News Nuggets: Grammys best dressed are Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert

Who were the best and worst dressed at Sunday’s Grammy Awards? A new photo gallery proclaims Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Ciara, and Kacey Musgraves as the best. On the other end of the spectrum as the worst are Paula Patton, Skylar, Fantasia, Kathy Griffin, and Paris Hilton. E! Online.

In full Oscars campaign mode, Leonardo DiCaprio makes his first ever appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Jonah Hill, his co-star from “The Wolf of Wall Street“, was claiming all the credit for the movie’s success when DiCaprio interrupted his monologue. They ended the segment in the classic “Titanic” flying pose originally done with Kate Winslet in 1997. The variety show also included a spoof of the Spike Jonze film “Her” with Hill imagining a computer romance with a male voiceover. TV Line.

Pete Hammond offers his take on the DGA win this weekend by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“). Since he was widely expected to prevail, the Oscars Best Picture category remains a tight three-way race between that film, “American Hustle,” and “12 Years a Slave.” He says it’s “a strange year” and that “a few votes either way could swing this thing. It’s not even inconceivable that a dark horse could come in this kind of year.” He does believe that a “Hustle” loss next weekend to “Her” at the Writer’s Guild could deal it “a major setback.” Deadline.

Besides Alfonso Cuaron, the four other DGA film nominees join together Saturday for a moderated discussion. Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) said his movie came “out of the frustration over the unregulated financial world.” Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) expressed his admiration of how the 71-year-old Scorsese continues connecting with young audiences. Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips“) said all of his films “take shape in your mind musically.” David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) added that “filming and acting (are) an excuse for a waking dream.” Variety.

The major winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival are: “Whiplash” (U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Drama), “Fishing Without Nets” (U.S. Dramatic Directing – Cutter Hodierne), “Rich Hill” (U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary), “The Skeleton Twins” (Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award), “Imperial Dreams” (Audience Award). L.A. Times.

The U.S. box office enjoys a healthy bump from the same weekend last year with over $91 million returns. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy “Ride Along” remains in the top position with $21.2 million. “Lone Survivor” also continues to do well with $12.6 million for second place. The animated film “The Nut Job” opens with $12.3 million for the third spot. Oscar frontrunner “Frozen” adds to its haul, bringing its domestic total to $347.8 million over 10 weeks. Thompson on Hollywood.

Tim Molloy praises Bill Cosby for breaking down age barriers with his newly announced NBC comedy. He says that the 76-year-old Cosby willl be more than a decade older than any of “The Golden Girls” actresses in the 1980s. His show will be “dramatically increasing the visibility of older Americans at a time when they are often portrayed as doddering, racist fools.” The Wrap.

Freshman NBC drama “The Blacklist” continues breaking its own records for recorded viewings. The most recent January 20 episode improved 61% when 5.43 million DVR viewers were added to the 8.83 million live viewers. That is now the all-time record increase for any show according to Nielsen Media Research. Starring three-time Emmy winner James Spader, the show is one of the network’s brightest awards hopes for the next ceremony. TV by the Numbers.

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