Gold Derby nuggets: Oscars for 'Twilight: New Moon'? | Danes challenge Brit rule at International Emmys | 'Jerusalem' wins Evening Standard prize | Marley takes a bite out of 'canine Oscars'
• "Let's give young people a chance to win some Oscars!" roars a fan of "Twilight: New Moon." "It's time for a change." Never mind that film critics drove a stake through the loving heart of the box-office smasheroo ($140 million opening weekend), giving it only a score of 44 at Metacritic. MTV wonders, "Is it possible that a vastly more inclusive Oscar race could welcome Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's vampire saga to its esteemed contest?"
• Of course, again, as usual, British TV swept the International Emmys, this time winning five awards, but the Danes scored a significant victory in the race for best TV drama series. "'The Protectors' won out over four other international dramas, including acclaimed British production ‘Spooks,’" boasts the Copenhagen Post. "'The Protectors' follows a group of intelligence officers acting as bodyguards to high-level Danish politicians and has proved popular for public broadcaster DR. Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrøm have previously won the same honour for their two previous police dramas – 'Rejseholdet' ('Unit One') and 'Ørnen' ('The Eagle'), in 2002 and 2005 respectively." The Associated Press has the full list of winners, including the first-ever victory for Brazil.
• The Olivier Award may be London's equivalent to Broadway's Tony Award, but there's another highly prestigious theater prize. It's bestowed by the top-selling local newspaper, the Evening Standard. The award focuses primarily on plays and is judged by a panel of theater critics. It's helped to launch many plays across the Atlantic, such as past champs "The History Boys," "Copenhagen" and Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," "The Invention of Love" and "Rock 'n' Roll." This year the prize for best play was just presented at the Royal Opera House to "Jerusalem," a three-hour-plus black comedy by Jez Butterworth. It also won best actor for Mark Rylance (recent Tony champ for "Boeing-Boeing") for portraying a tax-dodging stoner. Rachel Weisz won best actress for playing Blanche DuBois in Donmar Warehouse's revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." EVENING STANDARD
• Twenty-five tunes have just been added to the 851 recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The selected recordings range from 1923's "Dipper Mouth Blues" by King Oliver & His Jazz Band to 1977's "Birdland" by Weather Report. Other recordings also chosen this year include Louis Armstrong's "Lazy River," the Beach Boys' "California Girls," James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World," George's Carlin's "Class Clown," the Doors' "Riders on the Storm," Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," and Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Catch A Fire." Other artists with selections include the Isley Brothers, Bo Diddley, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Mahalia Jackson, Harry James & His Orchestra, Janis Joplin, Johnny Mercer, Jelly Roll Morton and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
• Lady Gaga says she's being treated unfairly by the Grammys. POP & HISS
• Let's clarify category confusion at the Golden Globes. Contrary to cyber-rumor, Peter Saarsgard is going supporting for "An Education" in the film acting races. There was scuttlebutt that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. wanted to hike him to lead, but that's not true, according to a rep for Sony Pictures Classics. On the TV side, Fox informs Gold Derby that the only female star of "Glee" who is going lead in the comedy/musical category is Lea Michele.
• The title star of "Marley & Me" is one of the top winners of the Fido Awards, the canine world's equivalent to the Oscars, which hail the best doggone moments in 2009 flicks. Other top dogs include the four-legged stars of "Up," "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "Fish Tank" and "The Young Victoria." LONDON GUARDIAN
• Speaking of cyber-rumors, don't believe the claim that "Two Lovers," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow, isn't eligible at the Oscars because it was made available by HDNet for video on demand prior to its release in theaters. A rep for Magnolia Pictures tells Gold Derby, "There was an L.A. County qualifying run the week of January 9th, prior to the VOD date."
• Kudos competition: ABC's American Music Awards outperformed CBS’ 2009 Emmy Awards in adults 18-49. TVBYTHENUMBERS
• Tennessee Williams received Oscar nominations for screenplays twice ("A Streetcar Named Desire," "Pretty Baby"). Now there's hope he can return to the derby posthumously, 26 years after his death for "Loss of a Teardrop Diamond." Trailer can now be viewed exclusively at . . . COMINGSOON.NET
• Hollywood Reporter's Roger Friedman is raving about the stage production of "Dreamgirls," debuting now at the Apollo Theater before going on national tour. He roars, "From the reaction last night, the producers had better get a Broadway theater and move in before the Tony deadline of April 29, 2010. The revival of Michael Bennett’s 'Supremes'-like musical is simply a smash, making stars of unknowns like Maya Angela and Chester Gregory." SHOWBIZ 411
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