News Nuggets: Michael Fassbender (’12 Years a Slave’) will not campaign for an Oscar

Michael Fassbender, who plays a sadistic plantation owner in “12 Years a Slave,” will not be campaigning for an Oscar. Even though he currently tops the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race in Gold Derby odds, he says “It’s just a grind. And I’m not a politician.” He will also be on location in New Zealand shooting a new film. The Wrap.

Sasha Stone wonders if a challenging film like “12 Years a Slave” can actually win the Oscar for Best Picture. She says Oscar voters typically choose “comforting, uplifiting fare,” but on occasion will select challenging works like “The Hurt Locker” and “No Country for Old Men.” Awards Daily.

The new film “Captain Phillips” is “one big lie according to the real crew members of the cargo ship taken hostage by Somali pirates. They also claim that Captain Richard Phillips, played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, is “no hero” and wasn’t a “big leader” as portayed in the movie. New York Post.

The Weinstein Company mailed out screeners last week for Oscar contender “Fruitvale Station,” but they have a major error. Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz are listed as leading actresses when they are actually being campaigned in supporting. Hollywood Reporter.

The Walking Dead” returns for the fourth season on AMC with a massive 16.1 million viewers and an 8.2 rating among adults 18-49. It is up 30% from the previous series high for the third season finale. The show is crushing all broadcast network programs airing on Sunday nights. Entertainment Weekly.

Oscar champ Sir Anthony Hopkins writes a fan letter to Bryan Cranston. He calls his portrayal of chemistry teacher/drug kingpin Walter White on “Breaking Bad” over the past six years “the best acting I have seen – ever.” Huffington Post.

After just one month on the show, is ABC looking to fire new co-host Jenny McCarthy from “The View“? A new report says her “big mouth” is making viewers tune out. She replaced longtime co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is now with Fox News. Radar Online.

Who should replace Charlie Hunnam as the lead in “Fifty Shades of Grey”? How about one of these TV stars: Matt Bomer (“White Collar”), Joshua Bowman (“Revenge”), Dylan McDermott (“Hostages”), or Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”)? E! Online.

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