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Gold Derby nuggets: Tattle on 'Nine' | 30% fewer Oscars ponies | 'Dancing With the Stars' hoofers at Emmys

September 4, 2009 |  4:24 pm

Nathaniel Rogers tattles on two test screenings of "Nine," director Rob Marshall's ("Chicago") adaptation of the Tony-winning musical starring several past Oscar champs: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard. One of his spies reports, "If anyone gets Oscar-nominated, Nine oscars it's likely to be Marion Cotillard. She has the most sympathetic role, and she pulls it off. Her first musical number is fairly low-key but it's generally moving and she pulls off a great second musical sequence. Ultimately, she's the character you care about and the one people will likely remember." The Film Experience

• "Is it accurate to suggest that the Oscars have reached something of a crisis point?" Steve Pond asks motion picture academy executive director Bruce Davis, who responds, "Yes. Clearly, it's tricky when an organization has essentially one source of income, which happens on one day a year. And in recent years we’ve been threatened both by world political situations and by the Guild negotiations. If we had a down year like the Golden Globes did (in 2008), that would be a nightmare for us, a complete disaster." The Wrap

• "The Netherlands is reconsidering its submission for consideration in Oscar's foreign-language category following warnings from producers that helmer Jean van de Velde's 'The Silent Army' may not be Dutch enough to be eligible," reports Variety.

Pete Hammond includes a startling fact in his first new installment of his Envelope blog: there will be 30% fewer late-year releases into the derby! And he wonders: Will there be lots of upheavals in the awards season ahead? Notes on a Season

• Also rebooted here at The Envelope is our blog full of news on awards and festivals, now called The Circuit.

Dancing with the stars

• "'Dancing With the Stars'' real-life sweethearts Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are waltzing their way into the Emmys," reports Marc Malkin at E! Online. "A source exclusively reveals that the husband-and-wife-to-be (they got engaged on New Year's Eve) will be performing during the big awards show Sept. 20." E! Online

• Our forums moderator Andrew Pickett, who lives in the U.K., says we shouldn't rely much on Variety's nasty review of Oscar contender "The Road." He sends us a link to the rave review in the London Independent, which insists, "John Hillcoat has made a film of power and sensitivity that works remarkably well on the big screen." Independent

Photos: Weinstein Co., ABC

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