranda Lambert actually backed up what she was saying as she accepted the trophy for Album of the Year for her disc ‘Four the Record.’ ‘I own every album in this category,’ she explained before lavishing praise on her competitors’ collections. ‘My albums are my babies,’ the singer waxed appreciatively.” EW.COM

Ratings down for the ACM Awards: “The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 13 million total viewers) was down 6% in 18-49 from last year to log its lowest demo rating since 2008. Still, the three-hour broadcast ranked as the highest-rated and most watched program of the night, delivering a nightly victory for CBS.” DEADLINE

Did “Jack and Jill” really deserve to sweep all ten Razzie categories? “Was it fair to shower [Adam] Sandler’s glaringly obvious stinker with so many awards, when other nominated movies — perhaps most notably, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1‘ — were Razzie-worthy in more subtle ways? I mean, did ‘Jack and Jill’ feature a grown man falling in love with a baby, or talking CGI wolves, or a childbirth scene that reportedly caused some people to have seizures? No, it did not. Which suggests Sandler has something to shoot for next time.” WASHINGTON POST

Marcia Gay Harden honored at the Phoenix Film Festival: “Harden is the 2011 recipient of the Phoenix Film Festival’s Copper Wing Tribute Award, the festival’s most-prestigious honor. ‘Marcia Gay Harden is a perfect honoree,’ said Jason Carney, the festival’s director. ‘With her amazing performances in “Pollock,” “Mystic River” and so many other films, she was ideal.” Harden spoke recently about awards in general, and her career.” AZ CENTRAL

Clint Eastwood‘s “A Star is Born” remake may really be about Kurt Cobain: “It may sound like just another remake until you hear the screenwriter’s take on it … ‘I think I’ve reinvented the Norman Maine character, the lead,’ [Will] Fetters said. ‘I wanted to do “A Star is Born” because I’m a huge Kurt Cobain fan. That was like my Kennedy assassination when I was a teenager. When he died it was a huge horrible thing. So I approached “A Star is Born,” for me the framework was all right, if Kurt Cobain never got to go “Unplugged” and survived and it’s 20 years later and it’s now, and he wanted to try to do that album with that understanding as this grunge icon. That’d be tough to get done if he was past his prime, no longer selling, how does he get that album?'” CRAVE ONLINE

Could “The Hunger Games” be this year’s first Best Picture contender? “It’s not a British drama, nor a coming-of-middle-age, nor a political statement — but what it is is an undeniable hit.  $200 million in the first ten days? Standing in the way of any kind of real heat, of course, are those pesky critics.  They are the ones from on high who make the difference between what is acceptable to consider and what isn’t.  Sure, they anointed ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 2,’ and then the industry didn’t.  But they also anointed ‘Avatar’ and the industry did.  Jim Cameron was the reason why. The box office was the other reason. Story didn’t matter — but its hugeness did.  It became too big to ignore.” AWARDS DAILY

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