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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscars news roundup | Soul Train Awards keep chuggin' | Showtime streams for guild voters

October 8, 2009 |  6:36 pm

• A lovely new poster is out touting "The Lovely Bones," the upcoming thriller from director Peter Jackson who pulled off a feat at an Oscars past that youThe lovely bones may have heard about: his "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" tied the record held by "Titantic" and "Ben-Hur" for snagging the most hardware (11 statuettes). In fact, "Lord's" sweep was probably superior because the film went undefeated. 

Steve Pond of The Wrap weighs the Oscars potential of "Up in the Air" ("it certainly deserves a best picture nomination"), "Broken Embraces" (a nice "funhouse" ride without much Oscar hope), "Trucker" ("Michelle Monaghan is a longshot in the best-actress category") and "Young Victoria" ("its chances lie in the crafts categories"). THE ODDS

• "There's a good chance the best animated feature category could jump from three to five nominees for the first time since 2002, the only year to feature more than three contenders since it was created in 2001," reports Pete Hammond. NOTES ON A SEASON

• Now that the European Film Awards have announced their nominees for best documentary, Anne Thompson checked in A.J. Schnack of All These Wonderful Things to survey the Oscar doc derby too. "We both feel that the doc race is wide open this year, with fewer obvious front-runners," she says. THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

• "I just got word that the Weinstein Co. has officially moved Rob Marshall's musical Oscar contender 'Nine' from its currently scheduled release date of November 29 to a limited release on December 18 in New York and Los Angeles and will then go wide on December 25," reports Brad Brevet. ROPE OF SILICON

• "Brush up on your Bus Stop and Itch and Scratch, because the Soul Train Awards are slated to return to the airwaves on Nov. 29," reports Paul Gaita here at The Envelope. "The ceremony, created by the legendary Don Cornelius to honor the best in R&B music, has been absent from television since 2007; the 2009 awards will be broadcast on Centric, a new channel jointly owned by BET and MTV." THE CIRCUIT

• Following up on the success Showtime experienced with Emmy voters checking out its contenders on line, the pay channel is streaming "Dexter," "Weeds," "Californication," "United States of Tara" and its other programs for members of other award groups like the producers, writers and screen actors guilds. In the past six weeks, the expanded kudos website has logged more than 15,000 views. SHOWTIME FYC SCREENING ROOM

Showtime FYC Screening room

Photos: Paramount, Showtime

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