Gold Derby nuggets: Reaction to PGA noms | Jeff Bridges on Oscar nods 1 to 4 | Green Day on Grammys (and Tonys?)
• Reviewing the PGA nominations, Dave Karger wonders, "What if 'Avatar,' 'District 9' and 'Star Trek' all repeat and score Oscar nominations for Best Picture? Could 'Avatar,' which is widely considered to be the frontrunner at this point, actually be hurt by all the sci-fi love? It certainly seems logical that James Cameron’s opus would lose more votes to 'District' and 'Trek' than it would to, say, smaller indies like 'A Serious Man' or 'The Messenger.' In such a tight race as this year’s, something like that could make all the difference." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Dave's earlier Oscar predictions already have been the subject of much debate already in our forums. In particular, most posters are pleased with his prediction that Samantha Morton will land her third nod for her supporting work in "The Messenger." GOLD DERBY
• For Pete Hammond, the PGA nominations mean that "proponents of the new 10 nominee rule in the Motion Picture Academy must be breathing a lot easier. There's a lot of box office popularity represented in these nods and I could easily see this list duplicated on Oscar nomination day Feb. 2. If so it would validate the Academy's switch from five to 10 best pictures in allowing a place for more popular blockbusters to coexist with the usual indie-friendly smaller flicks the Academy has gravitated to in recent years." NOTES ON A SEASON
• Peter Howell offers an intriguing analysis comparing this year's Oscars to those of a dozen years ago. As Peter writes, "The jockeying for position between 'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Up in the Air' is reminiscent of the race a dozen years ago when 'Titanic.' 'L.A. Confidential' and 'As Good As It Gets' were sprinting along the track. The $1-billion-grossing James Cameron sci-fi fantasy 'Avatar' has currently seized the public mind, while movie critics insist the smaller drama 'The Hurt Locker' is more worthy of laurels. At this time in 1998, it was Cameron's 'Titanic' that had a lock on the hearts of moviegoers while critical minds were thinking of 'L.A. Confidential.'" TORONTO STAR
• As Steve Pond reports, "Overall, 274 films are eligible for the 82nd Academy Awards but they’re not all eligible in every category." For example, "the costume design reminder list, for instance, includes 239 films, leaving out the documentaries and animated films eligible in other categories." And "art direction, which does allow animated films to compete but leaves out most documentaries, has 251 eligible films." THE ODDS
• Ryan Adams surveys the field and finds that there are nine foreign-language films that could well contend in the main categories at the Oscars. For Ryan, five of these films have a shot at landing a best actress nod -- "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces," "Coco Before Chanel," "The Maid" and "The Stoning of Soraya M." AWARDS DAILY
• Lane Brown delights in detailing 10 reasons to love this year's Oscars race which "has already seen more twists than most do by ceremony's end. From the announcement of an expanded Best Picture category to 'Avatar's shocking non-awfulness, this year's is fast becoming one of the most exciting Academy Awards seasons in recent memory. From an arcane new voting system to Mo'Nique's bad behavior, these are the ten things we love most about the current Oscar season." NEW YORK
• Chris Nashawaty sat down with four-time Oscar also-ran and current front runner Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") to review his reaction to each of his nominations. About his first -- for "The Last Picture Show" -- Bridges recalls, "When I was nominated, I think I was living with [actress] Candy Clark in Malibu. We’d met and fallen in love on 'Fat City.' I was asleep and the phone rang at, like, six in the morning, and they told me I’d been nominated. I thought it was a dream. I just couldn’t believe it." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Nelson Branco makes naughty, outrageous Daytime Emmy predix for 2010, including Betty White pulling a Kanye West to upstage Martha Byrne ("General Hospital"). Also, he promises that the Day Emmys will finally hire a real soap opera star to host: Kate Gosselin! Yikes! TV GUIDE CANADA
• Kevin Bacon will be honored with the Joel Siegel award during the 15th annual Critics' Choice kudos on Jan. 15. In making the announcement, BCFA president Joey Berlin said, "Kevin has always held a special place in the hearts of our membership since he won the very first Best Actor Award we ever gave out for 'Murder in the First.' The Joel Siegel Award was created to celebrate its namesake's way of life in the spotlight. It honors a person who understands that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others. Kevin personifies the values celebrated by this award." BFCA
• Gerard Butler, Mel Gibson and Sophia Loren have been added to the roster of Golden Globe presenters. And Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will be on hand at the Hilton on Jan. 17 to present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
• Sandra Bullock will present her scene-stealing costar from "The Proposal" -- Betty White -- with the lifetime achievement prize at the 16th annual SAG awards on Jan. 23. Bullock is also a nominee that night for her performance in "The Blind Side."
• The latest bold-faced names announced as performers on the 52nd edition of the Grammy Awards Jan. 31 are all current nominees -- the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink and the Zac Brown Band. They join previously announced performers and nominees Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, and Taylor Swift. GRAMMYS
• And Green Day may well be nominees at the Tony Awards in June with Tuesday's announcement that the tuner "American Idiot" will debut on Broadway April 20. The show -- based on the group's 2005 Grammy-contending album -- "features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and is directed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer ('Spring Awakening'), who also collaborated with Armstrong on the book, and choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett ('Blackwatch'). The Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt ('Next to Normal') is the music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger." PLAYBILL
• "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler has been tapped to host the 19th annual TV academy Hall of Fame ceremony on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hills hotel. Inductees are five-time Emmy champ Candice Bergen, art director Charles Lisanby, announcer Don Pardo, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, comedians Tom and Dick Smothers and game show creator Bob Stewart.
• Michael Ausiello reports, "'Law & Order: SVU' is once again living up to its title as the most stunt-casting-obsessed series on television. Sharon Stone is joining the cast for a four-episode arc beginning in April. The Oscar-nominated actress will play a former cop-turned-prosecutor who will (presumably) go toe-to-toe with Benson, Stabler, and the gang." As Michael notes, "This isn’t Stone’s first flirtation with the small screen. In 2004, she won an Emmy for playing nutjob attorney Sheila Carlisle in three episodes of ABC’s 'The Practice.' And the following year she recurred on Showtime’s 'Huff' as a high-powered PR exec." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Top photo: "Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox
Middle photo: Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart." Credit: Fox Searchlight
Bottom photo: "American Idiot" poster. Credit: Berkeley Theater