People: Bob Newhart, Miss America, Christian Borle, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Pink
September 16, 2013 9:45 PM
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Miss New York Nina Davuluri poses for photographers following her crowning as Miss America 2014 on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J.
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The Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday got mostly the behind-the-scenes awards out of the way in what the Los Angeles Times called "a grueling 3.5 hours," when the HBO's flashy "Behind the Candelaba" won eight award for the glamorous Liberace biopic. Stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon go head-to-head as lead actor when the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes play this coming Sunday.
The Tony Awards, hosted by Emmys emcee Neil Patrick Harris, and HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" each took home four awards.
Seven-time nominee Bob Newhart got a heartfelt standing ovation, the L.A. Times reported, when he was awarded his first Emmy -- as best guest actor in a comedy for his appearance on the "The Big Bang Theory."
Hiro Koda, stunt coordinator for the filmed-in-Pittsburgh "Supah Ninjas," a Nickelodeon show, was honored for stunt coordination for a comedy series or variety program. And Netflix had an initial Emmys moment, as "House of Cards" won best cast in a drama.
Director Steven Soderbergh thanked his mom during his acceptance speech for "Behind the Candelabra," and "Scandal's" Dan Bucatinsky, best guest actor in a drama series, almost broke down in tears while acknowledging his on-screen husband and his real-life husband and thanking the Supreme Court for the honor, the L.A. Times reported.
New Miss America Nina Davuluri will start the first day of her reign the same way most of her predecessors did ??? with a frolic in the Atlantic City surf.
At a press conference Monday at Boardwalk Hall, where she became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the crown Sunday night, the 24-year-old Syracuse N.Y., native said she wants to become a doctor. A planned visit to the scene of last week???s devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights was canceled when pageant officials realized it would interfere with a rebuilding meeting set for the same time.
Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, said he was thrilled it all played out in Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas. "This is where we belong," he told The Associated Press. "This is the home of Miss America, and this is where we???re going to stay."
The pageant started in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourism season for an extra weekend.
Also Monday, the new Miss America found herself the subject of racist tweeters, according to USA Today reports. Twitter was flush with attacks on the fact that she is the first woman of Indian descent to win the pageant and wear the crown. Buzzfeed.com collected many of them and some have already been deleted, USA Today said, but Davuluri brushed off any negativity in her first news conference after winning the crown. "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," she told AP.
"I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."
Davuluri also said she was proud of her talent portion of the show. "It's the first time Bollywood has ever been performed on the Miss America stage and it's such an honor for myself, my family and the Indian community, as well."
NBC has added some top talent to its live broadcast Dec. 5 of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music": Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Fox Chapel's Christian Borle, who will play Borle, Max Dettweiler. He starred in the NBC series "Smash" and won a Tony for his performance in "Peter and the Starcatcher." Beth McCarthy-Miller and (Point Park's) Rob Ashford will serve as directors.
McDonald, who has won five Tonys and two Grammys, will portray Mother Abbess and Benanti, who will play Elsa Schrader, won a Tony for "Gypsy." Six-time Grammy Award-winner and former "American Idol" Carrie Underwood is set to star as Maria and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") will play Capt. Georg Von Trapp.
E! News has reported that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have really, truly ended their almost four-year relationship.
The split was "Miley's decision, after coming to grips with Liam what she believed was less than faithful to her," sources told E!. The two were last spotted together on Aug. 8 at the red carpet premiere of Hemsworth's film, "Paranoia." The Aussie actor was absent during her provocative MTV-VMA performance a few weeks later.
Cyrus met "The Hunger Games" star in 2009, on the set of "The Last Song," and the pair became engaged last year. The couple also briefly called it quits in August 2010 before getting back together.
Billboard will hand its Woman of the Year Award to pop singer Pink at its 2013 Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City.
Billboard.com said the distinction will cap off an exciting year for the woman born Alecia Moore, who scored her fourth No. 1 single on the Hot 100 earlier this year with "Just Give Me a Reason," a duet with Fun.'s Nate Ruess.