Royal exit meeting, Oscar nominations, College Football National Championship: 5 things to know Monday

College Football National Championship: Clemson and LSU battle for all the marbles

The College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night is a battle of Tigers as No. 1 seed LSU faces off with No. 3 seed Clemson at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, high-flying LSU is aiming to finish off one of the most impressive seasons ever by a Southeastern Conference team by capturing its first national title since the 2007 campaign in its backyard. For Clemson, the game represents a chance to form one of the great dynasties in the modern college game: a national title would be its second championship in a row and third in four years. 

  • Clemson coaching staff continuity key to its title runs will be tested after season
  • A second chance allowed third-choiceOrgeron to lead LSU to national title game
  • College Football National Championship: LSU vs. Clemson predictions

Royal family to discuss Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s future

Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British royal family will meet Monday to discuss the fallout from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s historic announcement last week. According to Buckingham Palace, the queen, Prince Charles, Prince Wiliam and Harry will attend the meeting to agree on “next steps” after Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, decided to “step back” as senior royals. The young royals’ decision comes after months of exasperation with media coverage that mocked them on issues such as their use of private planes while campaigning against climate change. Both had expressed publicly their unhappiness as the year wound down: Harry said he was in a “different place” from brother William at the moment; Meghan lamented the unstinting media scrutiny.

  • What are Harry and Meghan thinking?: They don’t want to be ‘senior royals’ anymore?
  • Everything we know aboutPrince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s historic royal announcement

Grab hold of your pearls, because Oscar nominations come out Monday 

This has been an Oscar season tailor-made for a Joker movie, but things might even get crazier on Monday when the Academy Awards nominations are announced (8:18 a.m. ET/5:18 PT). While favorites loom in some of the acting races, there’s no clear runaway for best picture and Hollywood may be looking at not only another #OscarsSoWhite situation, but also one where no women break into the best director category in arguably one of the best years ever for female filmmakers. Whatever happens, movie lovers and experts alike will have snubs and surprises to drive conversation and Oscar pools right up until the big – and again hostless – ceremony on Feb. 9 (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT).

  • We have so many Oscar questions: Is Brad Pitt in? Will ‘The Irishman’ win it all?

  • The Oscars are less than a month away! Here are the films and actors leading the race.

Florida teachers set to march for more funding

Thousands of Florida teachers, parents and public education supporters are headed to the state Capitol in Tallahassee on Monday to protest what they say is inadequate funding for public education. The march is set to take place while the state Senate Education Committee discusses how to boost pay for classroom instructors. Florida ranks among the bottom 10 states in teacher pay – with many school staff earning a wage below the federal poverty line.

‘1917’ finally ends the ‘Star Wars’ box office reign

Director Sam Mendes’ World War I story “1917″ brought in $36.5 million in its first weekend of wide release, easily topping the box office and ending the three-week reign of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which brought in $15 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, with final numbers expected Monday. Universal’s expansion strategy worked beautifully for “1917” as the film went from just 11 screens in its first two weeks to more than 3,400 on the weekend after it won Golden Globes for best director and best drama film. With its previous two-week take, “1917″ has now earned $39.2 million in the U.S. and Canada and over $60 million globally. That’s of course dwarfed by Disney’s total domestic take of $478.2 million for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which is on the verge of reaching $1 billion globally after four weeks.

  • Why ‘1917’ is the heart-wrenching, genre-defying war thriller you have to see

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