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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

3 simple things you can do to avoid the flu

Sydney Loney | posted Thursday, Jan 15th, 2015

Take a sick day

Last year, the flu killed 258 people and sent 3,720 to hospital — in Ontario alone. Still, past studies show Canadians are reluctant to stay home no matter how horrible they feel: Almost 80 percent of us have gone to work while ill (46 percent of women cite guilt as the reason they don’t call in sick). This is bad because of the contagion factor (you’re germy for up to seven days after symptoms show up) and because lack of rest makes you sicker for longer.

Stay in bed if you have a temperature of 38C (100F), says Susan Poutanen,a microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. “You should also stay home if you develop a runny nose, a sore throat, chills, aches or a cough — some of the first signs of the flu.”

Three steps to avoid the flu

1. Sleep more: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say less than seven hours makes you almost three times more likely to catch a cold. Stick to a strict sleep schedule and do whatever it takes, whether that’s wearing an eye mask or switching on a fan, to help you fall asleep faster.

2. Beware the break room: It’s the most infected area at work, say researchers at the University of Arizona. Highly contaminated spots include doorknobs, copy-machine buttons, coffee-pot handles and sink tap handles.

3. Wash, rinse, repeat: A study in the American Journal of Infection shows the flu virus lives on hands and surfaces for up to 10 minutes—and most people touch
their faces once every three minutes. The best defence is to wash hands frequently, lathering up for 20 seconds each time.

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!

5 things to do this weekend: Bridal show, Seussical & exploring Michelangelo

Christine Chubb | posted Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Jan. 9-11, 2015

The Canadian Bridal Show: Drape yourself in snow white… fabric that is, at the Great Canadian Bridal Show. With hundreds of exhibitors you’re sure to find everything you’ll need to make your special day complete. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd. Jan. 9-11. $20. canadasbridalshow.com

Disney Live! Mickey Mouse Music Festival: Celebrate the weekend with 25 of your favourite Disney characters at Disney Live! Mickey Mouse Music Festival. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to your favourite Disney hits remixed to hop, pop, rock, country. Plus Tiny Toms Donuts will have a food truck outside to grab a warm and tasty treat. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. Jan. 9-11. sonycentre.ca

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius: You know the Sistine Chapel but explore the other great works that made Michelangelo Buonarroti a Renaissance master through a selection of rare drawings. The exhibit also looks at the influence he had on French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Catch it before it closes this weekend. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Until Jan. 11. Adult $25, Senior $21.50, Student & Youth $16.50. ago.net

Holidazed and Confused: You’ve lived the stress, now it’s time to laugh about it at Second City’s Holidazed & Confused. With fresh new seasonal sketches and songs, you’ll laugh your winter worries away. The Second City, 51 Mercer St. Starting at $25. Friday, 10:30 p.m.secondcity.com

Seussical The Musical: Whos and yous and cats in hats will come together for rhyming chats. Forgo freezing for fabulous fun. Seussical The Musical’s at Lower Ossington. 100A Ossington Ave. Saturday 11 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $29.99-$49.99.lowerossingtontheatre.com

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca,or submit it online at CityNews.ca or 680News.com, or via our iPhone & iPad apps.

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Jan. 10

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015

Get ready for a busy Saturday of hockey.

The action begins at 1 p.m. with a game in Philadelphia followed by an action-packed lineup — including six games and five Canadian teams — shown across the country.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

The 1 p.m. game:

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Boston hasn’t lost a game to the Flyers since Apr. 23, 2013. They’re 4-0 in those games, having outscored the Flyers 17-7. Jakub Voracek still leads the league in scoring with 16 goals, 33 assists, and 49 points through 41 games. The last time a Flyer led the league in scoring at the end of the season was 1994-95 when Eric Lindros tied Jaromir Jagr with 70 points. Lindros had 29 goals and 41 assists, and tied for the league lead despite playing two fewer games than Jagr.

The 7 p.m. games:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: This is the last matchup between these clubs this season. The series is tied 1-1, with the Penguins outscoring the Canadiens 5-4. Montreal won the 2013-14 season series vs Pittsburgh by winning the rubber match 6-5 in a shootout on Feb. 27, 2014. David Desharnais had the winning shootout goal in that game…. Despite going 5 for 7 in shootouts last year Desharnais is just 1 for 6 this season…. The Penguins’ special teams are among the best in the league. They rank seventh on the power play with a 21.5 per cent success rate, and have the second ranked penalty kill with a 87.9 per cent success rate.

Ottawa Senators vs. Arizona Coyotes 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: This is the first matchup between these clubs this year. Last season they split their season series with each team winning a 4-3 game in overtime…. Despite playing in 1,355 games Shane Doan has played in just 20 against the Senators in his career. He has six goals and five assists with a -4 plus/minus rating against Ottawa.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: Despite being a notoriously strong team, the Red Wings haven’t been much of a match for Alexander Ovechkin in his career. He has nine goals and 16 points in 12 games against Detroit…. Ovechkin has a goal in each of his past five games coming into Saturday’s game…. Since the 2010-11 season, Henrik Zetterberg has been the Red Wings’ leading forward in ice time. This season is no different, averaging 19:29 of ice time per game.

The 10 p.m. games:

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Vancouver hasn’t lost a game to Calgary since Feb. 11, 2012… Despite this the Canucks are 101-118-33-5 all-time vs the Flames…. Calgary’s leading scoring, Jiri Hudler, is well on pace to set career high’s in just about every category. Hudler has 13 goals and 38 points in 39 games this season setting him on pace for 27 goals and 78 points. His career high is 25 goals in 2011-12, and 57 points in 2008-09.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: Just 20 games into his career and Michael Hutchinson is already ninth in wins in the Jets’ franchise history with 12. This is in large part due to the Atlanta Thrashers lineage and not the former Jets/Coyotes franchise marks. Ondrej Pavelec leads the franchise with 123, nearly 30 above the second place goaltender…. In comparison Jonathan Quick also leads the Kings’ franchise with 192 wins. However, he also has the franchise mark for save percentage (.915), goals-against average (2.29), shutouts (34), and sits second in minutes played (21,620).

New York Rangers vs. San Jose Sharks 
Channel: FX Canada
Broadcast crew:
Game notes: The Rangers are hot right now. They are 12-1 in their last 13 games…. New York has scored four or more goals in eight of those contests, including each of their last four games…. The Sharks are 3-2 in their last five games, but have been outscored 21-14 in those games. This is because of a pair of 7-2 beatings by the St. Louis Blues…. After a disappointing season last year, Rick Nash is putting all of that behind him in 2014-15. Nash has already surpassed last season’s point totals with an assist on Thursday. He now has 25 goals, and 40 points in 39 games this season.

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