News Nuggets: Best Actress hopefuls discuss their challenging roles

Guy Lodge explains how many believe Sally Field was Oscar-nominated in “Forrest Gump,” but she wasn’t: “On the one hand, Field boasts the enviable claim that she’s never lost an Oscar; on the other, she’s rather pointedly lost out on a nomination or two, and “Forrest Gump” is the most glaring of them. I can hardly blame multiple readers for assuming that she was nominated in 1994 race; if her absence was a surprise then, it’s positively astonishing now. Not, I should add, because I think her performance as the feistily doting ma of America’s favorite idiot savant was worthy of such recognition … But from an analyst’s perspective rather than a critic’s one, a nomination should have been an easy get.” IN CONTENTION

Keira Knightley discusses putting her faith in director Joe Wright for “Anna Karenina“: “The sumptuous but unorthodox path he took — depicting pivotal scenes as if they were taking part on a theater stage — was akin to ‘jumping off a cliff’ says Keira Knightley, who plays the movie’s title character, an alluring Russian aristocrat who breaks entrenched societal taboos and embarks on a torrid love affair with the affluent soldier, Count Vronsky. ‘I don’t know that we did know it would work,’ said Knightley. ‘With “Anna Karenina,” it’s been done so many times before and there was a sense that if you’re going to tell this story again, you might as well do something that’s out there.'” MOVIELINE

Can the Latin Grammys boost struggling record sales this year? “In a year when Latinos were the most talked-about demographic in U.S. politics, the Latin Recording Academy has high hopes that its 13th annual awards show will be a turning point for the industry. The Latin Grammy Awards show, which will be broadcast live Thursday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, comes amid a continuing slump for Latin music. Its U.S. album sales, as measured in units, have dropped nearly 69% since 2006, according to Nielsen SoundScan, far worse than the 44% decline in overall album sales in the same period.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Marion Cotillard on how Katy Perry inspired her performance in “Rust and Bone“: “One of the film’s more euphoric and unexpected moments is when Stephanie reenacts the choreography from her aquatic show in her wheel chair to very recognizable song, Katy Perry’s ‘Firework.’ It marks a moment of triumph for a character that feels she’s finally mastering her new environment. ‘I didn’t really know that song before we shot the movie,’ Cotillard says. ‘There is something very moving in the melody of that song and it really helped me. It didn’t make me smile, but it’s unexpected. And we took that song because it was what they use in the Marineland, but I think it’s a perfect fit.'” IN CONTENTION

Naomi Watts discusses her role in the fact-based disaster film “The Impossible“: “So it was with great uncertainty that she took on the role of Maria, the brave, and very lucky, mother in ‘The Impossible,’ the upcoming film from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that chronicles one family’s horrific experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Despite a grave injury, the character, based on the real-life Maria Belon, was confident and sure-footed, able to display great courage in getting herself and her oldest son to safety while unsure of the fate of her husband and her two youngest boys. Watts spent a good amount of time with Belon to better understand her mind-set and determination. She had a lot of questions.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

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