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“Mank” receives 10 Oscar nods

“MANK,” starring Gary Oldman, received 10 nominations for “Oscars.”

It was the year that movie houses closed down, but the movies kept on coming into your home via streaming services. Into this brave new world of the cinema business, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday its nominations for “Oscars.”

“Mank,” the story behind the man who probably wrote most of the script/screenplay for “Citizen Kane,” led the field with 10 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Production Design (Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale), Best Costume Design (Trish Summerville), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Kimberly Spiteri and Gigi Williams), Best Original Score (Emile Mosseri) and Best Sound (Ren Klyce, David Parker and Drew Kuhn).

The nominees for Best Picture are “Mank,” “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Sound of Metal,” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

For a more complete list of nominees, go to:

The awards show will be televised on ABC on Sunday, April 25.

News: White House starts big push


The “Help is Here” road show – a campaign to tout the benefits of President Joe Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” – got underway on Monday. Biden and wife Jill, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff will fan out across the nation to talk up the $1.9 trillion stimulus planned passed by Congress last week.

“It’s not selling it,” said Harris.  “It is literally letting people know their rights. Think of it more as a public education campaign.”

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, downplayed the importance of the rising number of vaccinations, saying it was merely the same pace inherited from the Trump administration, according to the Associated Press.

Business: Biden’s new gold rush

The swift arrival of stimulus checks into the bank accounts across the U.S. helped fuel a big rally Monday on Wall Street. All three major stock indexes posted healthy gains and new records were set.

The Dow Jones Average rose by 174.82 points to 32,953.46 (a new record). The S&P 500 jumped 25.60 to 3,968.94 and Nasdaq was up 139.84 to 13,459.71.

Investors seemed especially interested in companies producing electric cars, a shift in the auto industry promoted by the new Administration. Tesla stock rose strongly.

Sports: Stanford is top seed in NCAA

Stanford University is the overall top seed in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament set to open on March 21.

The field is divided into four brackets named after their locations. Stanford (25-2) is number one in the Alamo Bracket. South Carolina (22-4) is ranked on top the Hemisfair.  UConn (24-1) leads the River Walk group and North Carolina State (20-2) is the prime seed of the Mercado group.

Tournament qualifiers from California are UCLA (18-5) and UC Davis (13-2)

Weather:  Rain gives way to sun, clouds

You may have gotten a bit damp with this morning’s rain, but you should be dry the rest of the week. The forecast for the West Orange County area is for sunny weather on Tuesday with a high of 62 and a low of 45. Sun and clouds will trade place daily the rest of the week, with highs ranging from 64 to 69. In coastal Huntington Beach, daily highs should be about two degrees cooler, but gale warning are in place with winds gusting up to 35 miles an hour on the water.


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