News Nuggets: This year’s Oscar race highlights Hollywood gender gap

Louis C.K. returns to HBO for a new comedy special in 2013. From the press release: “Red-hot comedy star Louis CK will return to HBO next year in an all-new stand-up comedy special, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. To be taped at one of the stops of his sold-out 16-city tour, which wraps in February, the exclusive presentation will be his second hour-long special on the network and will be directed by Louis CK. ‘I’m delighted to welcome the gifted Louis CK back to HBO,’ said Lombardo. ‘This comic genius remains one of the freshest voices on the scene, and HBO is proud to provide an uncensored forum for his provocative humor.'”

American Music Awards add Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, and Kelly Clarkson. Press release: “dick clark productions (dcp) has announced that Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris will all perform on ‘The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards.’ They join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, Pink, Pitbull, Taylor Swift and Usher on this year’s show, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.”

Modern Family” star Julie Bowen talks about the mixed blessing of winning Emmys: “You are assuming everyone gets high from an award. Some of us are more like German soldiers in the trenches of the world wars. When you win the award, it is like being pulled out of the trench. And as exciting and wonderful as it is not to be in the trench, and to be recognised for what you do, it also means everyone has got a clear shot at you and that is a very frightening prospect for most of us. The first year, when I was nominated but didn’t win, I was so relieved. I can’t deny winning felt lovely and amazing and great – but now I am just worried about next year.” METRO

The Academy’s foreign-language committee co-chairs discuss the challenges of Oscar’s controversial category with Jon Weisman: “An article in the Nov. 12-18 edition of weekly Variety describes the angst in the awards community over the sheer number of films to see. But in their first interview with Variety since becoming foreign-language committee co-heads, Bruce Davis (the former AMPAS exec director) and Ron Yerxa said they believe the category is in healthy shape overall and creates a level playing field for contenders. ‘We get accused very often of making the wrong choices, but I don’t think anyone has suggested the system isn’t pretty fair,’ Davis said.” VARIETY

This year’s sparse Best Actress lineup emphasizes Hollywood’s gender gap, says Ramin Setoodeh: “A look at the winter movie slate makes the scarcity of great roles for women clear. It’s a boy’s club. A lot of awards-bait films this year—’Lincoln,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘The Master,’ ‘Argo,’ and ‘Flight‘—don’t even bother with leading ladies … Maybe it’s no coincidence that some of the other best female performances of the year are imported. In ‘Rust and Bone,’ Marion Cotillard is electrifying as a whale instructor who loses both her legs in an accident. Emmanuelle Riva earned raves for her retired teacher in Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour.’ And Hitchcock’s leading lady in ‘Hitchcock‘ isn’t Janet Leigh—it’s his wife, Alma, played deliciously by Helen Mirren. As Mr. Hitchcock collects all praise, Mrs. Hitchcock toils in the background to fix the final cut of ‘Psycho’ by herself. It’s a fascinating dynamic, all the more appropriate because, when it comes to women, Hollywood is still trapped in the past.” THE DAILY BEAST

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