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Fun facts and figures from this year’s Oscar nominations

— After more than 30 years and some two dozen films, Spike Lee received his first Academy Award nomination for best director for "BlacKkKlansman." It's also the first time one of his movies has been nominated for best picture. — Glenn Close's best actress nomination for "The Wife" is her ...

Oscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar voters showered Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite" with a leading 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, while two dominant but contentious Hollywood forces — Netflix and Marvel — each scored their first best picture ...

Oscars 2019: Beyond the stats, why diversity matters

(THE CONVERSATION) With the Academy Awards approaching, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released its most recent report on diversity in Hollywood. It documented an upward trend toward equality: The number of women and people of color in the role of lead or co-lead has risen over the last ...

Oscar nominations skip Cooper for director, Mr. Rogers doc

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rollercoaster of the 2019 awards season continued Tuesday with a batch of Oscar nominations that few could have predicted. Sure, there were some shoo-ins that made it, like "Black Panther" breaking the superhero best picture barrier, and "A Star Is Born," ''The ...

Michael Kors throws a ’70s bash with Barry Manilow on stage

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Kors threw a fashion show worthy of Studio 54 with Barry Manilow belting "Copacabana" on a glittery stage and rock muse Patti Hansen walking the runway last week. His crowd, seated inside a Wall Street ballroom, went wild for both on the closing day of New York ...

A very prompt Marc Jacobs welcomes back a ’90s supermodel

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Jacobs didn't waste a second before starting his runway show. Literally. The designer, whose high-profile show traditionally closes out Fashion Week, was clearly determined to make amends for a September show that began 90 minutes late, leaving fashion editors tapping ...

Christian Siriano wins best-view award

NEW YORK (AP) — If there were a best-view award at New York Fashion Week, Christian Siriano would win it. The sights outside the designer's runway show atop Rockefeller Center were hard to beat: The Empire State building, the Chrysler Building and other Manhattan landmarks, just as the sun ...

Lil’ Kim struts and sings at The Blonds’ saucy fashion show

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop icon Lil' Kim slayed as a blonde at The Blonds, performing her new song "Go Awff" to close the design duo's New York Fashion week show inspired by "Scarface" and other classic gangster movies. David and Phillipe Blond, always fashion provocateurs, wanted to ...

Big hats and simple elegance for Tom Ford

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Ford says these tumultuous times pointed him in the opposite direction at New York Fashion Week with a collection of gentle, non-aggressive elegance done in simple silhouettes, with some Los Angeles-inspired pops of color. There was a distinctive '70s vibe in fake-fur ...

A modern take on the classic white shirt at Carolina Herrera

NEW YORK (AP) — When the last model walked down the Carolina Herrera runway in a floor-length, billowing gown that looked like a huge white shirt, it was a playful nod in two ways. First, it was a take on the tradition of ending a fashion show with a bridal gown. And second, it was a nod by ...

At Oscar de la Renta, meditations on a multicultural Spain

NEW YORK (AP) — The designing duo at Oscar de la Renta, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, presented a collection of relaxed silhouettes and colorful, eclectic clothes, a runway show they said was inspired by a multicultural Spain. "We wanted to do a Spanish collection for Oscar but today's ...

Kate Spade’s new creative director carries on in bold color

NEW YORK (AP) — In her sophomore collection for Kate Spade, creative director Nicola Glass stayed true to the brand's roots in upbeat designs, adding her own twist in the use of bold color. For fall, Glass worked in silks and brocades. Leather embossed in a crocodile design for handbags ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness leaves us feeling loved

Andy Smallman is a go-getter. He’s a teacher, and when he realized he didn’t like the way schools were educating students, he started a new one. It’s been up and running in Seattle since 1994. But Andy isn’t just a go-getter — he’s a go-giver, too. “Let me start by saying ...

Minding Our Elders: Dig deep to find source of pain for mother with dementia

Dear Carol:  My mom was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. She’s become increasingly confused when she tries to explain something, so we don’t know what to think about this. She had a root canal two years ago and did fine, but now she’s having pain that she says ...

Cold enough for ya? A beginner’s guide to winter in North Dakota

So it’s your first winter in North Dakota. Ever since you moved here, people have been talking about The Winter. They say it as if they are talking about one of the most terrifying entities on the planet, like a Loch Ness Sasquatchachupacabra or some nightmarish monster from the mind of ...

He said, she said: AP writers predict 2019 Grammy winners

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Grammys decided to extend the nominees in the top four categories from five to eight, they didn't consider how much harder it would make our lives as credible prediction experts. So we have to dig even deeper than we've done in the past as we ponder, think (and ...

More Grammy nominees makes winning a greater challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When the Grammys added more nominees to its top four categories, the Recording Academy said the expansion from five to eight nominees would add more "flexibility" for voters. But for those artists competing for the night's biggest awards, the change made it a little ...

South Korean women begin to resist intense beauty pressure

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As she pursued her dream of becoming a fashion model, veering for years between extreme dieting and overeating, Park I Seul realized she had a problem: She was not tall and skinny, like typical runway models, nor was she big enough to be a plus-size model. She also ...

Milwaukee museum features thousands of bobbleheads

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians and more. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum ...

Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel

DALLAS (AP) — Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement. Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious ...