Morning Buzz: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Nominated for British Oscars

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have both been nominated for the British equivalent of Oscars. The nominations for the British Academy awards were announced yesterday, and Pitt’s performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Angelina’s in Changeling were both recognized, according to Us. Other nominees included Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road and The Reader, Meryl Streep for Doubt, Sean Penn for Milk and Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler.

Gossip Girl creators and producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are going ahead with the long-rumored spin-off of their fashionista soap. E! reports that the CW has given the greenlight to a series detailing the early adventures of Kelly Rutherford’s and Matthew Settle’s Lily and Rufus characters set in 1980s Los Angeles. Two new actors will reprise the roles. “We are inspired by the opportunity to tell overlapping stories and introduce characters that will appear in the past and the present—and hopefully enrich both shows,” Schwartz said. “We love exploring fashion, pop culture, music and a heightened world that’s just a little more fun than the one we actually live in. L.A. in the ’80s totally fits the bill.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore is in danger of a lawsuit for copywright infringement. Moore used an Iraqi war image taken by independant war correspondent Michael Yon on his website without authorization. Page Six reports that Yon, after repeated attempts to contact Moore about using his photograph without permission, is allegedly readying a lawsuit. “I’ve never sued anyone in my life. It looks like Mr. Moore might be the first.” Yon stated.

The inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2009 have been announced, according to the New York Daily News. This year’s nine inductees include Run-DMC, Metallica and guitarist Jeff Beck.

Veteran actor Ricardo Montalban has passed away. He was 88. Montalban was most famous for his roles on ABC’s Fantasy Island as the mysterious Mr. Roarke who made dreams come true, and as the villianous Khan in Star Trek II. E! reports that the actor’s death was announced by a city council member from Los Angeles.