WASHINGTON (AP) The entertainment industry is in a tizzy after the casting of two Hollywood bigwigs.
In the latest twist in the feud over the Oscars’ choice of the two best known entertainers for the ceremony, the producers of ”The Big Bang Theory” have been forced to withdraw a bid to take the lead in the Oscar race for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Instead, two of the most popular TV and movie stars are slated to take their turns in the lead roles in the ceremony: Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham.
The decision comes after months of rumors that the two would go head-to-head, with Poehler taking over from Dunham, a longtime friend.
The Oscar race is an even bigger draw in the country than the Oscars, where the biggest stars are on the same stage, and both the Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are also taking part.
The two stars who will compete for the Oscar will be the most recognizable names in Hollywood.
Poehler is best known for her breakout role as Mary Poppins’ nemesis, Amy, on ”Community,” and she also has a movie coming out this summer called ”The Boss Baby.”
She is a rising star in the comedy world, and she has the potential to be the next star of the new millennium.
She has also done a few movies with her brother and is the daughter of a TV producer, so it will be a surprise if she isn’t nominated for an Academy Award.
Lena Dunham, who has played the role of a girl on a high school campus since ”Community,”’ has starred in TV shows, movies and TV movies, most recently ”Girls,” but her big break came in 2014 when she was cast as the female lead in HBO’s ”Westworld,” the sci-fi drama based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton.
She will play the title character on ”Girls.”
But the most exciting new face in Hollywood is that of Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning actor who is a long-time friend of Dunham’s and is set to star in HBO and Netflix’s ”House of Cards” this summer.
He was nominated last year for his role in the movie ”The Game,” which will be released by Netflix on April 4.
In another twist, Lena Dunham’s producer, David E. Kelley, was forced to resign Friday after a backlash over his decision to bring her along to the Oscars ceremony, where she was not invited.
Kelley said he had reservations about the decision and would not be attending the ceremony.
The show is based on a novel by Kevin Smith and he said he will be taking part in a production of the movie.
The move comes after many months of speculation that Dunham and Spacey would compete for a lead role in what will be one of the biggest Oscar surprises of the year.
The two stars were scheduled to be at the Academy Awards, but canceled the event because they were busy with the premiere of ”Westfield,” their upcoming HBO movie.
In addition, HBO canceled a planned interview with Lena Dunham to promote ”House” and ”Girls.”’
The network said the interview was canceled because of the political climate.
A representative for Dunham said that the actress and producer are looking forward to returning to the world of television.
Lena is the youngest member of the Academy’s membership and is one of only four women in the group.
But she is not expected to be nominated for the Academy Award, given the controversy surrounding her role in a 2005 incident that led to a rape accusation.
The allegations were never proven.
She is the second actress to win the award.
In the past, the winner was Shirley MacLaine, the actor who portrayed her on ”Happy Days” and on ”The Cosby Show.”’
The new nominations came two days after the nominations were announced for the Oscars in Hollywood, where Academy voters are expected to choose their best acting and supporting actress for the year, and their best supporting actress.
The winner will be announced Saturday.
In addition to the nominations for the acting categories, the acting category is expected to receive more attention in the coming weeks.
It will be difficult for the nominees to win in the categories for the supporting actor, because the nominations are usually made a few days later.
The new awards are expected on Sunday.