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Oscar statues. Photo: Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning on the heels of what might be an unforeseeable, politically charged awards season.

The backdrop: This year’s Oscars comes at tumultuous period for Hollywood and the movie industry, after dozens of women last year made accused renown film producer Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly to expel him).

Oscar winners such as Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman were also accused of sexual misconduct. You can expect this year's ceremony defined by stirring speeches about sexual harassment, including the political turmoil in Washington.

Key highlights from the nominations:

  • Top nods: “The Shape of Water” leads the field with 13 nominations, including best picture.
  • Best actor nominees: Timothée Chalamet for "Call Me By Your Name," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread," Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out," Gary Oldman for "Darkest Hour," and Denzel Washington for "Roman J. Israel, Esq."
  • Best actress nominees: Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saorise Ronan for “Lady Bird,” and Meryl Streep for “The Post.”
  • Netflix’s film Mudbound received four nominations, including a nod at Mary J. Blige for Best Supporting Actress. The film has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song ("Mighty River") and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Rachel Morrison). Morrison is the first woman to receive a nomination for Best Cinematography by the Academy in its 90-year history.

The Oscars are scheduled for March 4 on ABC and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Go deeper with the list of Oscar nominees.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas case, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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Pfizer says COVID vaccine over 90% effective in kids

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the FDA Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.