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‘Hustle’ scores Oscar noms

Bruce Dern received his first Oscar nomination in 35 years. 

The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected they would be, with “Gravity,” “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” all receiving a heap of nominations.

The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., were led by the 3-D space odyssey “Gravity” and the con-artist caper “American Hustle,” both with 10 nominations. The harrowing historical epic “12 Years a Slave” trailed closely with nine nominations.

All were among the nine films nominated for best picture. The other nominees are “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Philomena.” More here.

Do you have a favorite flick among the nominees?

What’s the key to a good Oscars party?

You have a few weeks to figure it out.

The Academy Awards show is Feb. 24.

I know it is mostly about the movie clips and looking at attractive people. But how do you keep partygoers from talking during parts of the show you actually want to hear?

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Poolman: Worst Oscars Ever

Octavia Spencer with the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for “the Help”, left, and Meryl Streep with the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for “The Iron Lady” examine their trophies at the Governors Ball following the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Poolman: That had to go down as the worse Oscars ever. The intro was a regurgitation of something Billy Crystal has done over and over again - not fresh at all. Crystal’s humor was dry, uncomfortable and old. It was like trying to laugh at a joke you heard last week. The skits were awful. The Cir de Soleil performance wasn’t even good and that is extremely rare. Who cares if Adam Sandler will show his entire interpersonal feelings on film by the time he is 80? They do interviews the entire show with people like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, etc. and then give the biggest award to some Schmuck that was in a movie nobody will ever watch. Then they turn around give the other to a woman who would be nominated if she appeared in a commercial for Jimmy Johns sandwiches. And why it is every single speech has a thank you to Harvey Weinstein. That guy must pay the Academy members well.

Question: Who would you prefer to emcee Academy Awards — Billy Crystal or Ricky Gervais? Or someone else?

Spielberg Gets Popcorn Snack

Steven Spielberg gets a snack during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Question: What size popcorn do you buy when you go to the movies & do you ask for extra butter?
  

Dujardin Wins Oscar For Best Actor

Jean Dujardin holds Uggie after accepting the Oscar for best picture for “The Artist” at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Story here. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Question: Which film nominated for an Oscar do you most want to see now that the Academy Awards have come and gone?

Possible reasons to watch the Oscars

A) Cleavage. B) Trying to guess who/what will most freak out red state conservatives. C) Film clips. D) The chance to learn of a documentary you might not have known about. E) Lots of talk about dresses. F) Watching the losers show that they really can act. G) Cleavage. H) The chance to be reminded that though you have long thought your own industry is incredibly self-congratulatory, it can't really hold a candle to the wonderful folks saving the world through motion pictures. I) Cleavage. J) That rare well-done acceptance speech. K) Chance to see the latest in plastic surgery. L) Other. 

‘Hugo’ Lands 11 Oscar Nominations

Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure “Hugo” leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film “The Artist”; the family drama “The Descendants”; the Sept. 11 tale “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; the Deep South drama “The Help”; the romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris”; the sports tale “Moneyball”; the family chronicle “The Tree of Life”; and the World War I epic “War Horse.” The nominations set up a best-picture showdown between the top films at the Golden Globes: best musical or comedy recipient “The Artist” and best drama winner “The Descendants”/AP. More here. (AP photo: Director Martin Scorsese poses with the award for Best Director of a Motion Picture for the film “ Hugo” during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday)

Question: Have you seen “Hugo”? Brief review?

Kirk Douglas — hard to watch?

Actor Kirk Douglas' appearance at the Academy Awards show was hard to watch for some folks, if chatter in the workout room this morning was an indicator.

He had a bad stroke a few years ago and came back from it, except for halting speech and some physical feebleness.

The discussion centered around whether celebrities who have obvious and debilitating illnesses — or just showing the slow-downs of older age — should bow out of the limelight or hang in, showing us what the journey to mortality can look like.

Those in the discussion were about divided. What do you think?

(AP photo/Mark J. Terrill)