News Nuggets: Will it be Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong’o winning the Oscar?

Michael Hogan and Christopher Rosen backtrack somewhat on their recent comments that this Oscar season is “boring,” especially regarding the race for Best Supporting Actress. They believe it is a dead-heat between Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle“) and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”). Lawrence now has the BAFTA “upset” and the Golden Globe. Nyong’o won the SAG and Critic’s Choice. With Lawrence “basically gone into hiding” in recent weeks, her anti-campaign might be helping her more than expected. Vanity Fair.

Sasha Stone asks if there has “ever been a year like this one where one movie keeps winning Best Picture but not Best Director.” That certainly seems to be the case with “12 Years a Slave” and Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity.” Looking at the Oscars relating back to the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild, she discusses “In the Heat of the Night” vs. “The Graduate” (1967) and “Driving Miss Daisy” vs. “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989). Awards Daily.

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will be back to host ABC’s pre-Oscar special “Red Carpet Live” on March 2. Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, will also interview celebrities arriving for the ceremony. This will be the ffith time for Roberts, who had just returned from medical leave at this same time last year. Media Bistro.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway are now confirmed as the next announced presenters at this year’s Oscar ceremony on March 2. Jennifer Lawrence was confirmed on Friday. As last year’s winners, it is assumed Day-Lewis and Lawrence are presenting the lead Academy Awards and Hathaway the supporting actor trophy to this year’s champs. No word yet on supporting winner Christoph Waltz returning yet. The Wrap.

Hot on the Oscars campaign trail, nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) appear on Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio” this week. Adams tears up when discussing her former co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman on this Wednesday’s episode. McConaughey discusses his career resurgence on Thursday. E! Online.

Mel Brooks will remember his former boss Sid Caesar with a special appearance on “Conan” this Tuesday. Caesar passed away last week after a lengthy television and film career. He was the star of “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” in the 1950s, and Brooks was one of the members of his writing staff. Click here to watch an hour-long chat from last fall between Brooks and Conan O’Brien here. Entertainment Weekly.

George Clooney and his team from “The Monuments Men” are headed to the White House on Tuesday. President Barack Obama will screen the World War II film at a closed-press evening event. The movie has earned over $46 million since its early February debut. Clooney is a long-time supporter of Obama, raising over $15 million for him during his re-election bid in 2012. Deadline.

With three Best Picture nominees in the past four years, Sight and Sound polls David O. Russell for the 10 films that influenced him the most. They are (in alphabetical order): “Blue Velvet” (David Lynch), “Chinatown” (Roman Polanski), “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (Luis Bunuel), “The Godfather” (Francis Ford Coppola), “Goodfellas” (Martin Scorsese), “Groundhog Day” (Harold Ramis), “It’s a Wonderful LIfe” (Frank Capra), “Pulp Fiction” (Quentin Tarantino), “Raging Bull” (Scorsese), “Vertigo” (Alfred Hitchcock), and “Young Frankenstein” (Mel Brooks). Thompson on Hollywood.

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