Gold Derby Nuggets: January 5

The BFCA may have snubbed Matt Damon‘s supporting performance in “True Grit” but they will be feting him at their Jan. 14 Critics Choice kudofest with the Joel Seigel award for his humanitarian efforts, including being a co-founder of which brings clean drinking water to developing countries. In making the announcement BFCA president Joey Berlin said, “Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.” BFCA

The HFPA also snubbed Damon and, indeed, everything to do with “True Grit.” However, good sport that he is, Damon has agreed to be part of that group’s presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille award to Robert DeNiro. Other bold-faced names slated to appear on the Golden Globes include Jennifer Lopez, Leighton Meester and Robert Pattinson. The 68th edition of these awards airs live nationwide on NBC on Jan. 16 HFPA

While those two kudocasts don’t use hosts, the non-televised Writers Guild of America awards have tapped “Modern Family” mates Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Emmy champ Eric Stonestreet to preside over the west coast portion of the Feb. 5 festivities. In announcing their hiring, show producer Spike Jones, Jr. said, “”They’re a pair of old-fashioned entertainers, and I’m looking forward to cutting them loose.” Last year, “Modern Family” won both the comedy series and episode WGA awards and contends in both those categories again this year. WGA

Julia Roberts hosted a screening of the film “Biutiful” headlined by her “Eat Pray Love” co-star Javier Bardem on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dave Karger attended the event and chatted with Roberts about why she was so eager to promote this picture: “I think the movie hasn’t gotten the exposure. You don’t know where it is. It’s like this hidden little jewel. Especially in this particular season, people don’t hunt for things. They just take what you throw in their face.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

John Luchetti poses the provocative question of just how overdue for an Oscar is Annette Bening? As he writes, “Bening is a very good actress but it seems disingenuous to award her simply because of her previous loses rather than the quality of her performance. It isn’t even that ‘career’ wins are all that detestable but that it is questionable whether Bening deserves this distinction at all, especially in the face of her also Oscarless co-star Julianne Moore.” THE FILM STAGE

S.T. Vanairsdale considers the Best Picture race in the wake of the boffo box office for “True Grit” and nods from both the PGA and WGA. As he notes, the film was “was by far the biggest beneficiary of a busy week — both among Oscar watchers and filmgoers alike.” MOVIELINE

Two-time Emmy champ Kathy Griffin has pulled the plug on her reality series “My Life on the D-List” after six seasons. However, she could still contend for the 2010 summer season of the show at this year’s awards. And with the news that the sassy Kathy has inked a deal with Bravo to air four stand-up shows this year, she could add to her two previous Emmy bids in the competitive variety, comedy music special category as well. TV GUIDE

No surprise that Betty White charmed the scribes gathered for the first day of the winter tour by the Television Critics Association. As Marisa Guthrie reports, “The star of TV Land’s rust-belt cougar sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ has become a media darling, snagging a SAG nomination and helping propel the show to TV Land’s most-watched original series in network history.” THR

Patrick Healy points out that there are only two tuner revivals — “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” — slated for the rialto this season. As he notes, “The last time there weren’t enough musical revivals to fill the four slots in the Tony category was 2006, when there were three nominees and ‘The Pajama Game’ won. In 2002 there were only two nominees, ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Oklahoma!,’ with ‘Into the Woods’ winning.” ARTS BEAT

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