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  1. Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations
  2. Meryl Streep is shortlisted for the 19th time
  3. Launch party and nominations for this year's Brits later
  4. Author Ruth Rendell critical but stable after a stroke

Live Reporting

By Victoria Lindrea and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Night and Good Luck!

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

    That's all for today. Thanks for joining us. If you want to explore the Oscar nominations further, you can check out our special section which features profiles on all the major award nominees.

    The Brit Award nominations will be announced in about an hour. Stay tuned for our story on who makes the grade this year.

  2. Oscar nominations - Get involved

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    Lee Murcutt emails:

    "From Batman to Birdman delighted to see Michael Keaton nominated for best actor..he's always been such an unrated actor, hope it lead to more roles for him. Always enjoyed watching him on the silver screen especially in Beetlejuice, Batman & Jackie Brown."

  3. Oscar nominations - Get involved

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    Luke Connolly emails:

    "Re: Alan's comment that states he and his wife thought The Grand Budapest Hotel was tripe:

    Perhaps you should educate yourself with the work of Wes Anderson before commenting - a director known for his far-flung and imaginative productions.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel was - well is - a wonderful film. It's presentation, dark humour and passionate performances grab your attention from the get-go, and Anderson's filming style adds a certain nuance to this excellent production.

    Ralph Fiennes is disgustingly talented also: easily one of the best British actors of all time."

  4. PM praise

    British prime minister David Cameron "wishes all British nominees the very best" following their Oscar nominations.

  5. Student success

    For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, two short films made by students and recent graduates from the National Film and Television School have been nominated for Oscars.

    The Bigger Picture. directed by Daisy Jacobs, has been nominated for best animated short, while Boogaloo and Graham, directed by 2011 graduate Michael Lennox, has been nominated in the best live action short category.

    Both films have also been nominated for Baftas.

    Jacobs said she was "thrilled to have our film recognised as one of the best". "I'm delighted that what I love doing is something others value."

    Lennox said: "It feels like a whirlwind. It's only been three years since I left the NFTS - never in a millions years did I expect to receive a Bafta and an Oscar nomination. I am massively thankful."

  6. Oscar nominations - Get involved

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    Darren Brackett writes: "Can't believe Ralph Fiennes was overlooked in the best actor category! He gave a masterful performance."

  7. Oscar nominations - Get involved

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    Alan Tucker writes: "I watched the Grand Budapest hotel last Saturday. What utter tripe, no other word for it, both my wife and myself agreed - unusual! It was just nonsense and unfunny. How on earth it is nominated for Oscars is totally beyond me."

  8. Poop scoop

    Dick Pope spoke to BBC World about his "rather wonderful" nomination for cinematography, but denied any knowledge of the new social media star Dick Poop.

    "I don't even know what you just said," he told Matthew Amroliwala, when the presenter tried to explain how his name had been mispronounced at the nominations announcement.

    "I don't follow Twitter - I've got no idea what trending is, that all bypasses me," he chuckled, but added: "I'm very proud."

  9. Nominees tweet

    Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon

    Steve Carell - "Such a great honour. Thank you @TheAcademy. Love to @MarkRuffalo, @channingtatum, Bill Corso, and Bennett Miller."

    Reese Witherspoon - "So happy to celebrate 2 #Oscarnominations for #WILDmovie with my deeply beautiful & talented costar @lauradern!"

    Marvel Entertainment - "Congratulations to @Guardians and @CaptainAmerica on receiving three nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards!"

    Tegan and Sara (who sang original song nominee Everything Is Awesome) - "We couldn't be more proud to see Everything is Awesome has been nominated for an #Oscar for Best Original Song!! Congrats to the whole team!"

    The Lego Movie's other writer/director, Chris Miller - "Congrats to 'Everything is Awesome' though currently the title of the song doesn't seem especially accurate!"

  10. Ecstatic Eddie

    Eddie Redmayne spoke to BBC News on the phone from Hollywood, telling them he was "ecstatic" about his nomination in the best actor category. He said he had woken up very early to hear the news.

    "I can't quite articulate what I am feeling, but it feels pretty good," he said.

    Asked about rivalry with fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, he said: "Frankly just being invited to the party is an extraordinary thing," recalling watching the Oscar ceremony as a young boy. "I never ever dreamt I'd get to go."

  11. Lack of diversity

    - The Hollywood Reporter

    For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Oscar acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses, according to statistics compiled by the Hollywood Reporter.

    British actor David Oyelowo missed out on a best actor nomination for his role as Martin Luther King in Selma, as did director Ava Duvernay.

    It comes at a time of high racial tension in the United States.

    In 2011, the 20 nominees were also entirely white. Prior to that, you have to look back as far as 1998 to find an entirely all-white acting group.

    It's a far cry from 2002, which saw both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington clinch the top acting Oscars - though critics have suggested Selma's chances may have been hurt by the success of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave last year.

  12. Screaming at Redmayne

    - Sky News

    Eddie Redmayne

    Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has told Sky News his best actor nomination is "beyond dreams".

    "It's the crack of dawn here in Los Angeles," he said in a phone interview. "I was in the middle of a deep, dark sleep and suddenly there was a rap on the door. I stumbled to the door and it was my manager there, with a team of people on the phone, screaming."

    "I'm trying to get to terms with it all. I've gone from nought to a hundred miles an hour in the space of about four minutes."

  13. Proud Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch and U2 at the 2014 Oscars

    Celebrity photo-bomber and part time thespian Benedict Cumberbatch says he is "knocked for six" by the news of his best actor nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

    "To ring my parents, who are both actors, and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life," he said.

  14. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Theory of Everything producer Tim Bevan just told me the film's five nominations were "fantastic" and the real hero of the day was screenwriter Anthony McCarten "who put in the heavy lift over many years to get the film to a point where it could be produced".

    Commenting on the nine films up for best picture, he joked: "I think that if there's a B in the title of your movie you're likely to win it!"

    Those films are Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Bevan added: "The list is very interesting, very varied, very different and quite indie."

  15. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    According to the Academy number crunchers, British cinematographer Roger Deakins (Unbroken) now has the most nominations for cinematography of any living person, amassing 12 nods. Charles B Lang Jr and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

    Also nominated in that category is Mexican Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman, who will be hoping to repeat his win last year for Gravity.

    American Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods) has the most nominations for costume design of any living person with 11. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.

  16. The Hulk tweets...

    The Foxcatcher
    Image caption: Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in The Foxcatcher

    Mark Ruffalo, nominated for his role as a wrestler in Foxcatcher, has been practising his acceptance speech on Twitter, thanking his co-stars, his fellow nominees and all of his fans (his agent will be furious).

    Mark Ruffalo tweets

    Andro Dominic also points out, that with Ruffalo and Norton nominated in the best supporting actor category, two incarnations of The Hulk will be going head-to-head at the Oscars.

  17. Poop, poop

    Dick Poop is trending on Twitter. Mr Turner cinematographer Dick Pope is, conversely, having the best and worst of days after an unfortunate slip of the tongue by Academy boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs when she announced his nomination in the best cinematography category.

  18. Too scared to watch

    - BBC Radio 5 live

    Felicity Jones receives a best actress nomination for playing Stephen Hawking's first wife, Jane, in The Theory of Everything.

    But she tells BBC 5 live she purposefully avoided this afternoon's announcement. "It's so nerve-wracking I couldn't watch it," she says. "I was just waiting, then I got a phone call from my brother."

  19. Lego Oscar

    Phil Lord, who wrote and directed The Lego Movie, is not too disheartened his film was snubbed. He tweeted a picture of his own Lego Oscar saying: "It's okay. Made my own!"

    He added: "This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic."

    Lego Oscar

    Lord's co-director Chris Miller said he was thrilled that the movie's theme song, Everything Is Awesome, had been nominated, "though currently the title of the song doesn't seem especially accurate!"

  20. Cooper's hat-trick

    Bradley Coopey

    Bradley Cooper receives his third consecutive Oscar nomination for his role in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.

    He's the first actor to achieve the feat since Russell Crowe was nominated for The Insider, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind at the start of the century.

  21. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Also in the live action short category is Boogaloo and Graham, directed by Michael Lennox. Filmed entirely on location in Northern Ireland, the film is set in 1970s Belfast and follows two young boys who discover the facts of life, aided by the help of their pet chickens. The short also picked up a Bafta nomination last week.

  22. All white on the night?

    Rosianna Halse Rojas tweets: "Looking at these noms, it's kind of hard to believe that Oscar voters are 94% white, 77% male, and have a median age of 62...not."

  23. Bevan the bridesmaid

    - BBC Radio 5 live

    The Theory of Everything

    Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything has received five Oscar nominations, meaning producer Tim Bevan can dust down his dinner jacket again this year.

    He's been nominated for an award on three previous occasions - for Atonement, Elizabeth and Les Miserables - but has never won.

    "We're very well trained at the bridesmaid job," he joked to BBC Radio 5 live.

    "But it's a very great honour. The Academy Awards stand head and shoulders above the others. As the nominations get read out, you certainly get a knot in your stomach."

    He added the Oscar voters would be subject to a lot of... er, persuasion, over the next few weeks.

    "The campaigning goes from sometime last year until the voting stops in the next couple of weeks.

    "It's just a question of keeping the film fresh in everyone's minds and reminding people how great these two actors are."

  24. Host reaction

    Oscar ceremony host Neil Patrick Harris has posted a short video giving his thoughts on the Oscar nominations. See why he lost a $20 bet.

  25. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    The live action short category includes The Phone Call, by British director Mat Kirkby. It stars Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

    Hawkins plays a helpline call centre volunteer who receives a phone call from a mystery man.

    The film was shot in 2013 a week after Hawkins finished filming Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (for which she was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar last year). Kirkby sold his car to pay for the film.

  26. Selma's song

    John Legend and Common

    John Legend and Common wrote the Oscar-nominated song Glory for Selma, which looks at Martin Luther King's pivotal civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama.

    The duo are already front-runners for the best original song award, having picked up a Golden Globe in the same category last weekend.

    Legend has just tweeted: "So grateful for @TheAcademy Award nomination for GLORY!!! On MLK's birthday!!"

  27. Archers congratulate

    The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones starred on BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers for 10 years. They've tweeted: "Thrilled for Felicity Jones [ex Emma Grundy] who's been nominated for an Oscar. And they say Grundys have bad luck..."

  28. All the nominees

    You can see the full list of nominees here.

  29. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Robert Duvall's nomination for best supporting actor in The Judge makes him the oldest Oscar nominee in this category. At 84, he is two years older than the previous oldest nominee, Hal Holbrook, who was up for Into the Wild in 2008. The oldest winner in this category is Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he picked up the Oscar for Beginners in 2012.

  30. Streep races ahead

    Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep's nomination for Into The Woods brings her Oscar tally to 19, extending her reign as most-nominated actress ever.

    Katharine Hepburn is in second place, with 12 citations, followed by Bette Davis on 10.

    Streep has won three - two for best actress (The Iron Lady/Sophie's Choice) and one for best supporting actress (Kramer vs Kramer).

  31. Analysis

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Eight films up for best picture this year - it could have been anywhere between five and 10. For the last three years there have been nine on the shortlist. The strongest showing was for two quirky and dark comedies - Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel - both with nine nominations.

  32. Birdman and Budapest lead

    Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Oscar nominations with nine apiece.

    The Imitation Game is close behind with eight citations, followed by American Sniper and Boyhood on six.

  33. Post update

    Best film Oscar nominees

    Best picture:

    • American Sniper
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Imitation Game
    • Selma
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Whiplash
  34. Post update

    Best director:

    • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
    • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
    • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
  35. Post update

    Best actress:

    • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
    • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    • Reece Witherspoon, Wild
  36. Post update

    Best actor:

    • Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
    • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    • Michael Keaton, Birdman
    • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
  37. Post update

    Original screenplay:

    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Foxcatcher
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Nightcrawler
  38. Post update

    Adapted screenplay:

    • American Sniper
    • The Imitation Game
    • Inherent Vice
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Whiplash
  39. Post update

    Best supporting actress:

    • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    • Laura Dern, Wild
    • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
    • Emma Stone, Birdman
    • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
  40. Post update

    Best supporting actor:

    • Robert Duvall, The Judge
    • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    • Edward Norton, Birdman
    • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    • JK Simmons, Whiplash
  41. Post update

    Interstellar leads the pack at the half-way stage with four nominations, but it is unlikely to feature in the acting and directing categories.

    American Sniper is second with three nods.

  42. Post update

    The first tranche of nominations have ended. The next set - with all the major prizes - start in three minutes time.

  43. Post update

    Surprisingly, The Lego Movie has been snubbed in the best animated film category.

  44. Post update

    Best animated film:

    • Big Hero 6
    • The Boxtrolls
    • How To Train Your Dragon 2
    • Song of the Sea
    • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  45. Post update

    Best original song:

    Everything Is Awesome, Lego Movie (Music and lyrics by Shawn Patterson)

    Glory, Selma (John Legend and Common)

    Grateful, Beyond the Lights (Diane Warren)

    I'm Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Gampbell... I'll Be Me, (Glen Campbell)

    Lost Stars, Begin Again (Adam Levine)

  46. And we're off!

    Alfonso Cuaron and JJ Abrams are on stage - here we go with the nominations...

  47. Mobile phone jeopardy

    Scott Feinberg tweets from the nominations: "The wait begins to see which of my friends this year will try to see if my phone's ringer is on during the Oscar nominations announcement..."

  48. The final countdown

    Inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre

    The Oscar nominations will be announced in two swathes, starting at 13:30 GMT.

    The first section, announced by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and Star Wars' director JJ Abrams will include best animated film and best original song as well as the technical and design categories.

    The second section, announced by actor Chris Pine and Academy boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs, will include the major awards such as best actress, best actor and best director, before concluding with best picture.

    Live video of the announcements will be posted at the top of this page.

  49. Oscar nominations - Get involved

    Tweet us @BBCNewsEnts or email

    There has been a lot of reaction to a fact in our Oscars A-Z, revealing snipers are stationed outside the ceremony. Here's a sample:

    Tom Dickson tweets: "Snipers outside? Isn't there enough sniping from the losers inside?"

    Tom Green tweets: "This is in case Adam Sandler tries to get in."

    And Robert DeNiro @TribecaFilmsUSA tweets: "Snipers, outside the Oscars? What are you kidding? I know the acting & the scripts are terrifyingly crap but that's extreme!" (we presume it's not that Robert DeNiro).

  50. Post update

    Via Twitter

    Jaime Gonzalez

    BBC Mundo, Los Angeles

    "#Oscars2015 nominations live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in LA."

    Oscar nominations press room
  51. Other news

    Some other stories around today you may have missed:

    • A model who claims she was drugged and sexually abused by Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion six years ago has met with police in Los Angeles to determine whether criminal charges can be filed.
    • Singer Tulisa loses an appeal against her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at the V Festival in 2013.
    • Controversial play Truth, Lies and Diana, about Princess Diana's death, is called "patchy", "confused" and "clueless" by reviewers.
    • Three lucky Blue Peter viewers are being offered the chance to become young spies as part of a competition involving MI5.
  52. Berlin premieres

    Still from Life

    The Oscars haven't even happened yet, but this year's film festival season is about to kick off.

    Robert Pattinson film Life and Dame Helen Mirren's Woman in Gold are to premiere at the 65th Berlin Film Festival next month. Directed by Anton Corbijn, Life is inspired by the friendship between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) after Stock was commissioned to snap the star for Life magazine in 1955.

    Also based on a true story, Woman in Gold sees Dame Helen star as octogenarian Jewish refugee Maria Altman, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

  53. Mariah's Las Vegas debut

    Mariah Carey has announced her first-ever Las Vegas residency. The 45-year-old will play at Caesar's Palace, replacing Celine Dion who put her career on hold "indefinitely" last summer to care for her ill husband.

    Carey made the announcement in a pre-recorded interview on The Ellen Show, saying her show at The Colosseum would be inspired by her album, Number 1's. "This is now the updated version with 18 of them," she added.

  54. Post update

    Via Twitter

    Regan Morris

    BBC News, Los Angeles

    "Journalists lining up at Academy for Oscar nominations. Surreal going to work when bars closing."

    Outside the Academy
  55. More hat-bothering

    Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Grammy Williams

    Never mind Oscar nominations, it's National Hat Day! So what better day for Pharrell Williams's famously high hat to move into the Grammy Museum, where it will be on display until 15 March in celebration of "the Grammy effect".

    The Vivienne Westwood hat - credited with sparking a hat-bothering trend - is on loan from US restaurant chain Arby's, which bought the hat for $44,100 (£27,000) when Williams auctioned it on eBay last year.

  56. Ruth Rendell wishes

    Ian Rankin tweets: "Grim news about Ruth Rendell's stroke. Comes so soon after we lost P D James. Wishing her a full and speedy recovery."

  57. Two hours to go

    "Our #OscarNoms excitement is only rivaled by our anxiety about potential tweet typos," tweets The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

    We share your pain.

  58. Pratt of the year

    Chris Pratt tweets: "I still can't believe Harvard University has awarded me the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Degree in Medicine."

    He might have read that award title wrong...

  59. Move over for Mr Bond -

    New York Times

    "There is a lot of my father in Paddington," creator Michael Bond told the New York Times, ahead of the film's opening in the US this Friday.

    "He was a very polite man who always wore a hat. Even when we went to the seaside, he would wear his hat into the sea in case he saw someone he knew and had to raise it.

    "We live in an age now in which that kind of politeness has largely gone out the window. When I was young I was always taught to move aside for elderly people, and that people would do it for me, but they bloody well don't!"

  60. Song for Simone

    - Newsbeat

    Simone Battle

    US pop group GRL have released a song paying tribute to their bandmate Simone Battle, who committed suicide last year, reports Newsbeat.

    The band said they hoped Lighthouse, which was posted to YouTube last night, would encourage those battling depression or other mental illness to reach out to loved ones.

  61. Paris's new musical attraction

    Le Philharmonie

    Last night saw the grand opening of a new concert hall in Paris that has been hailed as "the Pompidou Centre of music".

    The Philharmonie opened six months late and three times over budget, after eight years of building in a rapidly gentrifying corner of Paris known as Cite de la Musique.

    The multi-level complex - with rooftop access - seats 2,400 people and is designed so the audience is never further than 32 metres (105 feet) from the conductor in the orchestra pit.

    But the building's renowned architect, Jean Nouvel, refused to attend the opening night after arguing that it should have been delayed until all elements of the building were complete and the orchestra had had sufficient rehearsal time in the new space.

    "The building is being opened according to a timeline that does not respect architectural and technical requirements," Nouvel ranted in French newspaper, Le Monde. "The Philharmonie has shot itself in each foot."

  62. Miller in cinemas

    A View from the Bridge

    Missed Mark Strong in the Young Vic's production of A View from the Bridge last year? Now theatre fans will have to chance to watch the West End play in cinemas as part of National Theatre Live.

    The Arthur Miller adaptation will be screened across the UK and around the world on 26 March as it is performed live at the Wyndham's Theatre. More details can be found at NT Live.

  63. Procrastinator in chief

    Neil Patrick Harris

    Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris tweeted late last night: "The Oscar nominations come out tomorrow morning. Damn, I really need to finish counting all these ballots!"

  64. Get involved

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter, BBC News

    Who do you think deserves to be Oscar nominated later? Who are you rooting for and what do you think of the films likely to be recognised? Get in touch and let us know what your predictions are - tweet us @BBCNewsEnts or email

  65. Big Mick

    - The Hollywood Reporter

    Oscar favourite Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to star in a film about the rise of McDonalds.

    Keaton - whose role in Hollywood satire Birdman won him a Golden Globe - is considering the lead role in The Founder, about the rise of the burger empire, reveals the Hollywood Reporter.

    It tells the true story of how salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald while they were running a small-time burger outlet in 1950s California. Spotting the restaurant's potential, canny Kroc joined the business in 1955 and developed it as a franchise. He later purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.

    Directed by The Blind Side's John Lee Hancock, the film is already being compared to the 2010 Facebook drama The Social Network. Keaton's casting will certainly add to its attractions.

  66. Rendell statement

    Ruth Rendell

    A statement from Rendell's publisher said: "Ruth Rendell, the renowned crime writer and author of over 60 best-selling novels, suffered a serious stroke on Wednesday, 7 January.

    "She is in hospital under expert care in a critical but stable condition. Her son, Simon Rendell, is with her and thanks everyone for their concern. The family request privacy while the doctors assess the best course of treatment.

    "Our thoughts are with Ruth and her family at this difficult time."

  67. BreakingBreaking News

    Crime writer Ruth Rendell is in a critical but stable condition after suffering a stroke, her publisher said today.

  68. Race to the finish

    - Natalie Jamieson

    Newsbeat entertainment reporter

    British author and screenwriter Nick Hornby, whose screenplay for Wild may win him an Oscar nomination later today, has likened the Oscar race to the Grand National.

    Reese Witherspoon in Wild

    "You might get trampled at any moment but you've just got to run," said Hornby.

    "It doesn't matter as much now because the film has done well enough and anything from this point on is just fluff," added the writer, who believes he has a 50/50 chance of a nomination.

    "I'll be quite glad when Thursday is over, one way or the other."

  69. Moore's 'bad juju'

    Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore, who is widely expected to receive an Oscar nomination for best actress, says she will not be preparing an acceptance speech ahead of the awards.

    The Still Alice actress, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday, believes "it's bad juju".

    "I'm oddly superstitious, too," she told the Huffington Post. "You feel if you're too prepared, you're asking for it."

  70. Elbow back at the bar

    Rock band Elbow are to return to a tiny Manchester club where they worked behind the bar before they were famous.

    The show, at the Roadhouse, is part of a series of intimate gigs for charity War Child. The series will also feature Duran Duran, Bastille, The Vaccines, You Me At Six and Ride.

  71. Oscars A-Z

    Oscar statuettes

    Did you know that police snipers are stationed outside the Oscars every year?

    That fact, and more, can be found in our A-Z of the Academy Awards.

  72. Another Hasty Pudding!

    Chris Pratt

    Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has been named Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

    He shares the Harvard University honour with Golden Globes host Amy Poehler, 2015's Woman of the Year. Both star in the hit TV series Parks and Recreation, though organisers "vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with Parks and Recreation".

    Pratt, who also took the lead role in last year's Lego Movie, will attend an honorary ceremony and parade through the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, next month.

    "We could not be more thrilled to host him and celebrate his talent as only the Pudding can," said Hasty Pudding president Jason Hellerstein.

  73. Oscar predictions

    Apparently, there's such a thing as an "awards analyst" and Scott Feinberg is one of them.

    The US journalist has just published his final Oscar predictions on The Hollywood Reporter.

    Writing on Twitter, he said: "Interstellar will become the most nominated film without a best pic nom since… that's right, The Dark Knight".

    The nominations are due at 13:30 GMT. We'll bring you the highlights here.

  74. Song inspired by Ferguson


    R&B singer Raury has just released a song he wrote about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in the US last year.

    The song was written almost immediately after a grand jury decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson over the incident - sparking widespread rioting.

    The lyrics veer between accusation and conciliation, with one verse saying: "If I spend a day outside, just doing normal things inside my hometown and be the wrong place, wrong time… I could be dying."

    But the track is ultimately meant to be uplifting, with the positive and soaring refrain, "I hope one day we'll fly."

    Listen to the song on Soundcloud.

    After its release, Raury, who came fourth in the BBC's Sound of 2015 last week, took to Twitter to explain his motivation for writing the song.

    Raury's Tweets
  75. Good morning

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

    Welcome to Thursday's live page! It's a big day in the entertainment world as film and music stars await nominations for the Oscars and the Brits respectively.

    We'll be running extensive coverage, picking up Oscar reaction after the announcement at 13:30 GMT. Boyhood and Birdman are expected to be frontrunners with British stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch also in the running. So stay tuned.