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I total forgot the Oscar nominations were announced yesterday! What was I doing?

Well, I have the nominees for you. Some predictable. Some surprises. Some I still need to see.

What do you think about the nominations? Send me your thoughts.

Be Well,

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'La La Land' earns a leading 14 Oscar nominations; 'Arrival' and 'Moonlight' follow with 8 each
The contemporary musical La La Land was nominated for a leading 14 Oscar nominations -- including Best Picture -- in Beverly Hills Tuesday morning.

The science-fiction picture Arrival and the coming-of-age story Moonlight earned eight nods apiece.

Michael Shannon surprised with a mention for his work in Nocturnal Animals, while Denzel Washington was snubbed for directing the Best Picture nominee Fences and Amy Adams was left off the Best Actress list for the Best Picture contender Arrival.

Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe, as well as Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, read the names during a pre-taped nominations announcement, which was streamed online and broadcast on various television news programs.

The nominees in the top categories are:

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve Arrival
Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins Moonlight

Best Actor
Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling La La Land
Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington Fences

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert Elle
Ruth Negga Loving
Natalie Portman Jackie
Emma Stone La La Land
Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershali Ali Moonlight
Jeff Bridges Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel Lion
Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis Fences
Naomie Harris Moonlight
Nicole Kidman Lion
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures

Best Animated Movie
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel is to serve as host.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Viola Davis react to Oscar nominations
A collection of Hollywood stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone and Viola Davis have shared their excitement in being nominated for an Academy Award.

"I'm beyond, beyond beyond thrilled ... The directors of this film changed my life when I was 9 years old and they directed The Little Mermaid. ... I think this movie is about an amazing young woman who changed the world," Miranda said Tuesday during a phone call with Good Morning America about his song "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana being nominated for Best Original Song.

Moana starring Dwayne Johnson was also nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Stone, in response to receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land, wrote in a statement, "What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my La La Land family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie."

"I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together," she continued.

The contemporary musical leads the pack with a dominating 14 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ryan Gosling.

"I'm very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else's wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special," Gosling added in his own statement.

Davis meanwhile was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in Fences which also received noms for Best Picture, Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Adapted Screenplay.

"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!" Davis said referencing the actor who also served as director on the film.

Michael Shannon, who also called into Good Morning America, expressed his gratitude in being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals.

"Obviously it's kind of a dark movie, very emotional, but it seems to be striking a chord with some people," the actor said on the morning show. "It's so funny. I'm at a hotel right now waiting for my room so I'm literally standing out on the sidewalk pacing around. It's a very unglamorous situation. I haven't had a chance to talk to any of my family yet, being so far away."

Moonlight star Naomie Harris also spoke about being recognized by the Academy after earning a nomination for Best Supporting Actress writing, "Moonlight is touching many hearts at a time when people are seeking compassion and connection in the world. I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing my part of this story as well as my fellow 'Moonlight' family. It has truly been an honor to share Barry Jenkins' and Tarell McCraney's beautiful journey."

"You can't have [Ryan Reynolds], he's mine!"
--Blake Lively, to fans after thanking her husband in her acceptance speech, at the People's Choice Awards

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Which talk show host will become the host of the 69th Emmy Awards?

Laura Prepon, Ben Foster expecting first child
Recently engaged couple Laura Prepon and Ben Foster are reportedly expecting their first child together.

The news, confirmed by a source speaking to People magazine, comes after the pair attended the Creative Coalition's annual Spotlight Awards Sunday during the Sundance Film Festival.

"Ben seemed really protective and kept very close to Laura the entire night. He was holding on to her arm as they walked in and kept by her side during the dinner," noted People magazine, citing an onlooker.

An eyewitness speaking with Us Weekly noted that the Orange is the New Black star was displaying a baby bump while at the Sundance Film Festival and was seen avoiding alcohol and only drinking water throughout the weekend.

Prepon and Foster got engaged in October after a brief romance. The secretive duo made their red carpet debut as a couple for the New York premiere of The Girl on the Train where Prepon was spotted rocking her diamond engagement ring.

Prepon, 36, and Foster, 35, were first linked in July after being spotted together in New York. Both are friends of Prepon's former That '70s Show co-star Danny Masterson.

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Which talk show host will become the host of the 69th Emmy Awards?

The Late Show star Stephen Colbert is to host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CBS and The Television Academy announced Monday.

The gala honoring excellence in television is to air live on the network on Sept. 17.

"We're excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys," Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we've seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television's best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert."

"We are thrilled that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year's Emmy Awards," Television Academy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hayma Washington added. "He's a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team."

"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period," Colbert promised. "Both in person and around the globe."

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