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Gold Derby nuggets: Host of host news | 'Avatar' wins and loses | Meryl Streep perennial Oscar bridesmaid

January 25, 2010 |  3:47 pm

Carl Reiner DGACarl Reiner returns to host the DGA kudos for the 22nd time in the 62-year history of the awards. Also on hand at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 30 will be presenters Jane Alexander, Jason Bateman, Danny Boyle, Julie Bowen, Gil Cates, Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Christina Hendricks, Cheryl Hines, Robert Iger, Anna Kendrick, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Carey Mulligan, Christopher Nolan, Paula Patton, Donald Petrie, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, Zoe Saldana, Gabourey Sidibe, Jesus Trevino, Christoph Waltz, Sam Worthington and Robert Zemeckis. DGA

• British comedian Eddie Izzard will host the silver anniversary edition of the Indie Spirit Awards on March 5. The kudos have shifted from a daytime event on Santa Monica beach to a nighttime bash in downtown Los Angeles. As per the announcement, "Izzard’s tangential, absurd, bizarre, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit, which suits the irreverent, laid-back style of the Spirit Awards." FILM INDEPENDENT

William Shatner will host the 37th edition of the Annie Awards, saluting the best in animation, on Feb. 6 at UCLA's Royce Hall. "Coraline" leads with 10 nominations, followed by "Up" with nine and "The Princess and the Frog" with eight. All three films are in the running for best animated feature along with "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "The Secret of Kells" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

Nelson Branco continues his ace reporting on the drama behind the daytime Emmys with the news that, as per ATI's James Romanovich, they will be held in June, regardless of whether they are aired or not. Nelson says the ceremony will take place in Los Angeles as there is only soap ("One Life to Live") still shooting in Gotham. And Nelson bemoans NATAS for failing to include an "In Memoriam" segment on the kudocast in recent years. TV GUIDE

Avatar Golden Globes winner James Cameron Zoe Saldana Sam Worthington • As Paul Gaita reports, "the nominees for France's Cesar Awards were announced Friday. Jacques Audiard's 'A Prophet' led the pack with 13 nominations, including best film and best director; the noms are the latest laurel for the crime drama, which netted the Grand Prix at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and top prize at the 53rd London Film Festival. It's also the official selection from France for the foreign film Oscar." And says Paul, "'Avatar' fever appears to have infected the French Academy voters as well; the James Cameron blockbuster is nominated for best foreign film alongside Michael Haneke's Golden Globe-winning 'The White Ribbon' and Oscar winner 'Slumdog Millionaire,' with Gallic fave Clint Eastwood's 'Gran Torino,' 'Milk,' the Canadian indie drama 'I Killed My Mother' and 'Panique au Village' from Belgium rounding out the pack." THE CIRCUIT

• During her chat with James Cameron on the red carpet of Sunday's PGA Awards, Carrie Bell discovered the helmer was hurt by the SAG snub of "Avatar." As he explained, "I don’t see how we could be on lots of people’s best-of lists and in the running for numerous best-picture awards if the acting wasn’t there and wasn’t top-notch. Because actors are one of the biggest elements of a film." NEW YORK

Scott Feinberg offers his take on the surprise win of the PGA top prize by "The Hurt Locker" over the favored "Avatar": "Some will suggest that a contingent of the guild didn’t want/wasn’t ready to embrace a movie with as much CGI-use as 'Avatar'; or that votes basically split between 'Avatar' and 'Up in the Air' thereby allowing a third movie to prevail with fewer votes than normal; or that 'Avatar' is simply not as popular within the industry as it is outside of it. There may be a degree of truth to all of these theories, but I believe the real answer is this -- at the end of the day, voters tend to vote for who/what they like, not who/what they’re 'supposed' to like." AND THE WINNER IS

Steve Pond crunches the numbers and discovers that while "Avatar” is the best-picture front-runner, "I can easily see a scenario in which it will lose the Best Picture Oscar, probably to 'The Hurt Locker,' just as it did Sunday night at the Producers Guild Awards." Steve reviews the race, including a possible top 10, and then theorizes on the way the preferential voting could go. THE ODDS

Meryl Streep Julie and JuliaGuy Lodge says that following Saturday's SAG Awards three of the four acting Oscars can be engraved right now with the names of Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz. However, "best actress will remain a mystery right up until the envelope is opened on March 7. The season’s one remaining acting precursor, the BAFTA, won’t reveal anything, given Sandra Bullock’s ineligibility there. So, for the next six weeks, we’re left to ponder whether Academy voters actually buy the 'Meryl Streep is overdue' story, or whether Bullock’s unflappable charm on the campaigning circuit can push her across the finishing line. (Her heartfelt, goofy speech this evening was another home run.) But for the first time this season, I’d say the 'Blind Side' star is out in front." IN CONTENTION

Brad Brevet recounts the honor roll of actresses who have pipped Streep at the post 11 times since 1983 -- Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), Helen Mirren ("The Queen"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry"), Gwyneth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love"), Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking"), Kathy Bates ("Misery"), Jodie Foster ("The Accused"), Cher ("Moonstruck"), Geraldine Page ("The Trip to Bountiful") and Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment") -- before asking "would 27 years and a twelfth name be too many?" ROPE OF SILICON

• While Alec Baldwin was on hand Saturday to pick up his SAG prize, he was missing from last weekend's Golden Globe kudofest where he also won because he was attending a charity event in Banff, Alberta, for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr's Waterkeeper Alliance. SAG nominee Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") skipped the show to spend time with his estranged wife Brooke Mueller hospitalized with pneumonia. Ensemble nominee Brad Pitt ("Inglourious Basterds") missed SAG for unknown reasons. On Globe Sunday he preferred rooting for the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.

• After reviewing the winners lists, Dave Karger wonders whether there is a disconnect between the Golden Globes and the Oscars. As Dave notes, "only once in the last five years has one of the Globe winners ('Slumdog,' of course) gone on to take the Oscar as well" and he says, "When you think about it, it’s silly to even expect the Globes and the Oscars to mirror each other—there’s absolutely no overlap between the voting bodies at all. One award is decided on by fewer than 100 quirky foreign journalists, and the other by more than 6,000 professionals in the film industry." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Top photo: Carl Reiner. Credit: DGA

Middle photo: "Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox

Bottom photo: Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia." Credit: Columbia

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