'Lincoln' leads with 12 Oscar nods
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's drama about the last months of the 16th American president's life, leads the field with 12 Oscar nominations.
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a fable about a young Indian man trapped at sea for months on a small boat with a tiger, earned 11 Oscar nods.
Competing with "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi" for the Best Picture title are "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Miserables," "Amour," "Django Unchained" and "Argo."
In the running for Best Actor are Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables," Denzel Washington for "Flight," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master."
Shortlisted for Best Actress are Naomi Watts for "The Impossible," Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," Emmanuelle Riva for "Amour" and Quvenzhane Wallis for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Riva at 85 is the oldest Oscar nominee ever to be mentioned in this category, while Wallis at 9 is the youngest.
Competing in the Best Supporting Actor race are Christoph Waltz from "Django Unchained," Philip Seymour Hoffman from "The Master," Robert De Niro from "Silver Linings Playbook," Alan Arkin from "Argo" and Tommy Lee Jones from "Lincoln." All five actors in this category are previous Oscar winners.
Amy Adams for "The Master."
Nominated for the Best Director prize are David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook," Ang Lee for "Life of Pi," Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln," Michael Haneke for "Amour" and Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Tapped for Best Adapted Screenplay are "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook."
The nominees for Best Original Screenplay are "Amour," "Django Unchained," "Flight," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Zero Dark Thirty" written by Mark Boal.
Mentioned for Best Animated Film are "Frankenweenie," "Wreck-it Ralph," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," "ParaNorman" and "Brave."
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture are "Amour," "No," "War Witch," "A Royal Affair" and "Kon-Tiki."
The contenders for Best Cinematography are "Anna Karenina," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Skyfall."
Up for Best Costumes are "Anna Karenina," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Mirror Mirror" and
"Snow White and the Huntsman."
Nominated for Best Documentary are "5 Broken Cameras," "The Gatekeepers," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Invisible War" and "Searching for Sugar Man."
MacFarlane will serve as host when the Oscars are handed out a ceremony Feb. 24.
Lily Allen gives birth to second daughter
LONDON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- British singer Lily Allen has given birth to her second daughter, People.com reported Thursday.
Baby Marnie Rose was born Tuesday.
Allen, 27, and husband Sam Cooper married in June 2011 and are the parents of a 13-month-old daughter named Ethel Mary.
People.com said the recording artist's representative declined to confirm her pregnancy in July, but Allen tweeted on New Year's Eve she was "only planning on spending a few days of  pregnant. Unlike the last 3 years."
Allen previously suffered a miscarriage and had a stillborn child before giving birth to little Ethel.
Timberlake working on new album
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake announced via Twitter Thursday he plans to release an album this year -- his first since 2006's "FutureSexLoveSounds."
"To whom it may concern . . . I think I'm READY!" Timberlake tweeted, alongside a link to a video on his website, in which he explains his decision to return to music after focusing on his acting career for several years.
The 31-year-old star of "The Social Network" and "Bad Teacher" is seen in the online clip walking into a recording studio.
"Someone asked me the other day... 'So are you just done with music?'" Timberlake said.
"[Music] means more to me than anybody else in the world. I've only done two albums in the past decade," he said. "What does the next decade mean to me? I don't want to put anything out that is... something I don't love. You just don't get that every day. You have to wait for it."
UsMagazine.com quoted an unnamed source as saying Timberlake is nearly done with the album, however, no release date has been announced yet.
'Heaven' still No. 1 on U.S. record chart
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a fifth week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Rihanna's "Diamonds," followed by Taylor Swift's "I Knew You were Trouble" at No. 3, The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" at No. 4 and Macklemore & Lewis' "Thrift Shop" at No. 5.
Rounding out the top tier are Phillip Phillips' "Home" at No. 6, Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" featuring Nicki Minaj at No. 7, will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout" at No. 8, Maroon 5's "One More Night" at No. 9 and Flo Rida's "I Cry" at No. 10.
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