News Nuggets: PBS president defends ‘Downton Abbey’ delay

PBS president Paula Kerger defends the continued decision to delay “Downton Abbey‘s” US broadcast until after the series has aired in the UK. Deadline

Oscar-winning “Shakespeare in Love” scribe Tom Stoppard will be honored with the WGA West’s Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in film. In addition to screenwriting, Stoppard is also a four-time Tony-winning playwright.

Kirk Douglas will receive the lifetime achievement award from the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. “No other actor personifies the term ‘iconic movie star’ more than Kirk Douglas,” said Awards Committee Chairman Henri Bollinger. “His acting talent is the underlining basis for his extraordinary success, but it is also due to his uncanny understanding and appreciation for the role that publicity and promotion play in the ultimate success of movies that made him a box office sensation.”

Oscarologists Scott Feinberg and Dave Karger discuss what the Oscars could learn from the Golden Globes. USA Today

Huffington Post Oscar metric hopes to scientifically predict the top Oscar winners. According to their analysis, “Lincoln” is far ahead to win Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), and Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis).

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Carl Reiner and Alec Baldwin will present Dick Van Dyke with his SAG Lifetime Achievement Award during the guild’s 19th annual awards on Sunday, January 27.

Paul Rudd explains his awkward Golden Globes presentation with Salma Hayek: “‘There was nothing on it,’ he said, meaning the Teleprompter. ‘Well, the first time, they had the wrong stuff for us, and then it just went off. But I didn’t know we were supposed to do another thing, and then all of a sudden, somebody said, “They’re just going through the thing.”‘ [Announcing the nominees.] ‘We were, like, “Oh. O.K. So, we were just on TV!”‘ Rudd laughed. (Hey, he was tired.)” Vanity Fair

Chris Wade laments the Oscars’ snub of “Cloud Atlas” and wonders why no one fought harder for the film. Slate

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