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Gold Derby nuggets: ADG: No nod for 'Nine' | DGA TV noms: Mad for 'Mad Men' | WGA preview

January 8, 2010 |  2:53 pm

• The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 14th annual awards fest on Feb. 13. The period pictures in contention are: "A Serious Man," "Inglourious Basterds," "Julie & Julia," "Public Enemies" and "Sherlock Holmes."  ADG awardFantasy film nominees are: "Avatar," "District 9," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Star Trek" and "Where the Wild Things Are." Contemporary movies in the running are: "Angels & Demons," "The Hangover," "The Hurt Locker," "The Lovely Bones" and "Up in the Air." While "Nine" did not nab a nod, last year's Oscar nominees included only two of the five ADG choices for period production design -- "Changeling" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- and just one of the five fantasy nominees -- "The Dark Knight." "Benjamin Button" won with both groups. In 2007, the Oscar slate included four of the ADG period nominees and one from the fantasy front. "Sweeney Todd" won the Oscar while "There Will Be Blood" took the ADG period prize. ADG

Pete Hammond reports, "Five distributors have decided to pop for about $200,000 each to send their screeners to the entire approximately 94,000-person membership of SAG in order to try to give their nominees a leg up. This is a pricey proposition, but SAG members should be aware before voting that they are about to receive specially pressed copies of  'Up In The Air,' 'Julie And Julia,' which landed Meryl Streep a best actress nod, along with ensemble cast nominees 'Inglorious Basterds,' 'An Education' and 'Precious.'" NOTES ON A SEASON

• Re-elected head of the TV academy John Shaffner talks to Nellie Andreeva about the challenges ahead. As Nellie notes, "While the academy is open to any ideas about new distribution partners for the Emmys," Shaffner told her, "we're looking forward to work with our traditional broadcast partners." And she adds, "As for the ceremony itself, for now there are no plans to repeat last year's failed attempt to pull some categories from the live broadcast. 'The goal is to build on the success of last year,' Shaffner said, noting that the academy was looking to keep several elements, including the 'generalization' of the telecast, where award categories are grouped by genre. Additionally, 'we are really going to focus on the year-in-review packages; they are an opportunity for the audience to come together.'" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Lane Brown updates the weekly "Oscar Futures" to reflect the recent guild nominations and finds that the best picture chances for "A Serious Man" are down -- "Nine's omission we can understand, we guess, but why was this snubbed for a PGA nod in favor of 'District 9' and 'Star Trek'?" while Lee Daniels is up -- "His surprise DGA nod (the first one ever for an African American director) bodes well here." NEW YORK

DGA logo • The DGA followed up Thursday's unveiling of feature film nominees with a full slate of eight races for TV helmers. "Mad Men" dominated the drama category with three nods while "Glee" grabbed two on the comedy side, including a nomination for Paris Barclay, who also reaped a bid for directing the drama "In Treatment." In making the announcement, DGA President Taylor Hackford said, "Television directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television. The DGA Awards highlight the most outstanding examples of excellence in television each year, and our 41 nominees in eight categories have distinguished themselves with creative, compelling projects that entertained and informed a diverse worldwide audience. Congratulations to all of them." The kudos will be handed out at the 62nd annual DGA Awards dinner on Jan. 30. DGA

• There will be 15 scientific and technical achievements honored at the academy's annual awards fest on Feb. 20. As per the news release, "achievements receiving scientific and technical awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2009. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures." Five of these fall under the category of technical achievement and will receive a certificate while 10 are scientific and engineering achievements and will receive a plaque. AMPAS

• The Motion Picture Sound Editors are feting Larry Singer with a life achievement prize at their annual kudos fest Feb. 20. As per the announcement: "In this 57-year-old organization, Mr. Singer will be the first ADR supervisor to be presented with this award. 'Working closely with the director and actors, the ADR supervisor, with its subtleties, helps to capture and breathe life into the intent of each project. The MPSE is honored to present such a virtuoso as Larry Singer with this award,' said MPSE President Bobbi Banks." Singer's film credits include "Saving Private Ryan," "Back to the Future" and "Terms of Endearment." MPSE

Wga-awardSteve Pond continues his ace reporting on the eligibility of Oscar contenders for the various guild awards. As Steve writes about Monday's WGA nominations, "What, you might wonder, is eligible? Here’s the answer: 47 adapted screenplays (compared with 153 that qualified for the Academy Awards) and 36 original screenplays (as opposed to 106 Oscar contenders)." Among those not in the running: the original screenplays of "Adam," "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces," "Capitalism: A Love Story," "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," "Moon," "Trucker" and "The White Ribbon" as well as the adapted screenplays of "Angels & Demons," "Coco Before Chanel," "The Damned United," "Everybody’s Fine," "The Men Who Stare at Goats," "Red Cliff," "That Evening Sun" and "A Woman in Berlin." THE ODDS

• And as Sasha Stone writes, "The WGA has shut out many of the year’s most acclaimed screenplays. But that doesn’t mean that those scripts won’t then be represented at the Oscars" for as Sasha notes, "last year, oddly enough, only 'Milk' was nominated for and won the WGA and then went on to be nominated for and to win the Oscar for original screenplay. All of the other four were not nominated." Sasha says, "This year shouldn’t be too hard to call with so many taken out of the pool. There are some we can be sure are locks in this category -- 'A Serious Man,' 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air.' They are locks and front-runners for the WGA, which will make them locks and front-runners for Oscar. The winners of these will likely be 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Up in the Air.' This will likely repeat at the Oscars." AWARDS DAILY

• Oscarologist Jack Mathews and indieWire’s Anne Thompson discuss the PGA nominations and answer the question, "Do such sci-fi movies as 'District 9' and 'Star Trek,' which made the PGA’s 10-best ballot, really belong in the Oscar Hunt?" THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

James Hibberd reports that Showtime has given a go to the dramedy "The C Word," albeit with the new title "The Big C." This will be the first regular series gig for three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney, who "plays a suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis forces her to shake up her life, finding hope and humor." As per the statement from Showtime President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt, "Laura Linney is the consummate actor and producer, and we're thrilled she has chosen to come to Showtime in this extraordinary series. The character and her journey are complex, requiring layered nuances of comedy and drama which I believe no one else could do better than Laura. And she's surrounded by a gifted ensemble of actors who will bring this show vividly to life." Oliver Platt ("Huff") plays her husband while Gabby Sidibe ("Precious") is one of her students. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Top photo: Art Directors Guild award. Credit: ADG. Middle photo: Directors Guild of America logo. Credit: DGA. Bottom photo: Writers Guild of America award Credit: WGA

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