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Nominations announced for 87th annual Oscars

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015

The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on Thursday from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by actor Chris Pine, and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón for the announcement.

The awards air on Feb. 22, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

See a partial list of nominees below.

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Director
Alejandro Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Cinematography
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Film Editing
American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Music, Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Music, Original Song
“Everything is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie
“Glory,” from Selma
“Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” from Begin Again

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Short Film, Animated
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Short Film, Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

5 stunners on Golden Globes red carpet

Christina Balram | posted Monday, Jan 12th, 2015


Lights, camera, sparkle. The 72nd-annual Golden Globes kicked off the 2015 awards season, and viewers around the world gazed in awe at the fashions as celebs walked down the red carpet.

From Amal Alamuddin’s gloves to J.Lo’s thigh-high slit, here are some of our favourite ensembles:

Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel take top Golden Globes

Reuters | posted Monday, Jan 12th, 2015


Coming of age tale Boyhood won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the quirky period caper The Grand Budapest Hotel was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner Birdman.

The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were scattered widely among many films, potentially setting up a complex race towards the industry’s top honors, the Oscars on Feb. 22.

Boyhood took three Globes, including the night’s top honor, a reward for the unprecedented cinematic venture of making a film over 12 years with the same actors. The man behind the low-budget experiment, Richard Linklater, won best director and Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress as the compassionate mother of the boy in the film.

Birdman, a satire of show business that led all nominees with seven nods, picked up best screenplay, by the film’s director, Alejandro Inarritu, and best actor in a comedy or musical for Michael Keaton, embodying a comeback in film and real life.

In the first award of the night, JK Simmons won best supporting actor as an intense music teacher in the indie film Whiplash.

Amy Adams was awarded the award for best actress in a comedy, for the role of artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.

Other top actor awards went to performers who portrayed the pain of illness.

Julianne Moore won best actress in a drama as an early-onset Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice, while Eddie Redmayne took best actor in a drama for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

But The Grand Budapest Hotel from director Wes Anderson was the big surprise of the night as best comedy or musical, although it only took home that one award.

Civil rights drama Selma won one award, for best song, while The Imitation Game walked away empty-handed.

The outcome of the 72nd Globes will not influence the Academy Awards slate, since voting for next week’s nominees announcement is closed. But it can give crucial momentum to the Oscar race.

Week of Jan. 12, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 11th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

NHL hall-of-famer Joe Nieuwendyk will tell us how he’s giving back to his hometown of Whitby.

Jeanne Beker stops by Wednesday to talk about the politics of fashion.

And later in the week, a taste of summer as Blue Jays superstars Jose Bautista and R.A. Dickey will be live in-studio.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Canadian political leaders & citizens condemn deadly Paris attack

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 8th, 2015

A man holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris

Canadian political leaders and citizens reacted with horror and anger Wednesday to the attack on a Paris newspaper, with the prime minister touching on Canada’s own recent tragedies involving jihadist sympathizers.

In a statement, Stephen Harper offered condolences to the families and friends of the 12 people killed in the assault and said Canada stands with France. The Canadian embassy in Paris is flying its flag at half mast.

Masked gunmen stormed the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing a dozen people — including police officers and journalists — before making their escape.

Hundreds gathered in Toronto’s downtown core at Yonge and Bloor streets Wednesday night for an emotional vigil.

French President Francois Hollande called the attack on the weekly paper, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, “a terrorist attack without a doubt.”

“This barbaric act — along with recent attacks in Sydney, (Australia), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa — is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” Harper said.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said he was shocked and disgusted by the mass shooting, calling it senseless violence.

“Freedom of speech is a fundamental, universal value,” Mulcair told a news conference on Parliament Hill. “We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced by cowardly acts such as these.”

On Twitter, Canadian politicians delivered an outpouring of condemnation and fury. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for the people of France, the victims and their families.

Added Employment Minister Jason Kenney: “Outraged by the brutal terrorist attack against free speech in Paris today. This cult of violence must be stopped.”

Former governor general Michaelle Jean, now the secretary general of the Francophonie, called the killings a “frontal attack” on freedom of expression.

“This goes against the fundamental values of tolerance, diversity and democracy upheld by the Francophonie,” Jean said in a statement. “The fight against terrorism is also that of the francophone community.”

With files from The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, CityNews.ca

Wind chill expected to drop to near -30 C on Wednesday

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 7th, 2015


An extreme cold warning remains in effect for much of Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, as the wind chill is expected to drop to near -30 on Wednesday.

The warning from Environment Canada, which advises anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk of frostbite and hypothermia, was issued on Tuesday on Day 2 of the deep freeze in the GTA and continues into Wednesday.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said the mercury will drop to -17 C later on Wednesday with wind chill values near -30. It will be mainly cloudy and windy with a chance of flurries.

The City of Toronto is also expected to issue an extreme cold weather alert.

“The current forecast indicates that the criteria for a City of Toronto extreme cold weather alert will be in place tomorrow, Jan. 7,” Toronto Public Health said in a release.

“Low temperatures are expected very early tomorrow morning, reaching -15 C by 9 a.m. City of Toronto and community services which respond to extreme cold weather alerts will initiate services in time to support vulnerable individuals.”

Some have questioned why the city didn’t issue an extreme cold weather alert earlier this week. Dr. Howard Shapiro, Toronto Public Health, said one wasn’t warranted.

“Based on our criteria it’s quite clear that it shouldn’t have (been issued). I’m pretty confident that we made the right call,” Shapiro said.

The alerts are issued when temperatures plunge to -15 C.

In Toronto, extra services have already been made available for the homeless and emergency and outreach workers are also on alert.

The city opened two 24-hour, extreme weather drop-in centres on Tuesday night, and shelters have been directed to relax any service restrictions.

The moves came hours after the deaths of two men who were found outside in the cold sparked protests and calls for action from Mayor John Tory.

Additional shelter spaces have been opened for men and women, and street outreach and transportation services are being increased.

If you see someone on the street who needs help, you can call 311. Or, if you know anyone who needs emergency shelter, call 311 or 1-877-338-3398.

Click here for more information on how to help the vulnerable during cold weather.

Click here for more information on extreme cold weather alerts and the services they trigger.

The Toronto District School Board also the bitter cold temperatures may affect students, saying children are kept indoors whenever the temperature and wind chill hit -28 degrees or lower. The board also said recess and lunch may be shortened or cancelled if the temperature and windchill measure between -20 and -28 degrees.

Week of Jan. 5, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 4th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

MoneySense expert Bruce Sellery will tell you how to get your finances in order for 2015.

Also next week, Mary-Anne herself, Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells is stopping by!

Plus, Hailey Duff and a performance by Kardinal Offishall.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Coldest weather of the season expected this week

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 4th, 2015


Residents in the GTA will be hit with the coldest weather of the season this week, according to Environment Canada.

A “frigid Arctic air mass” will arrive Sunday night, leading to a deep freeze in southern Ontario.

Extreme cold warnings are likely throughout the work week due to the combination of cold and wind.

Meanwhile, a snow-squall watch is in effect for parts of the GTA, including Newmarket, Uxbridge and the northern part of York and Durham regions.

Heavy and blowing snow is expected Sunday evening and will continue until Monday evening, reducing visibility. Environment Canada said snow will accumulate quickly.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably,” the agency said.

“Changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common.”

A freezing rain warning for the same area, which was put in place Sunday morning as temperatures remained near 0 C, is now over.

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