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The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced on Thursday.

And the Oscar nominees are...

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role:

Oscar nominations announced today

Oscar nominations announced today

"Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained," "Argo," all possible best picture Oscar nominees! In fact there could be as many as 10 films in that category.  We'll find out which of your favorite movies and movie stars could be big winners next month, when Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards today at 8:30 eastern time (5:30PT) live on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Gallery: Predicting the 2013 Oscar nominations

Tsunami movie 'The Impossible' - moving, painful

Tsunami movie 'The Impossible' - moving, painful

Russ Leatherman (also known as Mr. Moviefone) appears every Friday on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Got six seconds? Get fast-forwarded reviews on these movies and everything else at the theater this weekend on Mr. Moviefone's site, sixsecondreviews.com.

'Killing Them Softly' good but very violent

'Killing Them Softly' good but very violent

New this weekend at the movies, two films that are not for the squeamish (or anyone under 17, unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Mr. Moviefone, Russ Leatherman, says one has an Oscar-caliber performance, and the other "is what it is."

Mr. Moviefone: 'Life of Pi' is 'mystical'

Mr. Moviefone: 'Life of Pi' is 'mystical'

Russ Leatherman, also known as Mr. Moviefone, has three very different choices for you this holiday weekend!

  • "Life of Pi" - Leatherman says it's a "big, fantastic, kind of mystical journey." The film's main characters are a boy named Pi Patel (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma), and a tiger who are lost at sea in a small boat. Many thought this was a film that couldn't be made but Leatherman says Oscar winning director Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain') has made a "beautiful" movie.  He is "in" for 'Life of Pi."
  • "Rise of the Guardians" - "More for the kids," says Leatherman about this computer animated film that teams up childhood holiday characters like the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus to save children's imaginations. Leatherman says the film's version of Santa Claus, "with tattoos and a thumb ring" was hard to get used to, but otherwise he liked it. Mr. Moviefone is "in" for "Rise of the Guardians."
  • "Hitchcock" - Anthony Hopkins plays the prolific movie director Alfred Hitchcock, known for his suspenseful thrillers like "Rear Window," "The Birds," or "North by Northwest." This movie takes place during the filming of what is probably Hitchcock's most famous film, "Psycho." Leatherman says Hopkins "not only plays Hitchcock, he IS Hitchcock," and says this is a must see for Hitchcock fans.
Also: "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" & "Silver Linings Playbook"

It's the end of The Twilight Saga

It's the end of The Twilight Saga

Russ Leatherman, also known as Mr. Moviefone, has a look at two new choices in theaters this weekend. One is a big budget vampire epic that people camped out to see opening night and the other is a quieter dramatic comedy about clinical depression with a weird title.

"The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn: Part 2" is the former. "These movies have never been great,”says Leatherman, "but that doesn’t matter to the fans because they love this franchise!” He also points out that for those who DON'T love this franchise, there's good news for you too. This is the 5th and final Twilight film.

Is 'Skyfall' Oscar-worthy?

Is 'Skyfall' Oscar-worthy?

Russ Leatherman, Mr. Moviefone, says the 50th anniversary Bond film "Skyfall" is so good that people didn't wait till the end of the film to applaud. He says that at his viewing, they were standing and clapping after the opening credit sequence! 

Daniel Craig is back for a third turn as Agent 007 in the film, which also features Dame Judi Dench as "M" and Javier Bardem as Bond's latest nemesis, "Raoul Silva."

Kevin James takes a beating in new movie

Kevin James takes a beating in new movie

HLN’s Carlos Diaz compares the new movie “Here Comes the Boom” to a cross between  “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Rocky”.  And the star of the film, Kevin James, agrees!

The movie, which comes out in theaters October 12th, tells the story of a high school biology teacher (James) who becomes a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money to save his school’s music program. It co-stars Salma Hayek as the school nurse and Henry Winkler as the music teacher.

Liam Neeson stars in the action-thriller "Taken 2."

Mr. Moviefone isn't taken with 'Taken 2'

Mr. Moviefone reviews three big flicks hitting the multiplex near you this weekend:

What did you see this weekend at the movies?

Reviews: 'Hit and Run' and 'Premium Rush'

Reviews: 'Hit and Run' and 'Premium Rush'

Russ Leatherman, also known as: Mr. Moviefone, has good news and bad news for action lovers on this new-movie Friday. 

First the bad news:

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