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Awards tracking: CMAs score lowest TV ratings | Denzel wants his Oscars to chat | Tina Fey wins Mark Twain Prize

November 11, 2010 |  6:30 pm

? The Country Music Assn. Awards drew 16.5 million viewers and a 4.7 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. "That was easily enough to give ABC a ratings victory, but also represents the annual telecast's weakest delivery (guess Gwyneth Paltrow making her country singing debut wasn't quite the draw)," reports James Hibberd. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Taylor swift ? "Brad Paisley doing country versions of Lady Gaga songs in the opening monologue" of the Country Music Assn. Awards scored an "A" from L.A. Times' Pop & Hiss scribe Todd Martens. However, Paisley got slapped with a "D" for his rendition of "Back to December" later in the show. Martens grades all of the kudofest's big numbers, including Taylor Swift ("B+) and Kenny Chesney (F). POP & HISS

? What were they wearing as the country stars arrived on the CMA red carpet? Check out The Envelope's photo gallery.

? "I sell them! No, the Oscars I keep next to each other, so they can chat!" says two-time Academy Award champ Denzel Washington ("Training Day," "Glory"). HOLLYWOOD.COM

? Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams sends us this updated Oscar assessment: "Now that I've seen 'Rabbit Hole,' sorry, Nicole Kidman. You will not be nominated for that downward-spiral bummer. This one's disappearing down the proverbial rabbit hole. So, who in her place? My guess is Lesley Manville ('Another Year') on the rise. There will be more movement on the best supporting actress race, but best actress is solidifying. On the open question Annette Bening or Natalie Portman, itís still too close to call. The real jockeying from here on out will be in the competitive best supporting actress race." THELMADAMS.COM

? When Tim Appelo worked as an editor at Amazon, he observed what a huge impact an e-mail blast from the company had when it did promos for books and DVDs. Now that is hyping its list of editors' picks for best films and TV shows of 2010, he wonders "could those innumerably huge e-mails and page views affect the Oscar race?" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Oscars ? Even though director Jean-Luc Godard won't attend the bash for recipients of honorary Oscars on Saturday night, "We are going to honor Monsieur Godard in the same manner that we will honor the others, with grace and style," producer Sid Ganis tells Steve Pond at The Wrap. The others to be feted in person: director/producer Francis Ford Coppola, historian/preservationist Kevin Brownlow and actor Eli Wallach. THE ODDS, THE WRAP

? "Mainstream commercial studio releases such as 'Love & Other Drugs,' 'Secretariat' and 'Morning Glory' are in some ways at a disadvantage without fest support, but that doesnít mean they are out of the running" for the Oscars, says Anne Thompson. INDIE WIRE

? Tina Fey was in the nation's capital Wednesday to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center. At age 40, she is by far the youngest recipient of this prestigious prize and just the third woman on the honor roll following Whoopi Goldberg (2001) and Lily Tomlin (2003). GOLD DERBY

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo of Taylor Swift: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Photo of Oscar: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences