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Gold Derby nuggets: Dave Karger on wide-open acting races| Sasha Stone previews BAFTAs| Will TV's 'Arrested Development' and 'Pushing Daisies' make it to big screen?

January 14, 2009 |  4:55 pm

Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly makes this astute observation about the wide-open nature of the lead acting races at the upcoming Academy Awards. "In the last five years, every eventual lead-acting Oscar winner, with the exception of "La Vie en Rose's" Marion Cotillard last year, won the Broadcast Critics award and a Golden Globe before picking up the big prize. So in a sense, all the other nine winners — Daniel Day-Lewis, Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hilary Swank, Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn — were basically foregone conclusions come Oscar night. This year, however, is a completely different story. For the first time since 2003, the BFCA winners and Globe winners were different performers in both lead-acting races." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


Sasha Stone of Awards Daily previews tomorrow's BAFTA nominations, winnowing down the long lists released last week. "It should average roughly 2/3rds what the Oscar nominations will be able. Since so many Brits have now won Oscars we can sometimes look to the BAFTA in ways we never could before. Last year’s Tilda Swinton and Marion Cotillard both won BAFTAs before they went on to win Oscars. On the other hand, "Atonement" won their Feature prize and No Country for Old Men won the Oscar. They don’t seem particularly interested in reflecting the Academy’s taste but rather, in influencing it. They used to hold their awards after the Oscars, in fact. But a few years back they positioned them before the Oscars, then the Academy pushed their own awards back a month and that caused chaos to ensue. Somehow, it keeps on chugging along anyway." AWARDS DAILY

• Guy Lodge dares to scoot out onto some thin limbs to make BAFTA predix while Kris Tapley begins to unveil his choices for best film cinematography of 2008. IN CONTENTION

• Current Grammy Award nominees Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry are the first performers announced for the upcoming Feb. 8 awardscast. Lil Wayne leads with eight nominations, four-time Grammy winner Coldplay has seven nods, while Chesney, the Jonas Brothers, and Perry each have a single nom. GRAMMYS


• The 2004 Emmy Award winning comedy series "Arrested Development" has hit a bump on the road to the big screen, according to a TV Guide interview with series star Jason Bateman. "I think Michael Cera is clearly the guy that has come out of 'Arrested Development' with a very big plate, so I think he's trying to really give some responsible thought to what makes sense for him to do with his career," he said. "The guy is 20 years old and I'm sure he doesn't want to screw up this opportunity." If Cera does not come back, it will put a damper on Hurwitz's premise for the flick. Although he toyed with the idea of a prequel, featuring a kid CG version of Cera, Hurwitz, also a producer on Sit Down, Shut Up, said his plan now is to jump ahead in time. "We're going to pick up five years later, and family dynamics change, but they also kind of stay the same," he said. "So hopefully we'll just explore where they are now." TV GUIDE

• Tony Award winner and Emmy nominated star Kristin Chenoweth had mixed news on the fate of "Pushing Daisies." As per TV Guide, "The final episodes, when and if they eventually air, won't resolve all of the plotlines on the show but show creator Bryan Fuller has an idea for a movie that would. "It would wrap up a lot of the unanswered questions that people will have once they finally air our final episodes," said the singer-actress." TV GUIDE

• One of the hot prospects for next year's Tony Awards — a musical version of "The Addams Family" — is being workshopped in Manhattan this month. This tryout stars two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as Gomez and multiple Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. Says Playbill, "With a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (librettists of the 2006 Tony Award-winning best musical, "Jersey Boys") and music and lyrics by Drama Desk award-winning composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa ("The Wild Party"), the musical is wholly original and not based on Addams Family material from other media — don't expect the TV series or the films." PLAYBILL

• Playbill is also reporting that casting is now complete for "33 Variations," the Moises Kaufman play that marks the return of Oscar winner Jane Fonda to Broadway after 45 years. Rounding out the cast of eight are Samantha Mathis and Colin Hanks. The piece marks the Broadway debut of Kaufman ("The Laramie Project") and "concerns Katherine Brandt (Jane Fonda), trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about the world's greatest composer — Beethoven. Her obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria. As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter (Mathis) and to embrace the legacy of her own life." PLAYBILL

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