The Daily Shuffle: George Clooney & Michelle Williams Nab Oscar Nods

george clooneyNominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards are out and some of our favorite Hollywood stars received some well-deserved nods including the likes of George Clooney who’s up for Best Actor in The Descendants and Michelle Williams who’s competing for Best Actress in My Week With Marilyn. This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise given that they received similar praise at this year’s Golden Globes, but it will be interesting to see how they’ll fare alongside their competitors. Brad Pitt is also up for Best Actor for his role in Moneyball, while Viola Davis (The Help) and the legendary Meryl Streep (The Irony Lady) will be running against Williams in the Best Actress category. So much talent, but only one can win per category. Which celeb do you think stands the best chance of taking home the highly coveted Oscar? – Oscars

Now that the Heidi Klum and Seal split has been confirmed, it’s time to start speculating on everything else concerning their crumbling marriage. Seal is still wearing his wedding ring and of course people want to know why. When the singer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, he explained the reason, saying, “I am still wearing my ring. I think it’s just pretty much a token of how I feel about this woman. We have eight years. Eight wonderful years together. Just because we have decided to separate doesn’t necessarily mean you take off your ring and you’re no longer connected to that person.” He also added, “Will we wear the rings for the rest of our lives? Who knows? But right now it feels really comfortable on my hand, so I have no intention of taking it off anytime soon.” Translation: I’ll remove it as soon as I meet someone else. – US

Speaking of failed marriages, let’s talk about one that didn’t even get the chance to start. Yesterday it was reported that Aretha Franklin called off her engagement to Willie Wilkerson…only three weeks after they announced their plans to get married. That must be some sort of Hollywood engagement record, right? (Probably not). Anyway, apparently things were just going a little too fast for their liking and Franklin released a statement, saying, “Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time.” I guess Aretha knows what’s best. – US

For all concerned parties, Tracy Morgan is on the mend from his little hospital visit at Sundance. The actor tweeted about his health scare, saying: “Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn.” In my book, if you’re healthy enough to tweet then things are really looking up. Glad to see he’s feeling better. – Twitter