Oscar odds, ends, facts and figures

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello Fun stuff to know about Thursday’s Oscar nominations: FIRST-TIMERS: It’s never too late for an Academy Award nomination. Just ask June Squibb, who is a first-time Oscar nominee for her supporting role in “Nebraska” at 84 years old....

Oh ‘Happy’ day: Pharrell speechless over Oscar nod

AP Photo/Charles Sykes NEW YORK (AP) — A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy – and speechless – over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer’s “Happy,” from the “Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack, is...

Box-office numbers for Oscar best-picture nominees

AP Photo/Uncredited North American box-office performance as of Tuesday for Oscar best-picture nominees: - “American Hustle,” Sony, $103,565,129, 10 nominations, released Dec. 12, 2013. - “Captain Phillips,” Sony, $105,010,295, six nominations, released...

Internal affairs probe stems from Chris Brown case

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police have opened an internal affairs investigation into statements made by an officer who responded to reports that singer Chris Brown had punched a man outside a Washington hotel. That probe centers...

List of 86th annual Academy Award nominations

AP Photo/Francois Duhamel Complete list of 86th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday: 1. Best Picture: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,”...

Oscar nominations announced for supporting actress

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The nominees announced Thursday morning are: Sally Hawkins,...

Oscar nominations announced for best picture

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The nominees announced Thursday morning are: “12 Years a Slave,”...

Premieres, docs and dramas to watch at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Because only the most dedicated (and sleepless) cinephiles could see all 117 feature-length movies playing at the Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday, here’s a short list of the U.S. dramas, documentaries and premieres expected to...

Producer: NSA revelations vindicate CBS drama

AP Photo/John Paul Filo PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A producer of TV’s “Person Of Interest” says revelations about government surveillance have proved early doubters about the drama wrong. Producer Jonathan Nolan said the show, in which an all-seeing machine...

‘Gravity’ may exert force in Oscar nominations

AP Photo/Uncredited The force of “Gravity” may be about to exert itself on Hollywood’s awards season. When Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday morning from Beverly Hills, Calif., Alfonso Cuaron’s 3-D space adventure will likely rival “12...