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<p>Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'</p>

Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey lead the list of shocking Oscar snubs

Sarah Polley and Emma Thompson also among the surprising shut-outs

Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative word -- the list of who's out is always going to be longer than the list of who's in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning's announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most.

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<p>Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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The Academy once again goes its own way with a singular list of Oscar nominees

Always there to shake things up a bit, AMPAS snubs some, surprises others

As it always does, the Academy had a few things of its own to say this morning as the 86th annual Oscar nominations announcement was full of intrigue. Never too closely resembling the buzz we're all going on as ballots are turned in, the organization went its own way in a few key areas, putting smiles on some faces, slapping frowns on others.

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86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

Who was honored by the Granddaddy of all awards shows?

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, with nominations in 10 categories. "12 Years a Slave" is right on their heels with nine nods, while six other films made the Best Picture lineup. Full list of nominations below.

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Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Handy live stream if the laptop's handy and you don't want to get out of bed

We're just about 15 minutes away from the big announcement. At 5:40am PT (good GOD), Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth will announce this year's Oscar nominees. If you're tuning in online and steering clear of the horrors of E! and whatnot, you can watch the announcement via the livestream below (and knock out any first-blush reactions instantly as we prepare our initial reactionary coverage). See you soon.

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<p>Look at Cube. He wants to laugh. You know he does.</p>

Look at Cube. He wants to laugh. You know he does.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Review: 'Ride Along' squanders the genuine chemistry between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

It's not a disaster, but it's safe to call it a disappointment

While I'm not sure I'd ever accuse Ice Cube of having any significant dramatic range as an actor, I like his presence on-screen, and I've enjoyed several of the action comedies he's starred in. I think "All About The Benjamins" is just plain fun, and Eva Mendes gives a fantastic comic performance in it. Cube's had several on-screen comic foils, and I'd say Chris Tucker in the first "Friday" remains the gold standard. That film worked as well as it did because the entire cast was strong and funny and worked perfectly off of one another, whether it's Tiny Lister or John Witherspoon or Faizon Love. It was also an incredibly simple concept, played out for all it was worth.

I was hoping "Ride Along" would be an equally strong endeavor. It's a good comic premise: a guy wants to impress his brother-in-law to-be, a cop, and goes on a ride along with him where the cop intentionally exposes him to the craziest stuff possible. I like comedy ideas where you get the premise in one sentence because a good film can then play with character and twist the joke and really milk that premise in a dozen different ways. As it is, I would love to look at the various drafts by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi just to see who contributed what to the film as it exists now. At some point, this became an Ice Cube/Kevin Hart film, and how much you enjoy it probably depends largely on how funny you think Kevin Hart is when he yells.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story: Coven' recap: Can Delia 'Protect the Coven'?

It's a gory episode, but is there some hope, too?

Sometimes I'm just not sure what to make of "American Horror Story: Coven." Last week, it was a kill-a-ganza with soothing music provided by Stevie Nicks, and this week it's an episode that's just as bloody and possibly even more frantic (I blame the lack of a rock icon). 

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<p>Stephanie Petronelli of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Stephanie Petronelli of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Premiere - Boston & Austin Auditions

How do Harry, J-Lo and Keith work as a team?

Goodness gracious! We're back. Season 13 of "American Idol" is here and it's time to get our first look at the judging panel featuring Jennifer "Where's Steven Tyler At?" Lopez, Keith "Don't Accidentally Call Me Karl" Urban and Harry "The Savior" Connick Jr. 

We're starting off with auditions from Boston and Austin, which were either selected for the premiere because the cities rhyme or because FOX likes to foreground the best audition episodes. Two years ago on "Idol," if you'll recall, I declared Phillip Phillips the "American Idol" winner during that first audition episode. And this year, with "X Factor," FOX fooled me into committing to the full season by putting Alex & Sierra into that premiere.

So if tonight's premiere is horrible, that's a wicked bad sign. If it's awesome, however, don't make any grand, sweeping pronouncements about "Idol" being back. Anything can happen!

With that in mind, for the first time since the very first season, FOX made the *full* first audition episode available to critics early. Very early. If it were awful, they would not have don't that. So I'm hopeful and that's what I'm recapping off of, so the time code is screener time code and not airing time code.

Click through, follow along and sound off on your favorite contestants!

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Benjamin Bratt joins '24: Live Another Day'

Benjamin Bratt joins "24: Live Another Day"
He'll play the CIA boss who's tracking the rogue Jack Bauer.

"Veronica Mars" digital spinoff will revolve around Dick Casablancas

Rob Thomas tweets that the spinoff will be a comedy starring Ryan Hansen. PLUS: Jason Dohring was crushing on Kristen Bell during their three years of filming "Veronica Mars."

1960s "Batman" TV series is finally coming to DVD -- thanks to Conan?
For some reason, Warner Bros. apparently let Conan O'Brien announce the DVD release news on Twitter.

NBC orders an "Anchorman"-esque astronaut comedy from Will Ferrell, plus "Ellen More or Less"
The 1962-set "Mission Control" is a workplace comedy win which a macho astronaut butts heads with a strong woman. Meanwhile, Jason Katims' "Ellen More or Less" is about an average-sized woman who reinvents herself after losing 100 pounds.

"True Blood" finds a replacement for Luke Grimes

"Bunheads" alum Nathan Parsons will play the new James.

Vogue first interviewed Lena Dunham in 1998 when she was 11

Dunham and her "Girls" pal Jemima Kirke were part of an article on New York's wealthiest children. PLUS: How much is Dunham's Vogue pictures photoshopped?

CW boss sees no reason to end "Supernatural," talks spinoff

"As long as I'm here and those numbers still hold, god bless them, they can go as long as they want," says CW president Mark Pedowitz. He also said there's a good chance "The Originals" gets picked up for a 2nd season. PLUS: CW's Wonder Woman prequel is dead, and so is "Breaking Pointe."

Another take: Olivia Pope fixes Chris Christie

The New Yorker offers its version on how "Scandal" would tackle Bridgegate.

Terry Crews has helped "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-star Andre Braugher shed 20 pounds

"Terry's my fitness guru," says Braugher. "I now run every day, eat smart meals and try not to snack. If I want to be like Terry, I need to do what he does."

Is "Friday Night Tykes" the new "Toddlers & Tiaras"?
The new Esquire Network show about kids playing organized football is like "Toddlers" in that they both feature parental monsters -- except "Friday Night Tykes" showcases meaner parents.

"Happy Days" turns 40
The classic sitcom premiered on Jan. 15, 1974.

John Boehner to make his "Tonight Show" debut
The Speaker of the House will sit down with Jay Leno on Jan. 23.

Wanda Sykes hooks up with NickMom

She'll help develop a comedy block for mothers as part of a comedy development deal.

Tim Gunn's "Under the Gunn" came about when Heidi Klum had to take a season off
"Heidi and I have a pact," says Gunn. "We will never do another season of the show without each other. I just can't conceive of it."

Arsenio Hall tears up during an interview

Hall lost his composure while talking about Whitney Houston with Tika Sumpter.

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<p>Jane Levy in the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jane Levy in the "Suburgatory" season premiere.

Credit: ABC

Season premiere review: 'Suburgatory' - 'No Me Gusta, Mami'

Tessa and George try to reconnect while Dahlia teaches accountants to twerk

"Suburgatory" is back for a third season, and I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I look up pictures of Tony Danza's grandchildren...

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"My Strange Addiction"

 "My Strange Addiction"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: 'My Strange Addiction' goes to the leeches

Vladimir is a sucker for blood suckers

In tonight's episode of "My Strange Addiction" (Wed. Jan. 15 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet some pretty colorful characters. The highlight? Keyshia, the chick who likes to chew on dirty diapers. Yeah, that's a thing. But in this exclusive clip, you'll meet someone equally odd -- Vladimir, a guy who likes the vampire-high leeches give him. He'll slap on up to 12 leaches at a time. Yup. 

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<p>&quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.</p>

"American Hustle" leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.

Credit: Sony Pictures

Four films stand atop the industry precursor awards circuit

A look at the Best Picture landscape with all the guilds and societies declared

With the announcement of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards nominees this afternoon, all of the various industry guilds and societies have had their say on the season. And it's just under the wire, too, as we're all preparing for the Oscar nominations announcement tomorrow morning. So how did the various contenders fare?

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<p>Agata Trzebuchowska in &quot;Ida.&quot;</p>

Agata Trzebuchowska in "Ida."

Credit: Music Box Films

'Ida' among films nominated for ASC's inaugural Spotlight Award

Award was created to recognize festival premieres and limited releases

This promises to be an interesting addition to the annual awards trail, which could always use new below-the-line honors. Previously, the American Society of Cinematographers has only given out one award for feature film work -- the nominees for which were announced last week. This year, however, they're introducing a second: the Spotlight Award, which will recognize outstanding cinematography in lower-profile films that have either premiered at festivals or opened in limited release.

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