Gold Derby nuggets: 'The Dark Knight' music out of tune with Oscars | 'Gomorrah' going for the gold | Ellen DeGeneres won't host Oscarcast again
• "The Dark Knight" may be contending in a slew of categories come Oscar time, but it looks like it is out of the running for its musical score. Variety reports that the exec committee of the academy's music branch has disqualified the film for consideration because five names were listed on the submission. The committee rejected the argument that the two main composers — Hans Zimmer, who is one for seven at the Oscars ("The Lion King," 1994), and seven-time nominee James Newton Howard — be eligible just as it did when this same group came before them in 2005 for "Batman Begins." Variety
• A decade after Italy's "Life Is Beautiful" won three Oscars, including best actor for Roberto Benigni, comes news that "Gomorrah," their entry in this year's foreign film race, is also hoping to compete across the board. To that end, the film about the nation's modern-day crime families — which won the grand prize at Cannes after losing the golden palm to "The Class" — is being released in L.A. in December to qualify for academy consideration. As producer Domenico Procacci tells Variety, "I know it's a long shot, but I think the film deserves it." Variety
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• Michael Riedel of the New York Post reports that Tony Awards telecast producer Elizabeth McCann has been bounced from the show after eight years. It seems the powers that be who oversee these top theater kudos — the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing — think they can do at least as good a job and without the million-dollar payday to McCann. But be warned — Reidel says he will be keeping a close watch on the quality of this kudoscast that often walks away with an Emmy or two. New York Post
• Two years ago, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars to mixed reviews. Though she picked up an Emmy nod for her efforts (she lost to Tony Bennett), don't expect her to try again any time soon. While promoting her upcoming TV variety special, DeGeneres told Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel: "It's just a lot of work, and it's a lot of pressure, and there is so much going on in my life now that I probably wouldn't do it again." Orlando Sentinel
• One awards group doesn't seem to mind Mickey Rourke's recent gay slur: the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will give "The Wrestler" star is American Riviera Award on Jan. 30. Previous honorees: Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.
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