Good News Friday: Oscar nominations come out, whoo-hoo! The L.A. Kings give $1 million to the community. A dance compilation to make you smile.


Always love the day when the Oscar nominations come out, as myself and millions of other movie fans get ready to debate the merits of movies we haven’t seen, movies we’ve seen that got robbed in the nomination fight, and trying to figure out who will win in some of the most competitive categories.

I love all the debate and the silliness, and can’t wait for Oscar night on Feb. 24.

Some quickie thoughts on the nominations:
— I’ve seen three of the nine Best Picture nominees, and hope to see “Django Unchained” pretty soon. If I had to guess right now, I’d say “Lincoln” is the favorite, “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo” have an outside chance, and “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook” have almost no shot.

— I don’t know why the Academy hates Ben Affleck, but while “Argo” got a Best Picture nod, he didn’t get tabbed for Best Director. Just wrong.

— This may be the most loaded Best Supporting Actor field ever. I mean, how do you choose among Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Philip Seymour Hoffman (who was really a co-lead in “The Master”, but the equally-awesome Joaquin Phoenix was up in the Best Actor category), Tommy Lee Jones, and former winner Christoph Waltz? Absolute Murderer’s Row. No idea who’ll win that.
— Love that we have a 9-year-old nominee (Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and an 85-year-old nominee (Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”) going against each other.

**And now, five minutes of a pretty awesome dance compilation mash-up, with every style you can think of. But instead of that famous video where that comedian does “The History of Dance,” this is the real performers. Pretty sweet stuff…

**Finally, a lot of us hockey fans, as we anxiously await the season to finally start (next Saturday, yay!), are wondering what NHL teams are going to do to make it up to us, after blowing four months of a season in a silly lockout.

Well, the L.A. Kings, the current Stanley Cup champs, are off to a good start. They’ve teamed up with McDonald’s to donate $1 million to four local charities, as a thank you to fans for the support.

The money will go to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Ronald McDonald House, the Boys and Girls Club of America, and City Year Los Angeles.

Very nice job, Kings. Very classy.

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