Friday, May 17, 2024

Oscarcast: No Nicole, Maybe Barbra

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Tonight’s Academy Awards show kicks off with who else, Neil Patrick Harris, in a musical number. Then Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin appear, and we’re off to the races.

Who we won’t see: Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winner is in Australia with husband Keith Urban and daughter Sunday Rose. Last night was Nicole’s mom’s 70th birthday, and they had a big celebration.

Who we might see: Barbra Streisand may give the best director award. The thinking is that Kathryn Bigelow will’be the first female winner. Streisand, who directed “Yentl” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” is very excited about’Bigelow and will be a great choice. They should also have Penny Marshall, Nora’Ephron, Amy’Heckerling, and Nancy’Meyers, frankly. But Streisand is the Star, and it’could make’for a magic moment.

Bigelow, by the way, has been way low-profile all weekend. Screenwriter boyfriend Mark Boal has been at most events where “The Hurt Locker” should be represented, but Bigelow has been cooling her heels. Sources say she’s nervous. And why not? She’s up against her ex-husband, and all the women in Hollywood are pulling for her.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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