News Nuggets: Will BAFTA decide everything for this year’s major Oscar races?

Kris Tapley believes this year’s BAFTA Awards could make a “real difference” towards the eventual Oscar winners. Because there is such a long stretch between the major guild awards and the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, these February 16 kudos could be “a real place of the buzz wave.” That is especially true with such a tight three-way Best Picture race. Will the Brits want to give “Gravity” the award for Best British Film and the top prize to “12 Years a Slave” to split their support? And where will that leave the other co-favorite “American Hustle“? Also, “Dallas Buyers Club” Oscar frontrunners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto aren’t even nominated at BAFTA. HitFix.

At that BAFTA ceremony, Dame Helen Mirren will receive the group’s highest honor. She will be awarded the Fellowship by the British Academy “in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film and television.” In her career, she has won four BAFTA Awards among seven nominations. Previous Fellowship recipients have included Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, and Vanessa Redgrave. Thompson on Hollywood.

Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino files a lawsuit against website Gawker for publishing his unfilmed “The Hateful Eight” screenplay online. His case will be led by “hard-nosed litigator” Martin Singer. They accuse the website of “predatory journalism” for encouraging people to illegally “enjoy” reading the script. Gawker responds that Tarantino “turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention.” They believe they had the right to publish because of the “intense news interest.” Deadline.

Johnny Depp will be feted with the first-ever Distinguished Artisan Award from the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild. The honor will be presented at the February 15 ceremony by his makeup artist Joel Harlow. Depp is known for a wide range of image-shifting roles in such films as “The Lone Ranger,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Dark Shadows.” Hollywood Reporter.

Sunday’s Grammy Awards grab its second biggest audience in the past 21 years. The 28.5 rating was just slightly higher than last year’s ceremony but trailed a good bit behind the 2012 event (which amazed with 39 million for a Whitney Houston tribute). The kudos normally air in early February but moved to January this year to avoid the Olympics. TV Guide.

All 18 Grammy performances are ranked from top to bottom in a new photo gallery. The top three are Beyonce and Jay-Z (“Drunk in Love”), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Same Love”), Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder (“Get Lucky”). At the bottom are Metallica and Lang Lang (“One”), Hunter Hayes (“Invisible”), and Lorde (“Royals”). E! Online.

Breaking Bad” spinoff series “Better Call Saul” is enlisting Jonathan Banks for the new AMC drama debuting in November. Banks played investigator and fixer Mike Ehrmantraut on the original series before being killed off near the end. The program will star Bob Odenkirk as the slimy lawyer Sual Goodman in a prequel to the events from the parent show. The Wrap.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame on April 7. The two-time Emmy winner as Best Comedy Series aired on CBS from 1996 to 2005. Cast members Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Monica Horan, and creator Phil Rosenthal will attend the Las Vegas event. Previous inductees have included “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” Betty White, and Garry Marshall. Variety.

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