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Gold Derby nuggets: Good and great news for Jude Law | Will Sandra Bullock be double Globe nominee? | Ellwood & Thompson crazy for Jeff Bridges in 'Crazy Heart'

November 5, 2009 | 12:39 pm

Jude Law Hamlet Broadway Tony Awards Entertainment News 2468097 • Hey Jude Law, don't look so sad. So what if your performance as "Hamlet" didn't make it onto Monday's long list of contenders for the Evening Standard kudos in London's West End. The Broadway transfer of the Donmar Warehouse production is a bona fide hit. Gordon Cox reports that the show already has recouped the $2.5 million capitalization with one month still to go in the limited run. As he notes, "Auds have never quite packed the house -- the highest weekly attendance figure posted so far is around 90% -- but average ticket price has been unusually high, indicating that the combination of Law and the melancholy Dane is something people are willing to shell out for." VARIETY

• And Jude, Darcel Rockett thinks the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" looks like a smash, and not just because he is a huge fan of lead Robert Downey Jr. As he says, "In the new, much juicier trailer, Watson (Jude Law) shows why he's so invaluable to his crime-solving counterpart. It's not because he's the strong, silent type." And as Darcel notes, "Check it out and you'll see why there are already talks to do a sequel starring Brad Pitt as the Great Detective's nemesis, Prof. James Moriarty, a London criminal nicknamed 'the Napoleon of crime' in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. ZAP2IT

Nicole Sperling dishes with producer Adam Shankman about pairing up two-time host Steve Martin with newcomer Alec Baldwin to emcee the Oscarcast: "The two of them have a fantastic, ongoing comic relationship, both through 'SNL' and they just did a movie together. And I know that they really adore and respect each other. Plus, I know that they’ll be hilarious. I wanted there to be extra comedy in the show. It will keep it high entertainment. People will just be really curious as to what’s going to come out of Alec Baldwin’s mouth." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Sasha Stone has compiled an intriguing wish list of five would-be Oscars contenders she hopes don't get lost in the shuffle: the screenplays of "In the Loop" and "500 Days of Summer" and the performances of Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker"), Sharlto Copley ("District 9") and Melanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds"). AWARDS DAILY

The Blind SidePete Hammond wonders whether, "this could be the year of Sandra Bullock." He touts Bullock's performance in the upcoming release "The Blind Side" -- "This could be her 'Erin Brockovich.' Just like the film that earned Julia Roberts her Oscar, this is a true life story about Leigh Anne Tuohy, an unstoppable force of nature who persuades her very white Southern family to take in a virtually homeless African American teen named Michael Oher (played by newcomer Quinton Aaron)." And Pete thinks, "It's entirely possible Bullock could even end up with two Golden Globe nominations this year if all the cards line up, one for actress in a comedy or musical for 'The Proposal' and one for actress in a drama for 'The Blind Side.' And in the ever-fluid lineup of best actress Oscar candidates this year she has a real shot if Warners gets it out there to the acting community. NOTES ON A SEASON

• That sassy Dave Karger remembers that three years ago his EW colleague Owen Gleiberman -- who gave an 'A' to "Precious" -- thought the director's first feature -- "Shadowboxer" -- merited a mere 'F.' As Dave observes, "If there were an Oscar for Most Improved Director, Daniels would be a lock. A nomination for plain old Best Director may just have to suffice." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• The 41st annual NAACP Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium with the kudocast airing live on Fox. Nominations for this awards show which "recognizes the artistic achievements of people of color while honoring projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts" will be announced in L.A. on Jan. 6. NAACP

Crazy Heart 2Greg Ellwood was wowed by Jeff Bridges' performance as down-on-his luck country singer Bad Blake in Wednesday's screening of "Crazy Heart." The pic -- from first-time director Scott Cooper -- could be a late entry for Fox Searchlight in this year's Oscar derby. And says Greg, "the film's biggest asset is Bridges' charismatic and multi-layered performance as Blake. This easily could have slipped into caricature, but Bridges makes Bad an incredibly real and sympathetic figure (even with all his faults)." HIT FIX

Anne Thompson was equally impressed with Bridges: "Like Nic Cage in 'Leaving Las Vegas' (which won him the best actor Oscar), Bridges lets it all hang out as a raging alcoholic who you care about." Adds Anne, "Bridges makes the most of playing musician Bad Blake: the role takes advantage of Bridges’ guitar-playing and singing (he’s performed songs in six of his movies). With engaging stars and an accessible country soundtrack (with five original songs) supervised by T. Bone Burnett, the movie has commercial potential between the coasts, with or without the Oscar." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

• With all the attention paid to the Oscars, it is easy to forget that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences works year-round to promote and preserve films. On Wednesday, the academy foundation announced $450,000 in grants to two dozen film festivals around the country. As the academy notes, "While the grants are awarded for a variety of festival programs, organizers are encouraged to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public." AMPAS


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Photo credits, from top: Donmar Warehouse; Warner Bros.; Fox Searchlight

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