News Nuggets: Marion Cotillard in ‘Rust and Bone’ inspires Oscar buzz in Cannes

Marion Cotillard stirs up early Oscar buzz in Cannes: “The Oscars are eight months away, but the race has officially begun. After the Cannes premiere of ‘Rust and Bone,’ the latest film from Jacques Audiard (the Oscar-nominated ‘A Prophet’), critics are already pegging Marion Cotillard as a possible contender for the Best Actress award. The Guardian is blunt: ‘”Rust and Bone” has to be a real contender for prizes, and, the odds will be shortening to vanishing point for Cotillard getting the best actress award.’ AwardsDaily suggests Cotillard’s given her ‘second best performance,’ (the actress previously won the Oscar for her work in the film ‘La Vie en Rose’), while RopesOfSilicon describes her work as ‘one scene after another of sheer perfection to the point she turns Katy Perry‘s “Firework” into an emotional epiphany.’ I don’t know what that means, but it sounds amazing.” HOLLYWOOD.COM

Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder will perform at the Billboard Music Awards: “Grammy-winning ‘Fallin’’ singer Alicia Keys will present the Billboard Icon Award to Stevie Wonder — and perform with the legendary artist — at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, EW has learned exclusively. There’s no word on what song — or medley of songs — the pair will perform. Wonder and Keys have had a long-running kinship and respect for each other, as they performed ‘Higher Ground’ together at the 2004 MTV VMAs and presented together at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006. Keys has won 10 Billboard Music Awards during her career.” EW.COM

Does Joan Rivers‘s joke about Whitney Houston go too far? “Joan Rivers has made a career out of pushing the envelope but in her new book, ‘I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me,’ she may have finally gone too far. The Village Voice was the first to notice a shocking passage that takes a cruel swing at the late Whitney Houston. In the travel section of her new book, the 78-year-old co-host of the E! network’s ‘Fashion Police’ writes: ‘I hate Houston. It’s crawling with bugs. Oh, wait, that’s Whitney Houston; I’m sorry, my bad. (Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe.)'” HUFFINGTON POST

What separates the CMT Awards from all others? “‘Our tone is different,’ CMT president Brian Philips tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘Our toning is, intentionally, a bit more casual, a little more irreverent, and that’s by nature, I guess. We like things that are over the top, we like things that make peoples jaws drop,’ he adds. ‘I don’t know if that is part of the recipe for every awards show on every network, but it certainly is for ours. The element of surprise.’ CMT makes no secret of having borrowed their format from sister-network MTV and their wildly successful VMAs, with Viacom president Van Toffler carefully watching over the show’s preparation and execution.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Emmys consider a reality revamp: “Changes might be afoot with the TV Academy’s treatment of reality and nonfiction programming, Brian Lowry of Variety exclusively reports. Bowing to the shifting TV landscape, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is seeking to amend its bylaws to create a new reality-TV peer group. The proposal, which would require approval from the board of governors, would split the existing non-fiction peer group into two branches: Reality TV, representing those who work in that field; and what would be renamed ‘non-fiction documentary programming.’ The academy currently consists of 28 peer groups, representing everything from animators and art directors to title design and writers.” THE VOTE

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