The Latest: Jennifer Jason Leigh wakes up to an Oscar dream

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Posted: Jan 14, 2016 2:10 PM
The Latest: Jennifer Jason Leigh wakes up to an Oscar dream

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the 88th annual Oscar nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Jennifer Jason Leigh says she woke up Thursday to the dream of every child who's wanted to be an actor — an Academy Award nomination.

Leigh says, "Every kid who becomes an actor, you think about it. It's not something that isn't in your brain."

The actress says she tried to keep a normal routine Wednesday night, and shut off her phone before going to bed.

That didn't stop people from calling and waking up Leigh — and her son — but the "Hateful Eight" star turned it into an opportunity for some quality time with him. They made a diorama before her son went to school.

Leigh says she's wanted to work with "Hateful Eight" director Quentin Tarantino for a long time, so that made Thursday's nomination even more rewarding.

As for celebrating her nomination, Leigh says she hasn't figured out anything beyond having a good meal. Leigh says, "I feel like it's just meals galore. Some great breakfast, some great lunch."

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9:55 a.m.

Director Adam McKay says he wasn't sure when he'd have another film with Oscar prospects, so that called for a party.

In the predawn hours, McKay hosted a gathering Thursday at his Los Angeles home for several people who worked on "The Big Short."

Their early wakeup was rewarded not just with waffles, but five Academy Award nominations. McKay was nominated for best director and adapted screenplay, and "The Big Short" received a best picture nomination.

The flurry of nominations led to some boisterous celebrating. McKay says, "We were screaming like idiots in the pitch black with the smell of waffles in the room."

It's a departure from how most Oscar nominees learn that they've been honored — those in Los Angeles are often still in bed, while the announcements arrive mid-day in Europe.

The celebration won't last all day — McKay says he plans to get some sleep before reading some scripts.

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9:40 a.m.

"Brooklyn" screenwriter Nick Hornby says he couldn't watch Thursday's Oscar nominations — it's just too painful.

So instead a flurry of text messages informed him that he had been nominated for an Academy Award, one of three nominations "Brooklyn" received.

The British screenwriter, who likened watching the nominations to "having teeth pulled," says he isn't expecting to win, but is thrilled to be invited back to the show.

Hornby was previously nominated for his screenplay for 2009's "An Education."

Not that Hornby is complaining about how the nominations are announced — he says they're actually pretty convenient for Londoners.

He says, "It seems to be designed for English people. It's very leisurely for us. It's just after lunch."

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8:45 a.m.

Thomas Newman's Oscar nomination for the score for "Bridge of Spies" is the latest honor for a family of composers who now been nominated for 89 Academy Awards.

Newman's cousin is Oscar-winner Randy Newman, and his father, Alfred Newman, was a pioneer of film scoring who won nine Academy Awards.

Thomas Newman has never won an Oscar, but now has been nominated for 13 film scores and songs. His credits include "Skyfall," ''The Shawshank Redemption" and "Wall-E."

"Bridge of Spies" is the first film from director Steven Spielberg in nearly 30 years that wasn't scored by John Williams.

Williams was unavailable to work on "Bridge of Spies," but did snag an Oscar nomination for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It is Williams' 50th Oscar nomination, second only to the late Walt Disney.

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This item has been corrected to reflect that Thomas and Randy Newman are cousins, not brothers.

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8:10 a.m.

"Inside Out" writer-director Pete Docter says that while he's surprised the animated film got a pair of Oscar nominations, the film's personal impact has been even more stunning.

Docter says he based the film and its range of emotions playing out in a little girl's head on personal experiences including his childhood and watching his children grow up.

"Inside Out" was nominated for two Academy Awards Thursday for writing and the other for best animated film.

He says since the film's release he's also heard from parents and the teachers of special education students about how "Inside Out" resonated with them.

Docter says, "I was hoping it would be an entertaining movie with some funny parts and some emotional parts, but I never expected that kind of impact."

He says he's looking forward to celebrating with the crew at Pixar, but notes the famed animation studio also has some work on future projects to get done today.

"Inside Out" took five years to make and was completed more than a year ago. Docter said many of the artists who contributed "have probably worked on another two films in the interim."

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7:40 a.m.

It's been nearly 40 years since Sylvester Stallone's first Academy Award nomination, but Rocky is still going strong.

Stallone was nominated for the writing and acting in the first "Rocky" film, which was released in 1976. On Thursday, he received a supporting actor Oscar nomination for reprising the role in last year's "Creed."

The 69-year-old actor is the sixth actor to receive two Oscar nominations for playing the same character. He now joins a club whose membership includes Cate Blanchett, Bing Crosby, Paul Newman, Peter O'Toole and Al Pacino.

Crosby won in 1944 for playing the character Father O'Malley "Going My Way" and Newman won for his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson in 1986 for "Color of Money."

Stallone writes in a statement that he was "incredibly humbled" by the nomination. The actor won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night and was given a standing ovation.

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7 a.m.

"Max Max: Fury Road" director George Miller says he wasn't expecting his film to be honored at the Academy Awards, let alone receive the second most nominations of any film this year.

The Australian director says, "It's a party I didn't expect to be invited to."

Miller was among those to receive a best director Oscar nomination and received the news at his home in Sydney, where the nominations were announced just before 1 a.m.

Miller says the action-packed blockbuster isn't the typical type of film singled out by the Oscars, but he's thrilled. Miller says, "Needless to say we're doing little happy jigs and it's really nice to be invited to the party."

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6:30 a.m.

The directors and cinematographers behind this year's best picture Oscar nominees have also been nominated in their respective categories.

The nominees for best director are Adam McKay, "The Big Short"; George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"; Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"; Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight."

The nominees for best cinematography are: Ed Lachman, "Carol"; Robert Richardson, "The Hateful Eight"; John Seale, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Revenant"; Roger Deakins, "Sicario."

"The Revenant" led all films with 12 nominations Thursday, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with 10 nominations.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 28 the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live on ABC.

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6:20 a.m.

The nominees for best adapted screenplay are Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, "The Big Short"; Nick Hornby, "Brooklyn"; Phyllis Nagy, "Carol"; Drew Goddard, "The Martian"; Emma Donoghue, "Room"; Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, "Bridge of Spies.

The nominees for best original screenplay are Alex Garland, "Ex Machina"; Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, "Inside Out"; Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"; Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, "Straight Outta Compton."

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 28 the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live on ABC.

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6:12 a.m.

The 88th annual Academy Award nominations for best visual effects have been announced. They are: "Ex Machina," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Martian," ''The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (Walt Disney)

"Mad Max: Fury Road" received 10 nominations, the second most of any film this year.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 28 the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live on ABC.

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6:08 a.m.

The 88th annual Academy Award nominations for best foreign-language film have been announced.

The nominees announced Thursday morning are: Colombia's "Embrace of the Serpent," France's "Mustang," Hungary's "Son of Saul," Jordan's "Theeb" and Denmark's "A War."

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 28 the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Chris Rock and broadcast live on ABC.

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6:00 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for best original song have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: "Earned It" ("50 Shades of Grey"); "Manta Ray" ("Racing Extinction"); "Simple Song #3" ("Youth"); "Til It Happens to You" ("The Hunting Ground"): "Writing's on the Wall" ("Spectre").

Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall" won the best song award at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

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5:58 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for best actress have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: Cate Blanchett, "Carol"; Brie Larson, "Room"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"; Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"; Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn".

Larson won best actress at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

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5:50 a.m.

The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.

The strong showing for "The Revenant," including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his best-picture winning "Birdman."

George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed with 10 nominations, including best picture. Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "The Martian" landed 7 nominations, including best picture, but no best director nod for Scott.

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5:48 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for best picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: "The Big Short," ''Bridge of Spies," ''Brooklyn," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Martian," ''The Revenant," ''Room" and "Spotlight."

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5: 45 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for actor have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo," Matt Damon, "The Martian"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"; Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; and Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl."

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5:43 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for supporting actress have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"; Rooney Mara, "Carol"; Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"; Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"; and Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."

The Oscar nominees for best supporting actor are: Christian Bale, "The Big Short"; Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"; Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"; Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"; Sylvester Stallone, "Creed".

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5:40 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: "Anomalisa," ''Boy and the World," ''Inside Out," Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "When Marnie Was There."

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5:40 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: "Anomalisa," ''Boy and the World," ''Inside Out," Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "When Marnie Was There."

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5:35 a.m.

The Oscar nominees for documentary feature have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. They are: "Amy,"

"Cartel Land," ''What Happened, Miss Simone?," ''The Look of Silence," and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom."

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5:15 a.m.

Reporters, publicists and industry insiders are packing into a theater in Beverly Hills, California, where the Oscar nominations will be announced Thursday morning.

The journalists are waiting for academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and directors Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro and actor John Krasinki to announce nominees ranging from best original song to the films vying for best picture.

Some surprise nominations could be coming Thursday, since this year's awards season has proven unpredictable so far.

The Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Feb. 28, with Chris Rock hosting for the second time.