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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' serenaded by TV academy | Good year already for David Oyelowo

March 18, 2010 |  4:53 pm

Glee • The TV academy is saluting eight shows at the third annual Academy Honors on May 5 -- including "Glee," "CSI" and "Private Practice" -- for tackling social issues such as the disabled, racial profiling, and physician-assisted suicide. In making the announcement, academy president John Shaffner said, "This year, we were impressed by not only the number of entries received but also by the breadth of subject matters addressed. We went to great lengths to select programs that reflect the mission of the Television Academy Honors committee -- to highlight the power of television and its ability to initiate important dialogue and ultimately instigate change." ATAS

Gary Thompson solves one of this year's Oscar mysteries -- how "The Secret of Kells" landed an animated feature nomination over the likes of "Monsters v. Aliens" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." As director Tomm Moore told him, "There were people there (at a Cartoon Network screening) from the big studios, and everyone was buzzing about the film. I think it started trickling up to academy members, although it was very much a word of mouth thing." PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS

• Linking to the trailer for the big summer release "Eat Pray Love" -- Julia Roberts in writer-director Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir -- Ryan Adams says, "Looks more charming and adorable than anyone had any right to expect. Exactly the vibe we want from a movie about the power of serendipity, when we shed expectations, stop fighting fate, quit swimming upstream, relax, let loose, and go with the flow." AWARDS DAILY

DavidOyelowo • The Royal Television Society named "The Thick of It" best comedy program at its annual awards in London Tuesday. The deft political satire begat this year's Oscar-nominated "In the Loop." Other winners included the anthology series "The Street" as best drama and "Eastenders" as best serial. The two stars of the mini-series "Small Island" -- Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo -- took the drama acting prizes while Miranda Hart won the comedy award for her laffer "Miranda." THE STAGE

• Oyelowo has landed the plum role of Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma" opposite Hugh Jackman as the sheriff who opposed the 1965 civil rights marches in the Alabama town. Oscar-nominated helmer Lee Daniels ("Precious") is directing from a script by Paul Webb.

• Jackman appeared on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday and told Jay Leno he did tune in to this year's Oscars. "I sat there in my sweats with my bowtie on that I wore last year, and I was swanning around the house, organizing the betting pool, thinking, I have a feel for this kind of thing, I know how it's going to go. And I lost absolutely everything." And Hugh said he thought the hosts -- Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin -- "were brilliant. Last year, Steve gave me advice, and once I was on 'Saturday Night Live' when Alec was and Alec gave me advice, so it was great seeing them do it this year." THE MIRROR


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Top photo: "Glee" Season 1 DVD cover. Credit: Fox

Bottom photo: David Oyelowo in "Small Island." Credit: BBC

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