The Insider: Razzies go on Fox hunt as Oscar shuns Dickey

Megan Fox (Associated Press)

Megan Fox (Associated Press)

Beauty Megan Fox, a native of Rockwood, may not be an Oscar contender, but she has a film nomination in another race. OK. That’s as far as I can sugarcoat this.

Fox is up for a Razzie Award, a satirical honor poking fun at the worst in cinema during the past year. She’s in good, er, not-so-good company: Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus are right up there with her.

Fox earned her nod for “Jonah Hex.”

Leading the nominations were “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “The Last Airbender.” The awards are handed out the night before the Academy Awards, which are set to be air next month.

In better career news, Bearden native Dale Dickey missed out on a best supporting actress trophy for “Winter’s Bone” at this year’s Academy Awards, but she was at least considered for a nod. By late Monday evening, just hours before the 2011 Oscar nominees were announced, oddsmakers were putting Dickey in the running — albeit as a long shot — for an Academy Award nomination.

She does find support from the independent film world. Dickey is up for an Independent Spirit Award, the highest honor in the world of indie films, for her role as a harden mountain woman in “Winter’s Bone.”

The film has the rare distinction of being up for best picture at the Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards this year.

And finally, we see Hollywood had no love for “Get Low,” the drama about a Roane County hermit who staged his own funeral before he died. The film, which played in theaters over the summer, was based on a true story.

“Get Low” earned no major Academy Award nominations, with shut-outs for leads Bill Murray and Robert Duvall.

-- LOOK OUT. “Glee” star Naya Rivera is already making her plans to come back to Knoxville. “I’m going to be there Labor Day weekend,” says the singer-dancer who plays the evil cheerleader Santana on the hit Fox series.

She plans to attend the football game on that Saturday, a match-up between the Vols and the Montana Grizzlies. Great game to trek all the way from Los Angeles for, right? No? Huh.

Rivera will be in the stands cheering for her brother, Vols tight end Mychal Rivera. She visited her brother in November and caught him in the game with Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Naya will be busy on “Glee” and going on tour with the cast when production is dark.

-- DANCING. Knoxville’s “Biggest Loser” contestant Ashley Johnston will put her best foot forward for Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee.

She has accepted an offer to be in the 2011 version of “Dancing with the Knoxville Stars,” which is set for Feb. 17 at the Knoxville Expo Center. Each local “star” is asked to raise money in support of their participation plus tickets sold to the event will be funneled to the hospital.

Johnston was in season nine of the NBC reality show and was — and that point — the heaviest woman in the show’s history.

Other local dignitaries dancing this year include Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Mike Griffith, WWST-FM morning personality Marc Anthony and Farmer Charlie, who’s part of the Farm Bureau’s insurance ads.

Terry Morrow may be reached at or 865-342-6445. His blog can be found at

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