Gold Derby Nuggets: January 14

Pete Hammond recaps the final frenzied days of campaigning prior to the Friday deadline for submission of Oscar ballots. “There have been years where 400 to 500 ballots have been walked in the day they were due, according to one Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences consultant who as always plans to have someone count the messengers making deliveries. It’s all part of the last-minute rush to get as many votes as possible for their pictures in the hands of the accountants. Think of it as the same syndrome we see on April 15th when taxpayers wait until the very last moment to drop off their taxes off.” DEADLINE

Andrew Scott pens a paean to the Golden Globes that begins: “As much as we love the Oscars, when it comes to awards season, nobody does it better than the Globes. It’s the one time of year when the stars of both movies and television get all dressed up to hand out a few awards and throw back a few drinks. Think about it: Is there a better combination than awards and alcohol? Not that we’re proponents of excessive drinking, but if there’s one thing we love most about the Globes, it’s the way it feels more like a party than a stiff, four-hour-long awards show.” MOVIEFONE

For Kyle Buchanan, there are 10 reasons to look forward to the Golden Globes this year, beginning with the “speech off” between Annette Bening and Natalie Portman: “The two actresses are considered the front-runners for the Best Actress Oscar, but since the Globes give out two separate awards for comedic and dramatic actresses, the odds are that both will get to take the stage Sunday. If Portman’s speech is a stiff and Bening tells better stories in that deep grande dame voice of hers, it could make a difference to on-the-fence Oscar voters whose pick comes down to ‘Who would I rather see at the microphone?'” VULTURE

Anthony McCartney has the details of the action brought by long-time Globe publicist Michael Russell against the HFPA: “The lawsuit claims many association members “abuse their positions and engage in unethical and potentially unlawful deals and arrangements which amount to a ‘payola’ scheme” that could be illegal and jeopardize the group’s tax-exempt status. The filing does not list any specific examples in which a studio or producer has paid for a Golden Globes nomination or award. In addition, the suit alleges the association sells prime spots on the show’s red carpet to lesser-known media outlets.” A statement in response reads, in part, “This is no more than the case of a disgruntled former consulting firm, whose contract was not renewed, attempting to take advantage once again of the Globe’s international stage for their own gain.” AP

Steve Pond ponders the Foreign Language Film race at the Oscars noting: “Over the past seven months I’ve seen more than half the contenders, starting with a Finnish documentary at the DocuWeeks showcase last summer and ending with seven more films over three days at the Palm Springs Film Festival last weekend.(Actually, that’s not entirely true: I’ve seen a couple more on screeners since getting back from Palm Springs.)” THE ODDS

On the eve of the premiere of “Harry’s Law,” one-time Emmy darling David E. Kelley explains to Joel Keller why his TV shows tend to be slightly off-kilter: “I do believe that in all my shows, I really enjoy the quirky, the eccentric characters, the ones you don’t meet every day. The ones that if you did meet them, they’d be the one you’d be talking about. You know, can you believe what so and so did at the end of the day. I tend to gravitate toward those colorful characters. The characters themselves may not be always relatable, but the themes that are within the episode, either the emotional or legal, or dramatic themes in the episode, I hope they are relatable. They’re just presented in maybe colorful, off-centered ways through this cauldron of characters that I choose to populate the franchise.” TV SQUAD

Todd Marten talks with Trevor Reznor of Nine Inch Nails about taking on film scoring for the first time with “The Social Network.” As he says: “We got the idea from David (Fincher) that he wanted something that was not orchestral and not traditional. He referenced ‘Blade Runner’ and Tangerine Dream. He mentioned sounds that were a synthetic landscape of sorts. Then we just spent a couple weeks with no picture and no input and were thinking of how we could create a world of sound.” POP & HISS

As Thomas Peters reports, “the hit Broadway revival of Alfred Uhry‘s ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ will host a series of post-performance talkbacks beginning after the 8 PM performance Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day.The talkback will feature ‘Daisy’s Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award-winning playwright, Uhry; the current revival’s director, David Esbjornson; and Columbia University professor Dr. Vivaldi Jean-Marie. The talkback will examine the play’s look at race relations and Dr. King’s impact on society.” PLAYBILL

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