News Nuggets: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ writer Steven Moffat wins special BAFTA honor

Steven Moffat to receive a special BAFTA honor: “Recognising his ‘outstanding creative writing contribution to television,’ the award will be presented on 27 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Previous recipients include Russell T Davies, who preceded the 50-year-old Scot as ‘Doctor Who‘s’ head writer. ‘Blimey! A special award!’ said Moffat, ‘I didn’t even know I was ill.’ The accolade follows the writing prize he received at last Sunday’s Bafta Craft Awards for ‘A Scandal in Belgravia,’ the first episode of ‘Sherlock‘s’ second series.” BBC

Sherlock Holmes breaks the record as the most portrayed literary character in TV and film history: “Sherlock Holmes, who has been portrayed by actors like Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Baker and many others, has broken the record for having more film and TV portrayals than any other literary character. The super sleuth has been depicted on the big and small screen a total of 254 times. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s creation beats the next most popular character, Hamlet, by a total of 48 appearances. Shakespeare‘s prince of Denmark has been portrayed 206 times.” THE TIMES OF INDIA

Composer Stephen Schwartz honored in Palm Springs: “Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz is honored with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company’s inaugural Melpomai Award at ‘When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz’ May 19 in Palm Springs … Directed and moderated by Scott Logsdon (‘Les Miserables’), the evening includes performances from Tony nominee Andrea McArdle (‘Annie’), Hunter Parrish (‘Spring Awakening,’ ‘Weeds‘), Haviland Stillwell (‘Les Misérables’), Kate Flannery (‘The Office‘), Pamla Vale Abramson, Melissa Batalles, Garrett Hoy, Ben Reece and Laura L.Thomas. Joel Baker is the musical director and accompanist.” PLAYBILL

Mainstream Hollywood joins art films at the Cannes Film Festival: “Certainly, the films that compete for the Palme d’Or each year are, on the whole, serious films made by real artists. This year, for example, [Wes Anderson‘s] film [‘Moonrise Kingdom‘] is up against new works by some of the world’s greatest directors, including the Austrian master Michael Haneke, Romanian Cristian Mungiu and Canadian David Cronenberg. But Cannes screens plenty of films out of competition. And every single year, it shows at least one movie that could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be called an ‘art film.’ This year, it’s ‘Madagascar 3,’ the latest in the DreamWorks Animation franchise.” WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Adele wins at the Ivor Novello Awards: “Adele was the toast of the 57th Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (17 May 12) when she scooped two major prizes, including Songwriter of the Year. The singer received nods in four categories at the event, which honours the best of British music, and went home with one of the most prestigious awards, for best songwriter, as well as the Prs for Music Most Performed Work prize for ‘Rolling in the Deep.’ However, she lost out on the revered Album Award to PJ Harvey, whose acclaimed record ‘Let England Shake’ took the prize.” CONTACT MUSIC

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