News Nuggets: Tony Awards announce 2012 awards season calendar

The Tony Awards set their calendar of upcoming events: “The American Theatre Wing’s 66th Annual Antoinette Perry ‘Tony’ Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will air on CBS on Sunday, June 10th from 8:00 – 11:00 PM (ET/PT time delay).” Nominations will be announced May 1, followed by a “Meet the Nominees” press reception on May 2. Tony Nominees’ Luncheon is set for May 31.

Oscar collection sells at auction for $3 million: “All 15 Academy Awards auctioned today by Nate D. Sanders sold for a record-breaking total of $3,060,089, which includes the buyer’s premium. The most expensive Oscar statuette was Herman Mankiewicz’s 1941 Best Screenplay Academy Award for ‘Citizen Kane,’ which sold for $588,455. Christie’s sold the Academy Award in 1999 for $244,500. In December 2011, Nate D. Sanders sold Orson Welles’ ‘Citizen Kane’ Academy Award for $861,542.”

Will Grammy-winner Norah Jones‘s collaboration with Danger Mouse spell success? “Co-written and produced by Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse), Jones’ upcoming album ‘Little Broken Hearts’ could be the artistic left turn she needed … The first single, ‘Happy Pills,’ came online Tuesday, and Burton’s fingerprints aren’t hard to see. Backed by a clockwork guitar pulse and heavy-footed drums that could be a half-speed outtake from the ‘Broken Bells’ sessions, Jones sings with a mix of sass and yearning about getting over the wrong man with a classic R&B refrain of ‘Please just let me go now.'” LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Oscars should draw more attention to their foreign and documentary nominees: “… there should be more attention given to two categories that get a short shrift on the telecast, yet for which Oscar nominations are vital – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary. It would even be a good idea for the Academy to launch a second telecast, on cable, devoted just to introducing these nominees to the public … Yet, because they rarely if ever have the studio marketing/distribution clout to get into wide national release, they struggle in the marketplace.” CITY BEAT

Can “Community” actor’s Oscar win help “Community”? “If you’re a fan of NBC’s cult comedy ‘Community,’ then last night was a big night for you, not just because it was the 84th Annual Academy Awards, but because ‘Community’s’ own eccentric dean (played by Jim Rash) accept an Oscar for screenwriting (while paying tribute to Angelina Jolie‘s leg in the process) … The ratings-challenged ‘Community’ returns to NBC on Thursday, March 15th, and I’ve taken the liberty of suggesting some ways in which NBC and ‘Community’ could use Jim Rash’s Oscar win to promote the show and hopefully lure some new viewers.” HUFFINGTON POST

Weinstein owned Radius-TWC company many acquire Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Only God Forgives“: “I’m hearing that the negotiation is in the range of a $2.5 million minimum guarantee. It is the second recent deal that [Radius heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego] made that involved Refn, after Radius acquired a remake of ‘Pusher,’ the first film that Refn directed. ‘Only God Forgives’ was a surprise entry in the marketplace. It was all but acquired last summer by Drive distributor FilmDistrict, but the deal never closed. The distributor didn’t see eye to eye with the filmmakers, and it once again became available.” DEADLINE

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