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<p>Is there any chasing Meryl Streep's Oscar record?</p>

Is there any chasing Meryl Streep's Oscar record?

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Notable facts and figures from the 2014 Oscar nominations

From Meryl Streep's record 18th nod to Megan Ellison's rare double

Every year, statistics geeks and record-book keepers have a field day with the Oscar nominations announcement, as the list is scoured for unique anomalies, imposing numbers and ways in which history -- however obscurely -- may have been made. And this year brought its share of records that have been extended, runs that have been broken and any number of trivia bits and bobs. Let's check out a few of them after the jump.

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Press Tour: 'Homeland' creators to send Carrie 'out in the field'

Showtime's Nevins declares last season 'pretty brilliant'

Though fans of "Homeland" took to the Internet to complain about the most recent season, Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins put an upbeat spin on season three. "This is an instantaneous review culture," he said, hinting at fan response, before adding that the series hit the 7 million viewer mark for the network. "Our newest shows are also our highest rated shows."

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'Duck Dynasty' returns to lower ratings

"Duck Dynasty" returns to lower ratings

Last season's premiere attracted 11.8 million. Last night's season premiere was watched by 8.5 million, a 28% decline.

Showtime boss on "Homeland's" future: Mandy Patinkin will likely be "central" to Season 4
Next season, says Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, we "will likely see (Carrie) on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job. As for Mandy Patinkin, "I expect that he will be central, he will be important." PLUS: Nevins thought Season 3 was "pretty brilliant."

"Nurse Jackie," "Californication" and "Penny Dreadful" get premiere dates
"Jackie" and the final season of the David Duchovny series return April 13, while "Penny" kicks off May 11.

Showtime won't do a "Dexter" spinoff without Michael C. Hall
"It would have to involve Michael," says Showtime's David Nevins. "...If we were to do it, I’d only do it with Michael."

Joan Allen joining "The Killing"
She'll play Detective Linden's nemesis on the 4th and final season.

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Showtime picks up 'Happyish' starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and 'The Affair' with Joshua Jackson

Showtime picks up "Happyish" starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and "The Affair" with Joshua Jackson
"Happyish," also starring Rhys Ifans and Kathryn Hahn, follows Hoffman in his pursuit of happiness. "The Affair," meanwhile, tells the story of an affair with Jackson, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney.

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<p>Showtime's David Nevins</p>

Showtime's David Nevins

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Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect lots of 'Dexter' finale and 'Homeland' questions

I'm a live-blogging fool!

Up next on the network executive carousel? Showtime's David Nevins. I'm assuming we're going to ask about Lumberjack "Dexter," the "Homeland" finale (expect spoilers) and more.

Click through to see what's what!

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<p>Ethan&nbsp;Hawke in &quot;Before Midnight&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

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Ethan Hawke reacts to his Oscar nod and tells us what to expect from 'Boyhood'

'It's the most exciting thing I've ever been a part of.'

Ethan Hawke picked up his third nomination to date this morning and his second nomination from the writers branch for co-penning the screenplay for Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight." It's a special mention for the actor because he, Linklater and his co-star and co-writer Julie Delpy were chalked up nearly a decade ago for the very same nomination for "Before Sunset."

Interestingly enough, a year before production began on that 2004 mid-section to what has come to be one of the most unique trilogies in cinema, Hawke and Linklater kicked off a whole other experiment that will finally be unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday night. "Boyhood," filmed over the course of 12 years, will tell a story of childhood and growing up, the years ticking by as Linklater and his team revisited the story consistently throughout that span of time, ending up with what will be another unique glimpse at the drama and minutiae of everyday life, the very purview of Linklater throughout his career.

Hawke hopped on the phone this morning to react to his Oscar nomination and to tell us what we can expect from "Boyhood" when it premieres this weekend. Check out the back and forth below.

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<p>A moment from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot; premiere</p>

A moment from Wednesday's "American Idol" premiere

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' drops 23 percent in Season 13 Wednesday premiere

It's the lowest 'Idol' premiere ever in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
The Season 13 premiere of "American Idol" was down by 23 percent in the key demographic and by 16 percent overall on Wednesday night, making it the lowest rated "Idol" premiere ever in the demo and the lowest season Season 1 in viewers. FOX still dominated Wednesday in all measures.
While the percentage drops from last winter's premiere speak for themselves, FOX still has some spin: For the first time since Season 10, "Idol" premiered with higher ratings than its finale. That's a reflection more on how low the Season 12 finale was than anything else, but still. Also, FOX notes that "Idol" tied the most recent premiere of "The Voice" in viewers.
Well OK!
Meanwhile, "Suburgatory" retained demo numbers decently from "The Middle" in its latest premiere, but dropped steeply in viewers. The second week of "Chicago PD" was also down against returns for "CSI" and "Nashville."
Let's get to the numbers...
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'American Idol' returns to its lowest-ever premiere ratings, despite the revelation of Harry Connick Jr.

"American Idol" returns to its lowest-ever premiere ratings, despite the revelation of Harry Connick Jr.

About 15 million viewers tuned in to see Connick's "amazing" performance as a judge. Critics praised his no-nonsense yet charming approach that stood in stark contrast to last season. PLUS: 8 reasons why Connick was so good as a judge.

Watch Jay Leno hang with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Does Leno reveal his post-"Tonight Show" plans?

Bravo orders "Top Chef Extreme"
The "Top Chef" spinoff will have past contestants competing against each other, in one-on-one culinary duels.

"HIMYM's" final episode will be called "Last Forever"

The creators also revealed that they filmed the final scene with the kids in 2006.

Prince on "New Girl": Here's your 1st look
See Prince come between Nick and Jess.

Watch footage of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Larry David at Tom's Diner
The trio were reportedly filming a Super Bowl commercial.

FXX app will allow streaming of all "The Simpsons" episodes
But there's a catch: You'll have to be an FXX cable subscriber to access the episodes.

Police say Sugar Bear was responsible for Honey Boo Boo car crash
The TLC star made an unsafe left turn, which led to a collision with a truck.

"Jon & Kate" twins refuse to speak on "Today"
Cara and Mady, now 13, went silent during this morning's appearance with their mom, Kate Gosselin.

"King Joffrey" blasts celebrity worship during visit to Oxford
Watch "Game of Thrones" star Jack Gleeson's "epic rant" at Oxford Union.

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<p>Michael Barker (left)&nbsp;with Richard Linklater (center)&nbsp;and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month</p>

Michael Barker (left) with Richard Linklater (center) and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month

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Michael Barker on 'bittersweet' nominations and watching Richard Linklater's career bloom

Sony Classics honcho reflects on the morning's good and bad news

It was a "bittersweet" morning according to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. On one hand his company's films "Before Midnight," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Invisible Woman" combined for a total of five nominations, including a somewhat surprising bid for "Blue" supporting actress Sally Hawkins. On the other, it was a rare occasion where the indie distributor had no nominees in either the Best Documentary Feature or Best Foreign Language Film categories, and neither "Blue" nor "Midnight" was able to push into the Best Picture field.

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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Alone Yet Not Alone.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Introducing 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' the year's most obscure Oscar nominee

Yet again, the Best Original Song category turns up a shocker

The Academy's music branch can always be counted on for at least one out-of-nowhere surprise in the Best Original Song category. Remember "Paris 36?" Or "Chasing Ice?" Or "August Rush?" Forgotten them all? No one would blame you. Anyway, they seem to have truly outdone themselves this year. There were audible gasps and chuckles when Cheryl Boone Isaacs began reading the list of nominees in the category, and first off the bat was "Alone Yet Not Alone" from, er, "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

'Stories We Tell' snubbed but she tweets love to a nominee

It's always inevitable that the Academy will end up snubbing a deserving nominee in one category or another, but one big snub this year was Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" in the feature documentary category. "Stories" won both the NYFCC and LAFCC best documentary honors and was a fixture on many critics' end-of-year top 10 lists. It was almost seen as a lock to make the cut, but appears to have been pushed out by either "Dirty Wars" or "Cutie and the Boxer." Leave it to the always classy Polley to send out a tweet flipping the narrative and heaping praise on one of the actual nominees, Joshua Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing."

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<p>Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'</p>

Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'

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Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey lead the list of shocking Oscar snubs

Sarah Polley and Emma Thompson also among the surprising shut-outs

Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative word -- the list of who's out is always going to be longer than the list of who's in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning's announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most.

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