Morning Buzz: Tuesday 1.24.12

Eleven Oscar nominations for "Hugo," nine best picture candidates, Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. goes to trial with Dick Clark, Westfield will serve food at LAX, Cadiz water project is back, an Occupy protester gets jail for hitting cops, plus the New York Times moves Hancock Park to "downtown Los Angeles."

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Nine movies were nominated for the best picture Oscar: "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Hugo," "The Help," "War Horse," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life." In all, "Hugo" and its people were nominated 11 times, "The Artist" ten times.

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Michel Hazanavicius, Terrence Malick and Alexander Payne are the best director nominees. Best actress: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara. Best actor: George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt and Demian Bichir.

In the best documentary category, one film featured at LA Observed, Pina, received a nomination. Bill Cunningham New York did not. Full list of nominees (with sound and ad.)

Politics and politicos

Westfield Concession Management, a unit of the Westfield Group that runs shopping cventers, was selected to provide food concessions at LAX terminal 2 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as in the Theme Building. LAX, Daily Breeze

Nothing official about it in terms of whether he's running, but City Attorney Carmen Trutanich reportedly has an 8 p.m. appointment to be interviewed by the Association for Deputy District Attorneys for an endorsement in the race for DA. Los Angeles Dragnet

The Cadiz Valley desert water project is very much alive, and opponent Emily Green plans to attend a public comment session on the draft EIR this evening in Rancho Santa Margarita. Chance of Rain

Media and media people

In a federal civil trial set to begin today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. alleges Dick Clark Productions improperly negotiated a $150-million contract with NBC to air the Golden Globes through 2018. Hollywood Reporter

Lalo Alcaraz is scheduled to talk about Pocho.com and other projects at 2:40 p.m. on "Patt Morrison" on KPCC.

The New York Times does a fairly detailed feature on the animal species found in the La Brea Tar Pits and how they came to be in North America, as well as why they are no longer here. But the metadata erroneously refers to Hancock Park being in "downtown Los Angeles," and doesn't seem to know the pits are in a park called Hancock and not in the unrelated nearby community of the same name. NYT

Nice tribute to the late Don Hunt, a retired L.A. Times editor, by friend George Smith. Dick Destiny

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Gregory Brice, 31, was sentenced to 19 months in county jail for punching an LAPD officer during the Occupy L.A. protest at Bank of America Plaza on Nov. 17. LA Weekly

Burbank police officers investigating a rumor that a truant teenager was planning to "shoot up" Bellarmine-Jefferson High School five years ago were justified in invading the student's home without a warrant because of concerns that violence was imminent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a unanimous, unsigned decision. LAT

The Disney Wonder cruise ship is leaving the Port of Los Angeles in December to launch a new series of trips from the Port of Miami. Daily Breeze

As rumored, an Ace Hotel is moving into the former United Artists Theater building on Broadway in Downtown. LAT

Media op of the day

10:00 AM -- LOS ANGELES -- As construction approaches the halfway mark, Mayor Villaraigosa and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials will take a “hard-hat tour” of the $1.45-billion new Tom Bradley International Terminal construction site.


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Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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