As of right now, Jude Law has decided not to favor this year’s Oscar ceremony with his presence. It’s a big change, since he had planned to be there to support his "Road to Perdition" co-stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman, who is up for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a mafia godfather. Officially, Jude’s reason is that he is going to be on location in London filming "The World of Tomorrow," a science fiction thriller with Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Unofficially, it’s because it’s his close friend Nicole Kidman’s big moment, and neither one wants the persistent talk of their affair, which they both deny profusely, to get in the way. "No, we are not an item," Nicole says, hoping that the focus on her Oscar nomination for "The Hours" "will not be overshadowed by all these false rumors." Heaven forefend.
Russell Crowe says you won’t be seeing him on the red carpet this year, either. He went a little crazy last year when he lost out for his role in "A Beautiful Mind" to Denzel Washington in "Training Day" and after the awards he gave such a wild party in his suite that he was banned from the hotel forever. Of course, there are other hotels all over the place, but this year he has his eye on another prize. He and Danielle Spencer are planning their April wedding on his ranch in Australia, where he is building his own chapel for the occasion. Last week, the lovers flew to Milan to visit Giorgio Armani to approve the designs for Danielle’s wedding dress and Russell’s suit. He covered his eyes with a blindfold rather than break tradition and see his bride’s gown before the wedding. That is so sweet.
Norah Jones, who won eight Grammys this year with her album, "Come Away With Me," is talking marriage with her boyfriend, Lee Alexander, who says, "We’ve talked about a married future together, and proposing would be the perfect way to celebrate her Grammy success." No word on what her father, the sitar player Ravi Shankar thinks, and considering he and Norah don’t really speak much, Norah probably doesn’t care much.