News Nuggets: Best Actress Oscar race ‘deplorable’ with so many returning champs

Columnist Mark Harris has his first look at this year’s Oscar race and calls the Best Actress category “deplorable.” Using Gold Derby rankings, he is not happy that all five slots in that category could be previous champs (Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson). Grantland.

Writer Scott Feinberg says the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film may already be over. He wonders if Iran’s “The Past” from director Asghar Farhadi and starring Cannes winner Berenice Bejo is the big frontrunner. Hollywood Reporter.

Canadian short story writer Alice Munro wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. Her story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” was adapted by Sarah Polley in 2006 for the film “Away From Her” starring Oscar nominee Julie Christie. USA Today.

Maureen Dowd has a lengthy interview with Robert Redford about “All is Lost,” his best chance ever to win a Best Actor Oscar. In it, he reveals that he has rarely viewed any of his movies and that he has mostly played “intrinsically American guys going up against implacable forces.” New York Times.

Jimmy Kimmel Live” scores record ratings Wednesday as Kimmel and Kanye West have an awkward conversation about their recent feud. Deadline.

Controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange calls the upcoming movie “The Fifth Estate” directed by Bill Condon “a wretched film.” It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and opens nationwide October 18. Cinema Blend.

Richard Belzer is retiring his character of Det. John Munch after 15 seasons on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He also played the same role on “Homicide: Life on the Street” during the 1990s. Belzer will now be a recurring guest star on the NBC drama. TV Guide.

NBC is developing a sequel to their hit 1980s drama “Remington Steele,” which starred Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist. The new version would be a comedy focusing on the daughter of the original characters as she reopens her parents’ detective agency. Entertainment Weekly.

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