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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscars buzz for Lesley Manville and Javier Bardem at Cannes | Don't rain on 'Glee' parade

May 17, 2010 |  4:26 pm

• "In the Oscar best-actress race, save a place for Lesley Manville, who plays a gregarious, wine-loving, man-hunting but aging co-worker in Mike Leigh's brilliant 'Another Year,' " says The Envelope's Pete Hammond. "The feeling that this is the director's finest work since 'Secrets & Lies' in 1996 could get him his second best-picture nomination. Of course, now there are 10 Oscar nominees to play with, so I will go out on a limb and predict one of those slots for this picture. This kind of film is catnip for the academy. A distribution deal is in place and will be announced imminently." Pete also thinks Javier Bardem is "a good bet" for kudos at Cannes and the Oscars for his portrayal of a dying man in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful." Also, Pete adds, "Last year's best actress nominee for 'An Education,' Carey Mulligan, could turn up again, this time in the supporting actress category for her well-received work in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.' " NOTES ON A SEASON


EW's Dave Karger agrees with Pete's assessment of Manville's screen turn while reporting from the Croisette: "Mike Leigh’s latest pensive London drama is arguably the best-received film of the first half of the festival (as evidenced by my colleague Owen Gleiberman’s take on it). If it were to find domestic distribution, I’d say Leigh vet Lesley Manville’s affecting lead turn as a wine-swigging medical secretary would have the best shot at a nod. The film increasingly belongs to her as it progresses, and her final shot is one to remember." And Dave says, " 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger' — Woody Allen’s droll infidelity drama — boasts a knockout supporting comedic performance from British actress Lucy Punch, but I wonder if her professional escort character will strike some as too similar to Mira Sorvino in 'Mighty Aphrodite.' And though the film has many fun moments, I’d say this will be one of the rare Allen screenplays that doesn’t have a shot at a nomination. I fear too many critics will deem it less than completely formed." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Another leading Oscarologist, Sasha Stone, is also over at Cannes. She thinks, "If Cannes were the Oscars, Javier Bardem ('Biutiful') and Lesley Manville ('Another Year') would be the hands-down winners for Best Actor and Best Actress. Who knows what can happen in the coming year, but these two are strong contenders already. Bardem is a recent supporting actor winner, so he probably isn’t your front-runner, but a nomination seems certain. And Manville isn’t as well known in the States, which makes in the 'lucky to be nominated' category. How will it go? Who can say. I feel that with both 'Another Year' and 'Biutiful,' who you are and how you’ve lived your life makes the difference in how you respond to the film. You might be able to appreciate the artistry, but it won’t have a lasting emotional impact. I say this because two people I’ve either read or spoke to have given me back a very muted reaction to 'Biutiful.'" AWARDS DAILY

• With just one week till the series finale, William Keck asks the "24" cast, past and present, to reflect on their favorite moments over the eight-year run of this Emmy champ. For Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland, the best of the fictitious presidents was "Palmer, because Dennis Haysbert and I started it all together. He was the person you want your president to be." TV GUIDE

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Amanda Kwan hit the road with the "Glee" cast as they brought their stage show to Phoenix — the first of four cities of a mini-tour. As Amanada writes, "the connecting spirit of the show was deeply rooted in fan appreciation, starting with a list of song favorites from the TV show and going all the way to the cast's dash through an ecstatic crowd as Lea Michele, in character as glee club co-captain Rachel Berry, belted out 'Don't Rain on My Parade.'" She thought, "While the cast is happy to give the show's rabid fans, who call themselves Gleeks, what they want, it also served up reminders that actors are behind the characters. When Corey Monteith drums during Mark Salling's 'Sweet Caroline,' Salling announces the talent as Monteith's, instead of that of his character Finn. It's a confusion revisited throughout, as the cast slips in and out of character. Heather Morris offers a few hilarious observations as ditsy cheerleader Brittany, but they're in sharp contrast to her expert dance moves." AP

Steve Krakauer considers the decision by Fox to program "Glee" in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot in February. "While the 'Glee' kids (plus a bevy of high-profile cameos) could make for an interesting Super Bowl halftime show — which has been thoroughly sanitized each year since the infamous nip slip— the choice for the the post-game slot is surprising. Certainly, the demographics of 'Glee' are probably farthest from the Super Bowl demographics of any show on Fox. But as the Super Bowl becomes more of an ‘event’ event than a sporting event, maybe that doesn’t matter anymore." MEDIAITE

• Two Tony-winning musical performers — Michael Cerveris ("Assassins") and Anika Noni Rose ("Caroline or Change") — host Monday night's 55th annual Obie Awards which fete the best of both off and off-off Broadway. These kudos — established in 1955 and presented under the auspices of the Village Voice — do not have formal nominations and categories. Presenters include J. Smith Cameron, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Michael Shannon, Lillias White and Jennifer Westfeldt.

Anne Thompson chats with Tony champ Julie Taymor ("The Lion King") about the much-delayed "Spider-Man" musical and her film version of "The Tempest" starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen"). Anne reports that the tuner "is a go for a Hilton Theatre fall 2010 opening with Bono and Edge’s music, but Taymor is unwilling to finalize casting and an opening date as yet. Peter Parker will be played by L.A. rocker Reeve Carney, who stars in 'The Tempest' as young prince Ferdinand." TOH

Top photo: "Biutiful" (Focus Features)

Bottom photo: Lea Michele (David Strict / L.A. Times)

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