Gold Derby nuggets: Oscar odds on 'Where the Wild Things Are' and 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' | Award shows shun Jon Gosselin | Easy Oscar crash courses
• Dave Karger is more optimistic than most pundits about the Oscar odds of "Where the Wild Things Are" sneaking into the best-picture race, saying, "It may not be a complete lock like 'Precious' or 'Up in the Air,' but with 10 slots, I'm liking its chances." EW OSCAR WATCH
• Steve Pond isn't so wild about "Wild's" Oscar odds: "At the moment I'd say it’s a best-pic longshot that could be a player in art direction and effects categories; if it continues a strong run at the box office, the higher profile and prestige reviews could boost those chances."
Eye-balling the odds of rival "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Pond observes, "Clearly, its best bet is in the animated feature category, but it’ll likely be a longshot unless the category expands from three to five nominees." THE ODDS
• Kate Gosselin isn't the only one who spurns Jon, according to Courtney Hazlett, who reports,"The reality-show dad reportedly has approached awards shows with requests to appear as a presenter, and has been turned down by at least two productions, according to producers. And while Gosselin was asking for appearance fees in the $30,000 range as recently as September, he’s now offering to present for free, asking only to have travel and accommodations covered.
"'There was absolutely no interest in having him be a part of our show, no matter how much it was not going to cost us,' said one producer. 'He thinks he can attach himself to any project that has cameras. I guess he doesn’t realize that the world is not his personal reality show.'" MSNBC
• Psssst ... wanna quick crash course to prep for the new Oscars derby? Check out the excellent, info-packed photo galleries at HitFix, written by Greg Ellwood. Here are the links for the rundowns on best picture, lead actor and lead actress.
• In honor of Hollyween, Paul Gaita hails the first of his special series focusing on award-winning and nominated horror and suspense films and television programs, starting with "The Jar" episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." THE CIRCUIT
• Pete Hammond dissects the Oscars' race for best foreign-language film, 'splaining how the process works (that wacky breakdown of four color-coded viewing groups, etc.) NOTES ON A SEASON
• Anne Thompson is "surprised by the film industry and the media’s continued willingness to give a free pass to entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu’s Hollywood Film Festival, a cannily constructed facade that honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of de Abreu." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD
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