All the gossip from the Critics Choice Movie Awards

Posted by Dean Piper On January 17th, 2010

*Sandra Bullock may be the toast of Hollywood right now but she was overshadowed by a Beatle when she stepped onto the red carpet at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Sir Paul McCartney, accompanied by girlfriend Nancy Shevell, walked up the carpet at the same time as Sandy and the crowd above the carpet went wild for him and ignored her. Sandra told me: “He’s a Beatle – of course he deserves that sort of response.” Indeed he does!

*Not every star arrived on time for the swish bash at the Hollywood Palladium. Meryl Streep, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Matt Damon and Claire Danes all arrived late to the show and were whisked through the back entrance into the already started ceremony. The early exit award went to Josh Duhamel and Kristin Bell. The When In Rome co-stars presented Best Actor Award to Irish star Saoirse Ronan for her performance in The Lovely Bones and left within 30 minutes of arriving at the bash. Cheeky!

*Tim Kash has come a long way from his days as the newshound at MTV in the UK. Nowadays, Tim’s the top dog at MTV in the US and has just become the first host to sign a non exclusive contract with the channel. So what is he going to do with his extra-curricular time I hear you ask? He’s going to become an actor. He’s signed with agents William Morris to represent his acting work. He told me at the Critics Choice Movie Awards: “I was offered two great acting jobs last year and couldn’t do them as I was exclusively signed for MTV but with the new contract I can get into acting. I’m hopefully into the Lee Strasberg school to act and then we can see what happens.” Good luck Tim!

*Zac Efron answered the rumour mill about whether he’ll replace Tobey Maguire and be stepping into the Spiderman suit in the new movie in the series. He told me: “I don’t know what the chances are to be honest. It’d be a dream come true. What young actor wouldn’t want to be involved in that film.” The guy has a point.

*The boy from new movie The Road, Kodi Smit-McPhee, tells me he was genuinely freaked out by one particular scene in the film. Kodi, 13, who was nominated for the Young Actor Award, told me: “It was especially creepy when the cannibals started running towards me in the film. The book was scary. Luckily I had Viggo Mortensen there to help me through the scary times.” Who wouldn’t feel safe with Viggo protecting them?!

*Carey Mulligan is the new Brit girl on the block in Hollywood. The An Education star looked fab at the Critics Choice Awards but her attitude was far from Hollywood on the red carpet. She brought her mum along as her date for the night. She said: “I’ve brought my mum – she’s the best date I could have had by my side.” Nice one.

*Gabourey Sidibe looks set to sweep the board after her lead role in Precious. She tells me she’s nervous about the prospect of an Oscar nomination. She revealed: “Oh come on, are you serious? I’m not even thinking about that – it would be mad to get a nomination. I get far too star struck at these events to keep calm and together.” She looked perfectly at home when I saw her alongside Bradley Cooper and the rest of the A-Listers.

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