Despicable Me 2 was the biggest hit film of last year, pulling in more than £47m at the box office according to figures released by the BFI.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron has won the top prize at the Directors Guild of America as the film gathers momentum for the Oscars.
Adam Sandler's comedy offering Grown Ups 2 has dominated this year's Razzie Awards nominations.
Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in May at Pinewood Studios in London and is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it has been confirmed.
The official Star Wars website also said the film will "star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Quentin Tarantino is reportedly so "depressed" about his latest script apparently being leaked that he is considering not making the film at all.
In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, the film director is quoted as saying: "I finished a script, a first draft ... I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”
He reportedly gave the script - entitled The Hateful Eight - to producer Reggie Hudlin in addition to three actors: Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.
Ruling out the former two, the director surmises that "one of the others let their agent read it and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood".
He is quoted as saying: "I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it."
Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has expressed her "shock" at Emma Thompson's omission from this year's Oscars shortlist.
Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Dame Judi Dench, Amy Adams and Streep have all been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role at the 86th Academy Awards.
Thompson did not make the grade, despite being heavily tipped for her role in the Mary Poppins film Saving Mr Banks.
Streep, who was nominated for August: Osage County, told The Ellen DeGeneres Show she had emailed Thompson to express her dismay over the "injustice".
The Iron Lady actress told the host, "I was really shocked. I wrote her a long, heartfelt email about how bad I felt. She wrote back and just said, 'Good'."
British director Steve McQueen has said that it was "surreal" finding out that his film 12 Years A Slave had secured nine Oscar nominations.
McQueen added that "it was one of those moments where all your dreams and ambitions had come true".
Receiving nine Oscar nominations for 12 Years A Slave is a "testament to all our hard work", British director Steve McQueen told the Hollywood Reporter.
McQueen said: "I'm extraordinarily happy for all the cast and crew of our 12 Years a Slave family. This has been an amazing ride, and to receive nine nominations from the Academy is testament to all of the hard work. And for that I am truly grateful."
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has congratulated his co-stars after it was revealed that he was up for Best Actor for his role in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Receiving an Oscar nomination for documentary feature The Square is "double cause for pride", said British-born actor Khalid Abdalla, who stars as one of the main protagonists in the film.
Jehane Noujaim's documentary is based in Tahrir Square, in Cairo and follows the journey of three protesters, each from a different background.
Actress Judi Dench has said she is "proud" to have been nominated for the best actress Oscar, for her role in Philomena.
She said: "This is just the loveliest news. I'm so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that Philomena has been."