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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Twilight' stars boon to kudocasts | Oscars book producer and dancers | BAFTAs boot TV writers

January 14, 2010 |  3:33 pm

Brooks Barnes wonders, "If awards shows are experiencing a renaissance, why are the Globes struggling?" His answer: "NBC is no longer a ratings powerhouse. Because of the saturation of celebrity news coverage, the telecast’s primary draw -- a room full of A-listers -- may be losing its allure. And while the producers talk about the coming show’s “anything goes” vibe, stars in the YouTube era are more self-conscious." The solution: "Cramming even more stars into the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton hotel; hiring a host -- the British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais -- for the first time in 15 years; broadcasting the ceremony live from coast to coast; mixing up the order of the awards; following the telecast with an after-party show; and turning up the volume on the marketing." NEW YORK TIMES

New Moon poster • Showcasing all that talent comes at a cost, reports Melena Ryzik: "The producers are aiming for a 10 percent ratings increase, so they are also boosting their star wattage, placing people like Taylor Lautner, the 'Twilight' hunk, at the table with the cast of 'The Hurt Locker.' Of course, this probably means that the cast of 'The Hurt Locker' can’t bring guests. And as of early this week, some nominees weren’t even sure they could get a seat. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters of '(500) Days of Summer,' which was nominated for best picture (musical or comedy), were awaiting word on whether there would be room for them at all amid the crush of bigger celebrities. (The cliché of Hollywood ignoring writers turns out, in this case, to be all too true.)" THE CARPETBAGGER

• And that sassy Lane Brown says, "Oscar producer Adam Shankman is scrambling to line up 'Twilight' stars to compensate for the uglies at his awards show. He just sent his Twitter followers this appeal: 'Scenario: what if, due to scheduling, pats isn't avail? Shall we Go Stewart. And lautner ? Or no twilighters?' Then, later: 'Amusing: the fans see split! Team Jakob and team ed. It's going to be a surprise.' NEW YORK

Oscars New President Tom Sherak • While Shankman may be new to the Oscarcast, the academy confirmed today that show veteran Danette Herman will once more serve as coordinating producer. Rookie co-producer Bill Mechanic said, "Danette is a key ally for Adam and me as we plan out the talent aspects of the show. She’s a wealth of knowledge and will be a great creative resource for us." And Shankman added, "I don’t think it’s possible to underestimate the challenges a show the size and scale of the Oscars. Danette is a warrior." As per the announcement, "Herman has served in various capacities on the Academy Awards telecast for more than 30 years. She served as co-producer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ inaugural Governors Awards, held in November 2009, and subsequently completed her duties as coordinating producer for 'The 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.' Also in 2009, Herman served as co-producer for 'The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards' and recently wrapped work on 'CNN Heroes.'" AMPAS

• Herman may be in charge of wrangling talent for the big show but it will be choreographer turned director Shankman who will be putting dancers through their paces next weekend as they audition for the Oscarcast . Shankman -- who moonlights as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" -- "will be choreographing the audition numbers with associate choreographers Anne Fletcher and Jamal Sims." AMPAS

Dave Karger delivers a comprehensive list of predictions in all the Golden Globe movie races as well as a photo gallery detailing his rationale for the choices he made in the top 10 races. For best picture (drama), Dave says: "'Avatar' has the momentum in the overall awards-season race, but with the most Globe nominations this year (six in all), the much more starry 'Up in the Air' should steal it." And for best picture (comedy/musical), Dave thinks, "With 'Nine' fading from prominence every day, Globes voters may look elsewhere for the win. Meryl Streep voters could find themselves split between 'Julie & Julia' and the outrageously funny 'It's Complicated,' paving the way for a '(500) Days' victory." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Forum moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum has been aces at keeping track of who will be presenting at Sunday's Golden Globes. The roster runs from "A" (Amy Adams) to "Z" (Zoe Saldana) with more bold-faced names added daily. GOLD DERBY

• While Globe nominee Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") is not scheduled to present, he is happy to be attending the show and not just for the obvious reason. He disclosed that he is being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, saying in a statement: "I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition. I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care." Hall is also expected to attend next weekend's SAG Awards where he is a double nominee for actor and ensemble. MINISTRY OF GOSSIP

_39882765_bafta_203pa • Following last year's dust-up over the move by the Emmys to move certain awards off the prime-time telecast comes this report by Matthew Hemley from across the pond: "Leading television writers including 'Hustle' creator Tony Jordan have accused BAFTA of undervaluing them, claiming the organisation's awards ceremonies are too focused on 'glamorous starlets.' They argue that by placing the writer category in the Craft Awards, which are not televised, BAFTA is confining writers to the 'back room'. The writers are instead calling on BAFTA to honour them in the Television Awards -- alongside the acting talent -- which are screened on terrestrial television every year. The group also argue that having only one award for their craft -- that of best writer -- does not allow all the various genres and styles of writing to be adequately represented." THE STAGE

Mark Malkin reports that Anne Hathaway will be feted by the Hasty Pudding club at Harvard University with the woman of the year award. Writes Mark, "For those who don't know, Hasty Pudding is no glitz and glamour red carpet event. Hathaway will likely lead a parade through the streets surrounding the Ivy League school in Cambridge, Mass. What else they have planned is anybody's guess. Last year, honoree Renée Zellweger was persuaded to put on a fat suit. James Franco, who was 2009's Man of the Year, was not only ambushed by the club's signature drag queens during his roast, but he was made to milk a 'gay cow' to mark his work in the movie 'Milk.'" E ONLINE

Melinda Newman reports that "Glee" star Matthew Morrison has signed a solo record deal with Mercury Records. As Melinda writes, "One of the more interesting behind-the-scenes facets of the deal is that Columbia Records has the rights sewed up to the 'Glee' soundtracks, of which it’s already pumped out two from a series that has only had eight episodes. How did a competitor get the Golden Globe-nominated Morrison?" Morrison can be heard on the 2003 Grammy-winning original cast recording of "Hairspray." HIT FIX

Top photo: "New Moon" poster. Credit: Summit Entertainment

Middle photo: Academy Awards statues. Credit: AMPAS

Bottom photo: British Academy of Film and Television Arts statues. Credit: BAFTA

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