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Daily film news briefs: Oscar noms announced, Critics' Choice Awards tonight

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Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014:

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announces nominees for 2014 Oscars -- 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' lead all films with the most Oscar nominations, while 'Inside Llewyn Davis' was blocked out of all major categories ... and Jonah Hill somehow snuck into the Best Supporting Actor field of nominees. 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'The Butler' and 'Rush' were left in the cold with zero Oscar noms in any category. Here is a complete list of all the Academy Award nominees - with some analysis regarding snubs and surprises. The 2014 Academy Awards will air on March 2nd.

Director snubbed by Oscars to receive Filmmaker of the Year Award -- 'Captain Phillips' director Paul Greengrass - who received Best Director nominations this year from the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Critics' Choice Award and the Directors Guild of America - will be honored by the American Cinema Editors as the Filmmaker of the Year Award, according to Variety. One a related note, Greengrass was not nominated for an Academy Award.

Critics' Choice Movie Awards tonight -- Not be outdone by Academy, the Critics Choice Awards will be handed out tonight (here is a complete list of nominees). The Broadcast Film Critics Association has predicted all but two of the 35 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture between 1997 and 2004 -- but was not as sharp/accurate this year. The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards will air tonight on the CW at 8pm/7pm central.

Anna Kendrick indie flick gets distributor at Sundance Festival -- The Sundance Film Festival is all about indie flicks getting distribution deals - and now comes the first major distribution announcement. The indie flick 'Happy Christmas,' which stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham, will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Magnolia specializes in foreign and independent films and has distributed indie flicks such as 'Take This Waltz,' 'Melancholia' and the upcoming 'Nymphomaniac.'

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