News Nuggets: Whisper campaigns start against Oscar contenders ‘Captain Phillips,’ ’12 Years’

Steve Pond suggests that negative whisper campaigns have already started against Oscar contenders “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” and especially “Captain Phillips.” His column discusses that this happens almost every year as rival studios and campaigners want to lay the groundwork that the opposing films have inaccuracies and are unworthy of Oscars. The Wrap.

Sasha Stone wonders if “Gravity” will change the Oscar game for Academy voters. She says that it will be this 3-D spectacular that will have an enduring impact and not previous films by James Cameron (“Avatar”) and Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”). Awards Daily.

Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban will perform on the live Grammy nominations special airing on CBS December 6. HitFix.

The 68th annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8, at Radio City Music Hall. Nominations will be announced on April 29. No word yet on a host, but Neil Patrick Harris has been the emcee the past three years. USA Today.

Lea Michele breaks her silence about the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith in a new interview. The “Glee” episode devoted to his character Finn airs October 10 on Fox. TV Line.

Harrison Ford admits that he would be interested in starring in a sequel to the Ridley Scott classic sci-fi film “Bladerunner.” He is currently on a press tour for the upcoming “Ender’s Game.” Cinema Blend.

Rory Albanese, writer and showrunner for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is leaving the show to work on a new comedy for Warner Bros. and CBS. The show won the Emmy as Best Variety Series 10 straight years before being defeated by “The Colbert Report” this year. Deadline.

The Producers Guild announces that Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, will be honored with the 2014 Milestone Award. The PGA Awards will be held on January 19. PGA.

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