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Oscars Nominations: ‘Lincoln’ Leads with 12 Academy Award Nominations

Lincoln Oscar nominations
Lincoln nominations
Lincoln nominated in 12 Oscar categories.

It’s that time of the year again. You know, when the Academy nominates a plethora of movies for Best Picture so the public can go out and spend 12 bucks—$15 for 3D!—at their local theater and support the movie industry.

We’re onto you! (But we’ll gladly throw away some money anyway.)

Even the most ardent movie fans probably haven’t heard of some of these films nominated in the prestigious category.

But it does include notable films that have already garnered plenty of Oscar buzz for Best Picture. And they are: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. (Full list of nominees below).

Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations.

For best actor (sorry, Actor in a Leading Role) the Academy nominated Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.

The ladies who shined the brightest this movie season and received nominations for Actress in a Leading Role were Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuella Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts.

And if you’re interested, our pick for the Short Film (Live Action) category is Curfew. Don’t ask us why.

As long as Wreck-It Ralph wins Animated Featured Film we’ll be happy.

And if the Academy is listening, please give the nod to Amour. Our boss really likes the trailer.

The full Oscars list (for the categories you care about):


BeAsts of the southern Wild
DjAngo UnchAined
Les MisérABles
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


Bradley cooper — Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis — Lincoln
Hugh Jackman — Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix — The Master
Denzel Washington — Flight


Jessica Chastain — Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva — Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis — Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts — The Impossible


Michael Haneke — Amour
Benh Zeitlin — Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee — Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg — Lincoln
David O. Russell — Silver Linings Playbook


Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Click here for the full list of nominees.

Invisible Drive Thru Driver (Video)

invisible drive thru drive video

1. This is the best video ever of today.

2. More proof we plan to bring you something interesting here every day.

3. So be here tomorrow.

Alex Jones on Piers Morgan [Video]: ‘1776 Will Commence Again’

Alex Jones with Piers Morgan on CNN
Alex Jones with Piers Morgan on CNN
Alex Jones with Piers Morgan
Alex Jones with Piers Morgan on CNN.

Apparently Piers Morgan believes he convinced some Americans to join his side of the aisle when it comes to the gun control debate all because of a radio host who lost his cool (we’re being nice) and predicted another revolution if guns are taken away from law-abiding Americans.

“I can’t think of a better advertisement for gun control than Alex Jones’ interview [Monday] night,” Morgan told CNN one day after the explosive interview.

“It was startling,” he continued, “it was terrifying in parts, it was completely deluded. It was based on a premise of making Americans so fearful that they all rush out to buy even more guns.”

Jones, the man pushing a petition to deport the British CNN host, became a social media sensation following the interview. As of Wednesday morning, Piers Morgan was still trending on Twitter.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Morgan has been lobbying for stricter gun control laws and has had several testy exchanges with gun advocates on his show.

But nothing compares to this little dandy of a rant Monday night:

“1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!” Jones blasted. “It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out on the street begging for them to have their guns taken! We will not relinquish them! Do you understand?”

New York City Ferry Crash (Video)

New York City ferry accident

Dozens reported injured as ferry slams into lower Manhattan pier. CBS News has continuing video coverage from the scene.

Hillary Clinton Back at Work

Hillary Clinton Helmet
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives football helmet on her first day back in the office. (State Department photo by Nick Merrill)

Now let’s see if she’ll spike the ball on her way out.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly received a rousing ovation Monday when she returned to work after a series of ailments that ultimately landed the former First Lady in the hospital.

But the most poignant moment seemed to come when Clinton’s staff presented her with a white football helmet during a light-hearted moment following significant health issues that kept her from working.

The moment was captured by a photographer and posted on the state department’s Flickr account. Another photo shows Clinton smiling as she displays a blue football jersey that was also presented as a gift. The No. 112 on the jersey represented the number of countries Clinton visited during her tenure, The Associated Press reported.

Clinton, the country’s most traveled secretary of state in history, collapsed and suffered a concussion while battling a virus. She was reportedly suffering from dehydration.

When she went back for a follow up, doctors discovered a dangerous blood clot located between her brain and her skull. Clinton was released last week after three days in New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.

Her ailment prevented Clinton from testifying during a congressional hearing about lax security measures during the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

On Monday, the state department announced that Clinton plans to testify about the security failures at a later date.

Clinton’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat will soon come to an end. Clinton has said she’s looking to relinquish her post this year. President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as her successor. A confirmation hearing date has yet to be announced.

Harlem Globetrotters: Anyone Up for a Game of Icesketball?

Harlem Globetrotters on Ice

Harlem Globe Trotters on Ice

For hockey fans, the start of the NHL season can’t come soon enough.

But in the meantime, there’s always basketball on ice.

Wait, what?

This may not satisfy hockey fans’ craving for some hard-hitting action on the ice, but the Harlem Globetrotters are here to serve, and it appears like they’ll do just about anything to entertain the masses — or at least the couple of hundred of people who came out to watch them slide on ice in Michigan on Monday.

Using ice cleats and not-so-fashionable blue hockey helmets the Globetrotters dunked and slid across the Michigan ice. They danced, did something sort of resembling dribbling and doused chilly fans with confetti.

It sure beats “Disney On Ice.”

Think we can make a new sport out of this?

Hit The Road, Jack (Ray Charles Cover)

Ray Charles Cover - Hit The Road Jack

Ray Charles Cover - Hit The Road Jack

The YouTube description simply says, “My little brother covered Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack” while we were visiting with family over the holidays. Unbeknownst to him, we recorded it.”

Without checking the comments,we played it.

He is either ridiculously good, or laughably horrible…

Which do you think? Watch and comment!

Cops: Freeport Teen Shooter Visits Victim In Hospital, Is Arrested

A teenager suspected of shooting another teen in Freeport last month was arrested after visiting the victim in the hospital on New Year’s Day, Nassau County police said.

Gabriel Tavares allegedly shot the 17-year-old Albhert Corsino in the left calf and thigh near the corner of Guy Lombardo Avenue and Atlantic Avenue on the night of Dec. 12.

Officers who responded to the report of shots fired had stopped a car that was fleeing the scene. Police have said they found the victim suffering from two bullet wounds and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the car.

They charged the driver, 22-year-old Alex Valerio-Fernandez, and the victim with criminal possession of a weapon.

Corsino, whose bail was set at $40,000, is listed in stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center.

After visiting Corsino, Tavares was charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and defacing a weapon.

Tavares’ bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash during his initial court appearance at First District Court in Hempstead.

Valerio-Fernandez is free on $40,000 bond and is due back in court Friday. Corsino is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 10.

All three men are from Freeport. None had an attorney listed as representing them.

Long Island Press – Top 10 Local News Stories for 2012

Long Island News - Top 10

Now that 2012 firmly in the rear view, it’s high time for a little New Year’s retrospection to see what readers love most about us.

These are the top 10 most-read Press stories from last year, as voted by readers, based on the best metric known to journalism—the number of clicks each story got on our website over the past 12 months.

Some are predictable. Others make you wonder. Add them all up and it’s a list that reveals much about our readership’s interests and offers a trip down news memory lane.

10. LI Doctors Among 98 Arrested in Drug Raid: Long Island’s deadly prescription drug abuse epidemic continued to spiral out of control last year as authorities cracked down on dealers and the physicians accused of supplying them with black market pain pills. And still they’ve just scratched the surface.

9. Septic County: Remember how Suffolk County is slowly poisoning its own drinking and surface waters through its septic systems because most of the county lacks sewers? Yea, that’s still a monumental problem.

Septic County

8. 100 Sickened, 1 Arrested at Nassau Coliseum: Right before Sandy, 100 intoxicated teens were hospitalized during a rave at the coliseum. And a helicopter pilot was arrested for landing near the chaotic scene for some reason. Unconfirmed rumors of up to seven people dying are likely what made this story so popular.

7. Amityville Horror: Second Gun Found? It’s been nearly 40 years since Ronald DeFeo murdered his family, but one filmmaker is among those who believe he didn’t act alone. The new evidence? A handle of a handgun found in the canal behind the house last year.

6. 4 LI High Schools Among Top 100 in US: It seems readers like good news, too. This one came when U.S. News & World Report ranked high schools in Rockville Centre, Jericho, Commack and Locust Valley among the nation’s best.

5. Paper Tiger: Newsday, once a flagship daily, has become a shell of its former after being bought by monopolistic Cablevision, the horrific cable company everyone hates. Its staff revealed to us the depth of their despair over the changes since the takeover.

Newsday Muzzled Under Cablevision Control

4. Suffolk Authorities Dispel Serial Killer Suspect Rumors: Armchair detectives solved the Long Island Serial Killer case and broadcast their suspect’s name on the Internet. Except it turns out they were wrong, anyone can post anything to the Internet regardless of validity and the real detectives had to take the rare move to publicly stamp out false rumors.

3. Identifying Princess Doe: Thirty years after a teenage girl believed to be from Long Island was found dead of a brutal murder in a New Jersey cemetery, investigators continue their quest for justice for the unidentified victim.

2. Ripple Effect: While Suffolk has leaching septic tanks poisoning the aquifers that our drinking water comes from, residents of Bethpage and surrounding areas have carcinogenic toxic plumes from the region’s military industrial past to thank for death from the faucets.

Bethpage Toxic Plume

1. Sandy: Anyone really surprised that the storm of the century topped this list? Although the homepage for all our coverage was most-clicked, if we listed every Sandy story separately, it would have taken up most of the top 10.

Long Island Restaurants’ Standout Single Dish Selections

Long Island Restaurants

Any good restaurant can make quesadillas or sushi, but if you add a twist like a quesadilla with gyro meat or a bagel-and-lox sushi roll, then you’re part of the latest trend in Long Island eats—traditional with a twist. So, just because you know that a good steakhouse will wow you with its chops or a seafood joint with its swordfish, don’t bypass their potentially addictive reinventions or their updated classics. Here are some of the best single dishes on LI, from Floral Park to West Islip, that do just that. Expect the unexpected.

2144 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park
Consider this the Hellenic home of the reinvention trend: An innovative storefront eatery where you can get quesadillas or Philly cheesesteaks made with gyro meat. This is Greek like you’ve never seen, and it’s a gem of a find.
Best Dish: Wings—All of them
The Greek Place’s Athenian Wings are prepared with a spicy creamy feta and are juicy, flavorful and damn delicious. The Spartan Wings, perhaps my favorite, feature the tang of lemon oreganato. And don’t forget to try the Chef’s Special Wings with feta and owner Pete Kantoulakos’ own terrific tomato balsamic dressing.

60 Nesconset Hwy., Smithtown
Anthony Scotto’s upscale steakhouse delivers first-rate food and quality service but it’s the seemingly simple, but surprisingly bold bisque that will knock your socks off.
Best Dish: Lobster Bisque
With all of that excellent high-end food, it was our starter, the remarkable Lobster Bisque. Simply put, it’s the best I’ve had in years. Filled with chunks of buttery, meaty lobster and mushrooms, the broth hit the impossible spot between sweet and savory. I would have been satisfied to order bowl after bowl throughout the night.

1020 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park
Thanks to Chef John Orphanos, the menu at Maggie’s is inventive and quality goes well beyond expectation. I was impressed by every single dish we ordered but, alas, I must pick one.
Best Dish: Chianti short ribs
The Chianti Braised Short Ribs were served over a stunningly delicious creamy Gorgonzola polenta with grilled asparagus and topped with a roasted tomato demi glace and crispy onion strings. If you’ve had better, more tender, short ribs, I want to know where.

1095 Jericho Tpke., Commack
631-486-8664; 631-486-8865
Many Long Islanders know its sister location, the venerable Southside Fish & Clam in Lindenhurst, which opened in 1934. This is the upscale version.
Best Dish: Bar Harbour Lobster
This 1.25-pound lobster, prepared in an insanely delicious, chardonnay lemon garlic sauce, will have you licking every last morsel off your plate. A gallon of sauce to go, please!

3209 Horseblock Rd., Medford
You can’t miss at this Italian eatery, and this pick is totally cheating and really unfair to you, because it’s about a dish they no longer serve. However, if you all call and ask for it, they might just add it back.
The unreal, heavenly Pumpkin Ravioli is drizzled with an amaretto and sage sauce and topped with homemade whipped cream. ’Nuff said.

39 Roslyn Ave., Sea Cliff
From soup to dessert, I enjoyed every single item I experienced here, but nothing beats the burger.
Best Dish: Fancy Burger
The Bistro’s Fancy Burger, moist and flavorful with chopped short rib, grilled red onion and Manchego cheese, is my favorite burger on Long Island, period.

31 S. Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck
Modern Japanese food with a focus on small, seasonal plates makes Miraku a true foodie destination.
Best Dish: Everything Bagel
signature sushi roll
The Everything Bagel Signature Roll, with smoked salmon, scallion, cream cheese, and “everything” seasoning is the extremely clever epitome of sushi reinvention. Simply genius.

2849 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh
Traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist is what you’ll get at Mizuno.
Best Dish: Tuna cracker
An inventive selection, the Tuna Cracker Appetizer is unlike any I’ve had before. Tuna, mango, apple, avocado, tobiko, with a special chef’s sauce, all on a surprisingly crisp potato chip, this dish was fresh, innovative and filled with the perfect marriage of ingredients and textures. It’s probably the best single bite I’ve had all year.

299 Raft Ave., Sayville
The menu is huge, the service is attentive and friendly, and the food, especially their seafood, is first-rate.
Best Dish: Caliente calamari
Piled high with incredibly tender fried calamari, heated with jalapeños and Cajun spices, and served with sweet marinara sauce, this is the best calamari dish I’ve ever had.

111 Mineola Blvd., Mineola
156 Gardiner’s Ave., Levittown
Their signature green sauce, fresh ingredients and large variety of Greek specialties are worth the a stop at either location.
Best Dish: shrimp Souvlaki
Tender, marinated, char-broiled shrimp served with pita, lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

186 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park
This low-key, 44-year-old Italian restaurant is well worth the ride from…well, almost anywhere.
Best Dish: Chicken Chestnuts
The showstopper here is the Chicken Chestnuts, tenderized thin, with a sublime chestnut and red wine sauce that is almost fruity and completely reinvents the poultry flavor profile.

778 Montauk Hwy., West Islip
Villa Monaco is somewhat of an institution in West Islip—a local Italian favorite for nearly four decades.
Best Dish: Shrimp orange
Lightly breaded shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and melted mozzarella in an orange sauce flavored by Triple Sec, this dish also can be made with chicken or veal. There’s an old adage that you don’t mix cheese and seafood, but this dish proves that sometimes old adages are just plain wrong.

147 Mineola Blvd., Mineola
Vinoco itself is like a tapas—a small, unlikely treat. The food is as hip and sophisticated as culinary fare you’d find in trendy Manhattan. The inventive offerings and sauce combinations here are brilliant.
Best Dish: Skewers & shooters
The Vinoco Marinated Chicken is flavorful, and arrives with a shot glass of Black Olive aioli. The Drunken Lump Crab Cake with its spicy Pina Colada shooter is another jaw-dropping dish with fresh ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations.

172 Main St., Port Washington
I haven’t eaten here since Chef Roberto Baez left, but many of his exquisite dishes are still on the menu. The intimate, romantic Wild Honey is full of bold, rich flavors and subtle finesse.
Best Dish: Oven roasted french cut chicken
The Oven Roasted French Cut Chicken with whipped Idaho potatoes, smoked garlic spinach and dark pan sauce was a spectacular twist to a classic.