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Awards Mania

TV Academy Under Fire for Red Carpet Antics

DaytimeEmmysWe did not catch any of the Webcast-only Daytime Emmy pre-show festivities over the weekend. And after reading TVLine editor-at-large Matt Webb Mitovich‘s scathing summary, we’re extra glad about that:

When it was announced that this year’s Daytime Emmys would be streamed online (and not broadcast), surely no one imagined that the accompanying red carpet pre-show would set the bar so unacceptably low, with an interview team that would lob rape “jokes,” talk about “go[ing] lesbian” for one actress and quite possibly not recognize more than five of the people they spoke to.

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NYT Trails Tony Awards Publicist Rick Miramontez

Gotta sing! Gotta promote! That could be the chorus for Patrick Healy‘s fun look in the New York Times at what goes into keeping Tony Awards prospects hot.

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It’s also why a guy like Rick Miramontez gives complimentary tickets for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to a doll like Liza Minnelli:

Minnelli followed him backstage where, minutes later, she greeted the show’s star, Jessie Mueller, a Tony nominee for Best Actress in a Musical…

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Oscars ‘Pizza Guy’ Turns Around Quick Hollywood Sequel

Right now, the media attention is LA-local. But as the official grand opening of Edgar Martirosyan‘s Silver Lake pizza joint Wood gets closer, expect to see growing national coverage. Not to mention some sort of appearance on Ellen.

Martirosyan’s decision to expand from a Big Mama’s and Papa’s franchise to something more ambitious is the culinary equivalent of an Oscar winner losing their agent, manager and-or suddenly-way-too-old-looking Significant Other. In Tinseltown, you’ve got to seize the moment whenever you can. Carpaccio Diem!

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When Rob Reiner Met the Future, Second Mrs. Reiner

ShutterstockRobReinerMichelleSingerWe’ve been reading and greatly enjoying the various write-ups about Rob Reiner‘s receipt on Monday night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. And to veteran New York journalist Paula Schwartz goes the FishbowlNY prize for most entertaining and exhaustive such summary, shared via the website reellifewithjane.com.

It’s not quite the how-to-fake-an-orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally… But as Schwartz recounts, there were some memorable real-life fireworks during the making of the rom-com, courtesy of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld:

Also during that shoot, Sonnenfeld introduced Reiner to his future wife, Michele Singer, a photographer. He thought they would make a perfect couple and on a double date, he heard Reiner tell Michele, who smoked cigarettes, “You know, you really shouldn’t smoke. It’s not good for your health.” Reiner’s future wife countered, “And you shouldn’t be so f***ing fat.”

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THR’s Scott Feinberg Joins the EGOT Ranks

ScottFeinbergTwitterProfilePicWhen it comes to the Emmys, Golden Globes Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, the rarest feat of all is what’s known as an EGOT, e.g. winning all four prizes. Earlier this year, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the youngest member of this club with a Best Original Song Oscar win for “Let It Go” together with his wife Kristina Anderson-Lopez. Other EGOT champs include Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch and Mel Brooks.

Joining them in spirit this week is Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg. Ahead of this morning’s Tony awards nominations announcement, Feinberg tweeted that he is relocating to New York through early June to chronicle the theater kudos. From Feinberg’s inaugural 2014 Tonys beat column:

I recognize that the Tonys are a very different beast than the Oscars and the Emmys. Few people ever see all – or even most – of the contenders due to geography, cost and timing. The ceremony is not preceded by months of festivals and award shows that offer hints about how things will pan out. And the nominees and winners are not determined by thousands of voters, but rather very few.

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Willy Wonka and the Strange Oscar Night References

A lot of folks were puzzled last night on Twitter during the Oscars when the show orchestra, from several miles away at Capitol Records, played off Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o with the song “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s the ditty Gene Wilder intones when his group of visitors first catches a glimpse of the magical candy kingdom.

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A Gaggle of Oscar-Winning Producers

There are all sorts of fascinating group-snippets in the video below, shot by The Hollywood Reporter during a recent gathering of dozens of Academy Award-winning and nominated producers at the home of Robert Evans.

All these years later, Frank Marshall alongside Quincy Jones still can’t get over the fact that the Academy honored The Color Purple with 11 nominations but skipped director Steven Spielberg. Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. try to remember how they first met. And Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), with father Ivan next to him, details some unusual dynamics:

“I remember the first time I gave a screenplay to my dad – he was basically the first person to read it – he said, ‘Jason, this is a plotless screenplay.’ You can’t be so afraid of plot.’… It’s a very tricky line when your father is your producer and he has to find that moment of when is he being your father and when is he being a producer.”

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A Sure Thing: Ellen DeGeneres and Oscar Prop Bets

The only problem with Jimmy Kimmel‘s brilliant proposal last night is that Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres is in absolutely no need of extra cash. But if she were, she might definitely take up her ABC-TV Academy Awards broadcast mate on his crafty idea.

Kimmel told Ellen she is in the perfect position to bet, through an anonymous middleman like Guillermo, on prop wagers like these:

  • Will Ellen wear a dress during the show?
  • What will be the color of the first suit Ellen wears on stage?
  • Will Pink and Bette Midler perform a duet?

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Oscar Bloggers Get Biblical Treatment from New York Magazine

GoldDerbyLogoThe marquee sit-down took place at Musso and Frank, one of the very few remaining vestiges on Hollywood Blvd. of Tinseltown’s Golden Age. However, despite writer Boris Kachka‘s description of Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone as the Oscar blogging realm’s respective Adam and Eve, the professional picture painted seems a far cry from the Garden of Eden. More like a den of inequity.

According to Kachka, for those who make up this “motley and contentious” bunch, “no film buzz is too preliminary or perfunctory.” The writer raises with Pete Hammond a conflict-of-interest that has become fairly entrenched and carries his cheeky Old Testament allegory to the next, illogical level:

If Stone and O’Neil were the Adam and Eve of Oscar blogging, frenemies David Poland and Jeffrey Wells were its Cain and Abel. (Which one was Cain depends on whom you ask.) Poland started Movie City News in 2002 and began broadcasting his jaundiced perspective…

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Thanks to Billy Bush, Olympic Announcers Gliding from Russian Rink to Red Carpet

JohnnyWeirTaraLipinskyThe massive media attention paid during the Sochi Winter Olympics to Bob Costas‘ eye problems and replacement-duty by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira obscured another worthy performance: Billy Bush. The Access Hollywood host was sensationally smooth and entertaining throughout and now, for his Oscar weekend duties, is bringing a piece of the Olympics with him.

Per a report by LA Times film reporter Amy Kaufman, it is thanks to Bush that the post-Oscar episodes of the entertainment news magazine will have a very unlikely additional fashion critic duoJohnny Weir and Tara Lipinski:

Bush was the one who suggested the skating experts move their act from the ice rink to the red carpet. While conducting an interview with Weir in Russia, he suddenly had a stroke of inspiration, said Rob Silverstein, the entertainment show’s executive producer.

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