"Hustle," "Gravity" lead Oscar noms, Sundance launches
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 01:27
Jan 16 - The day's top showbiz news and headlines including ''American Hustle'' and ''Gravity'' lead the Oscar nominations, the Sundance Film Festival launches in Utah, and Michael Jackson's estate settles an insurance dispute. Bob Mezan reports.
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The nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards have been announced and con-men caper "American Hustle" received ten nods, including best picture and nods for its actors, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. It also garnered a nod for its director David O. Russell.
Tying for most nods, "Gravity" also received ten nominations including best picture, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director for Alfonso Cuaron.
Historical drama "12 Years a Slave" received nine nominations. In addition to the best picture category, it also earned nods for actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o. The Academy will hand out the Oscars at a ceremony in Los Angeles on March 2.
The Sundance Film Festival launched on Thursday (January 16) in Park City, Utah. This year's festival will feature 117 films and play host to a variety of Hollywood stars including Kristen Stewart, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley.
Finally, the insurers of Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" London comeback concerts have settled out of court with Jackson's estate over a 17.5 million dollar policy. The settlement caps three years of litigation between Lloyd's of London and the estate. The case was scheduled to go to trial next month. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed.
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