Gold Derby Nuggets: January 11

John Cook begins his thorough must-read report on the Gotham critics awardsfest as follows: “Armond White, the film critic for the New York Press and chair of this year’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards, kept insulting everybody at last night’s award ceremony, prompting Annette Bening to issue a teary-eyed appeal for peace.” GAWKER

As part of Friday’s Critic Choice awards, the boys from “Jackass” will be appearing in parodies of some of the Best Picture nominees. Tom DiChiara “visited Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Wee-man and co. on the apparently ‘ice-cold’ set of their spoof of ‘The Social Network,’ and it looks as though the jackasses have once again lived up to their title.” MTV

Louis Virtel details the reasons why “Toy Story 3” is a worthy Best Picture winner: “An animated film probably will win the big prize some day, so why not now? (That ‘Toy Story 3’ is the most deserving animated candidate in two decades should only help matters.) Further, the broad themes of Lee Unkrich’s film — those being self-worth and mortality — have an unassuming gravity, dimensions that make ‘Toy Story 3’ leagues deeper than the average animated romp. Or even the average 2011 Best Picture contender. MOVIELINE

Nicole LaPorte peeks behind-the-scenes to deliver this fascinating report on the politics of seating at Sunday’s Golden Globes. “For the Globes ceremony, whose raucous party atmosphere makes it one of the most sought-after invites of the season, the seating battle is particularly ugly. Space is just one issue — the Globes are held in a modest-sized ballroom in the Beverly Hilton. But obtaining tickets from the HFPA is, according to numerous sources, almost always a grueling negotiation process, in which so-called ‘talent’ is the currency to be bartered. At the center of this frenetic dance is Judy Solomon, whose day job is writing about celebrities for the Israeli magazine Woman’s World.” DAILY BEAST

Nicole Sperling observes that “Black Swan” has crossed over into the mainstream: “Now in wide release, the film crossed the 1,000-theater mark in mid-December and is capturing a wider swath of the moviegoing public than the art house audience it initially focused on. And its gross keeps on trucking, losing only 9% of its box office this past weekend for a total take of $61 million. Similar to the Coen brothers‘ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Black Swan’ marks Darren Aronofsky‘s most commercial release, far surpassing 2008’s ‘The Wrestler,’ which scored two acting Oscar nominations and earned $26 million two years ago.” AWARDS TRACKER

On Wednesday, “American Masters” on PBS is screening a 90-minute documentary about Jeff Bridges called “The Dude Abides.” the title refers to his character in “The Big Lebowski,” a Coen brothers film which has attained cult status. As Whitney Matheson confesses, “The title alone is enough to reel me in, but check out this sweet clip where Bridges visits a store in New York called The Little Lebowski (!) devoted to all thing ‘Lebowski.'” USA TODAY

The 10 semi-finalists in the college Oscar correspondent contest have been announced. Online voting until Jan. 28 will determine the three finalists who will take part in a slew of Oscar week festivities. The winner, determined by an additional round of online voting, “will be awarded a spot on the red carpet for the 83rd Academy Awards arrivals, as well as credentials for access to backstage press rooms. The winning team’s coverage will be aired on MTV News and mtvU, while the two finalist teams will receive bleacher seats along the red carpet and admission to an Oscar viewing party.” AMPAS

Two-time Oscar champ Jodie Foster (“The Accused,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) is set to preside over 36th annual edition of the Cesars — the French version of the Academy Awards — on Feb. 25 in Paris. As Rebecca Leffler notes, “Foster is the first foreign President of the Cesar Awards since Marcello Mastroianni in 1993. French actor Antoine De Caunes will reprise his role as Master of Ceremonies for the event held at the Chatelet Theater and broadcast by Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus. The nominees will be announced on Friday, Jan. 21.” THR

The 2007 film “Once,” which won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly,” is being adapted for the stage and is expected to bow on Broadway next season. Erik Piepenburg reports, “the Irish playwright Edna Walsh (“Penelope”) and the Scottish director John Tiffany (“Black Watch”) will collaborate on the stage adaptation.” And, he notes, “the show will also feature music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who starred in the film, and design by Bob Crowley.” ARTS BEAT

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