News Nuggets: YouTube Music Awards are the ‘weirdest event ever’

The YouTube Music Awards on Sunday are called the “weirdest event ever” and “the chaos overwhelmed the otherwise inspired performances and subsequent dance parties.” Eminem won Artist of the Year, and Girls’ Generation received Video of the Year for “I Got a Boy” in the fan-voted awards. Performers included Arcade Fire, Avicii, Lady Gaga, and M.I.A.  USA Today and New York Daily News.

Susan Wloszczyna says Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club“) is “acting with a capital A” as Rayon, a HIV-positive transsexual character. She believes it could be the type of performance that pushes Oscar voter buttons with “weight loss, physical transformation, struggling with illness and substance abuse… all filtered through a bittersweet humorous world view.” Indiewire.

After conquering the Emmys with its first wins this year (for “House of Cards“), online streaming company Netflix now hopes to take on the Oscars. They have acquired the Jehaine Noujaim documentary “The Square,” a film about the unrest in Egypt which has received critical acclaim at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Variety.

For the third straight year, Leonardo DiCaprio hosts the Art + Film Gala for LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The fundraiser brought in a record $4.1 million this year while honoring director Martin Scorsese and artist David Hockney. Stars included Amy Adams, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Robert Downey, Jr., Jane Fonda, James Franco, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, and Jimmy Kimmel. Hollywood Reporter.

Hollywood Reporter writers Stephen Galloway, Scott Feinberg, and Tim Appelo discuss the “dirty games” of Oscar campaigning at a weekend event in Savannah, Georgia. They compared it to political campaigning, saying that once certain films become real contenders, the negative responses start. Galloway said people should not be jealous of his job “when you’re in a hotel room with an unnamed executive who threatened to kill you, maim you, torture you, wound you, throw you from the window.” Media Bistro.

In its first outing at the box office, the sci-fi thriller “Ender’s Game” (with Harrison Ford) rockets into first place with $28 million. Last week’s top movie “Bad Grandpa” (starring Johnny Knoxville) finishes second with $20 million. Newcomers “Free Birds” (voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) and “Last Vegas” (with Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro) tie for third position at $16 million. The Wrap.

Ryan Adams takes a look at current scores of Oscar contenders from the Broadcast Film Critics. He reminds, though, that “Me and Orson Welles” scored a perfect 100 a few years ago and was nowhere close to their Best Picture lineup at the Critics Choice Awards. Among the top scores so far: “12 Years a Slave” (94), “Gravity” (93), “Captain Phillips” (90), “Blue Jasmine” (89), “Dallas Buyers Club” (89), “All is Lost” (88), “Fruitvale Station” (88), and “The Book Thief” (87). Awards Daily.

Who are the top earning dead celebrities for 2013? A photo gallery and complete descriptions provide the details about Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Bettie Page, and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Xfinity.

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