Gold Derby Nuggets: January 13

Rotten Tomatoes has betowed the honorific of Golden Tomato on “Toy Story 3” as the best-reviewed movie of the year. It garnered a staggering 99% positive reviews. “How to Train Your Dragon” was second with 98% while “The Social Network” was third with 97%. “True Grit,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Town,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Let Me In,” “The Fighter” and “Black Swan” rounded out the top 10. ROTTEN TOMATOES

Quentin Tarantino is to reeceive the inaugural Music+Film Award at the 16th edition of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. kudofest on Friday. This award was created “to honor a single filmmaker who has not only inspired moviegoers with his cinematic storytelling, but has heightened the impact of film through the brilliant use of source and soundtrack music. Maroon 5 will play a special tribute with performances of music from some of Tarantino’s most memorable movies.” VH1

Sasha Stone delivers insightful previews of both Friday’s Critics Choice awards and Sunday’s Golden Globes. For Sasha, “When looking at these groups, which aren’t the guilds and aren’t the critics, particularly (one could make a case for the BFCA being critics, but let’s face it, many of them aren’t officially critics) you have to remember the profound truth about Oscar watching: you can’t be a tastemaker if you don’t have good taste. Some people believe that the HFPA try to vote like Oscar but I don’t think they do – otherwise they wouldn’t have picked ‘Avatar’ for both Picture and Director last year. I think that they vote for what they like.  I think this is true about the Critics Choice also.” AWARDS DAILY

Nicole Sperling catches up with Emmy winner Louis Horwitz who will be calling the shots during NBC’s live broadcast of the Globes. For this Oscarcast veteran, “the Golden Globes is like being at one of the Grand Slam events of tennis. It’s like winning Wimbledon,” And he admits, “I’m an adrenaline junkie. You have to be to be a Formula One driver, a quarterback or a TV director. You say five, four, three, two, one and you’re on, calling cues and hoping that your preparation and experience in the seat keeps you focused.” AWARDS TRACKER

Emmy champ Seth Freeman and Oscar nominee Susannah Grant will receive the Valentine Davies Award from the West coast branch of the Writers Guild of America. The kudo is given in recognition of their contributions to both the industry and the community as a whole. The two will be feted during the Feb. 5 WGA awards. WGAW

Steve Pond reviews the ever-evolving process to find the Foreign Language Oscar winner: “The changes, carried out under the decade-long tenure of producer Mark Johnson, have resulted in the creation of a unique three-step nominating process that puts the final decision in the hands of a carefully-chosen committee that in recent years has included actors Ryan Gosling and Keanu Reeves, directors Jonathan Demme and Nora Ephron, writer Dustin Lance Black, composer Harry Gregson-Williams, editor Thelma Schoonmaker and cinematographer Wally Pfister, among many others. But by turning the major decision over to his hand-picked committee, has Johnson cut regular voters out of the process and taken too much power for himself? Or has the result — better, smarter nominations in the estimation of many — justified the tinkering?” THE ODDS

Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) was inducted into Britain’s House of Lords on Thursday. He took his seat as Lord Fellowes of West Stafford in Parliament’s upper chamber in a cerermony full of pomp. “Fellowes wore red, white and gold ermine robes while he swore allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II. He will sit in the Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.” AP

“NCIS” leading man Mark Harmon tops the Harris Poll of favorite TV stars after placing eighth last year. Oprah Winfrey, who was last year’s champ, had to settle for tying for second with “House” star Hugh Laurie who moved up from the fourth spot. TV BY THE NUMBERS

Tony winner Brian Bedford (“Two Shakespearean Actors”) leads the latest Broadway revival of Oscar Wilde‘s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Bedford directed the production and stars as the imperious Lady Bracknell. The play just opened at the American Airlines theater as part of the non-profit Roundabout’s Broadway season. PLAYBILL

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