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• First Facebook fans petitioned to have Betty White host "Saturday Night Live." Now, following her critically praised appearance Saturday that earned the late-night staple its best ratings in 18 months, there are online campaigns to have her host the Oscars and the Emmys. At this point, Facebook followers are opting for Betty White to emcee moviedom's biggest night rather than TV's top kudos by a ratio of 20 to 1. While White has made memorable appearances in movies as of late, most notably as Sandra Bullock's sassy grandmother in last year's smash hit "The Proposal," her connection with television dates back to an appearance on an experimental Los Angeles channel in 1939. Since then, White has conquered every aspect of the medium, including hosting five hours of live TV per day in the 1950s and guesting on countless game shows in the 1960s — such as "Password," where she met her husband, host Allen Ludden — and starring in classic sitcoms of the 1970s ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and 1980s ("The Golden Girls"). More recently, White has cornered the market on crazy-as-a-fox guest roles. Along the way, White won four of her 16 prime-time Emmy nominations as well as a daytime Emmy for hosting the game show "Just Men!" and even a local one for her first sitcom, "Life With Elizabeth."
• There's a Betty White cliffhanger looming over the Daytime Emmy nominations, which will be unveiled Wednesday morning on "CBS Early Show." Will Betty be nominated for best supporting drama actress for her role as nasty mother of Stephanie (Susan Flannery) on "The Bold & the Beautiful"? Probably. It was the most powerful plot line on "B&B" this past year, especially when Betty's character died in Stephanie's arms. That episode is what was submitted to judges evaluating the award for best drama series too.
• Lady Gaga was unable to attend the Echo Awards in March, so she accepted her three trophies at her Berlin concert last night. USA TODAY
• Looks like the Emmy Award for main title music will be handed out at least one more time now that the music branch has nixed a proposal by the academy's board of governors to bounce the kudo. The vote was 36 in favor of replacing this award with one for music in nonfiction programming and 85 opposed. Last year's winner was John Williams for the theme to "Great Performances."
• Oscar champ Helen Mirren ("The Queen") has joined an even more exclusive club with the installation of her waxwork at Madame Tussaud's in London. As noted in the announcement of this new addition to the fabled collection of famous fakes, "Her figure resides in our A-List Party area and has a sophisticated look, dressed in a floor-length black dress by Asprey, which she kindly donated. The gown was originally worn at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards and is teamed with black six inch heels." Among the other Oscar winners on display are George Clooney ("Syriana"), Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love"), Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") and Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich"). And just down the hall are representations of the British royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II.
• Taylor Swift had a double does of good news on Tuesday. First, she landed three nominations at the 9th annual CMT Music Awards. Then came word that she will be feted at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on June 17 in Gotham. The bestselling songbird pens many of her tunes and will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award. Phil Collins and music producer Phil Ramone also will receive special awards at the event. Inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel, Philip Bailey and Maurice White.
• A quintet of Tony nominees — Barbara Cook ("Sondheim on Sondheim"), Viola Davis ("Fences"), Sean Hayes ("Promises, Promises"), Liev Schreiber ("A View From the Bridge") and Christopher Walken ("A Behanding in Spokane") — will be presenters at the 76th edition of the Drama League Awards on May 15. This organization, which fetes the year's best play and musical as well as revivals of each genre, is unique among the theater awards in that it also hands out just one prize for distinguished performance. Last year, Geoffrey Rush won this honor several weeks before taking the Tony for his leading performance in the play "Exit the King." This year, 57 actors are competing for the award first given to Katharine Cornell in 1935. They range from A (Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur") to Z (Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music"). Two other nominees — "Ugly Betty" costars Michael Urie ("The Temperamentals") and Vanessa Williams ("Sondheim on Sondheim") — are co-hosting the festivities. This year's winners will be the first to receive the newly designed award. David Moritz and his team at Society Awards crafted this new keepsake.
Top photo: Betty White with her local Emmy for "Life With Elizabeth" in 1951. Credit: Los Angeles Herald.
Middle photo: Helen Mirren meets "Helen Mirren." Credit: Madame Tussaud's.
Bottom photo: Drama League trophy. Credit: Drama League.