Tuesday Roundup: Hathaway to announce Oscar noms; Timberlake is man of the year; Burton heads Cannes jury; Freeman on awards
This just in: Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chief Tom Sherak to announce the nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards on Feb. 2. The official word comes down at 5:30 a.m via the Oscars' website and television, unless you're one of the lucky members of the media in attendance at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at that ungodly hour.
Oh, and in other Anne Hathaway news, she's been selected by the Hasty Pudding Theatrical society at Harvard University as its woman of the year for 2010. She'll be roasted by well-educated men in drag on Jan. 28. The society's man of the year is Emmy and Grammy winner Justin Timberlake, who's no stranger to comedy shenanigans (and the occasional bout of cross-dressing, as evidenced by turns on "Saturday Night Live"). He'll receive his Pudding praise on Feb. 5, which includes a parade through Harvard's stamping grounds of Cambridge, Mass.
Previous winners of man of the year include last year's title holder, James Franco, as well as Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr. and ... Robert Blake (didja know?), while women of the year, which began in 1951, have counted personalities as diverse as Mamie Eisenhower, Carroll Baker, Cher, Sigourney Weaver, Ethel Merman and last year's honoree, Renée Zellweger, in their number.
Meanwhile, "Alice in Wonderland" director Tim Burton has been chosen to head the jury for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in May 2010. Burton has served on the Cannes jury twice before, first in 1997 and later as a member of the short-film jury in 2006. The fest runs from May 12 to 23; official selections are announced in mid-April.
Oh, and if you're asking yourself, "Why Tim Burton?" there's an informative interview on the festival site with its artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, that not only answers that very question, but also gives a crash course on how Cannes jury presidents are selected.
Elsewhere, EW.com is reporting that Spike Jonze's short, "I'm Here," which is enjoying considerable buzz at Sundance, has reached a deal with IFC to air the film on its network sometime this year. Nothing's been set in stone, but as most critics who have seen the short have reported, the film -- about a pair of robots in a decidedly codependent relationship -- deserves a wider audience, so hopefully, "Here" will make it to your cable provider in the months to come.
Call It Like You See It Department: Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman was quoted as saying that award nominations are like "pats on the back" but have done nothing for his career in the long run. But the "Invictus" star, who recently shared a National Board of Review Award (with George Clooney) for his turn as Nelson Mandela in the Clint Eastwood sports drama, isn't dismissing the nicer aspects of the noms and laurels, citing the praise as something that "never gets old." Same goes for honesty, one would hasten to add.
-- Paul Gaita
Photo: Anne Hathaway: Credit: Getty Images
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