Contenders for the world's best known movie awards, Hollywood's Oscars, are being unveiled in Beverly Hills, Calif., this morning.
Thor and Rush star Chris Hemsworth will join Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to unveil nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards beginning at 8:38 a.m. ET.
Among the films considered front-runners are the searing slave drama 12 Years a Slave, crime caper tale American Hustle, space saga Gravity, kidnap-at-sea thriller Captain Phillips and '80s trader portrait The Wolf of Wall Street.
Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club is also a likely an Oscar contender for its widely praised performances by actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto as a pair of unlikely, HIV-positive alternative medicine procurers/providers.
Many of the front-runners are based on real-life stories.
Acting performances that have earned praise this season include Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence of American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tom Hanks as the titular Captain Phillips.
The Oscars are the culmination of the annual movie awards season, with the star-studded, lengthy televised gala broadcast live to more than 200 countries and typically watched by more than 30 million people worldwide.
Hosted by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, the 86th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and will air live on ABC.
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in a Naeem Khan dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Garner in a Gucci dress and Neil Lane jewelry; Affleck in Gucci.
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in a L'Wren Scott dress and Fred Leighton jewelry.
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in a Valentino dress, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Fred Leighton jewelry.
in a Jenny Packham dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
in a Christian Dior Couture dress, Brian Atwood shoes, Roger Vivier clutch and Chopard jewelry.
in Louis Vuitton.
in an Oscar de la Renta dress and Moa jewelry.
Bradley Cooper and guest
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Julie Yaeger and Paul Rudd
Rudd in Giorgio Armani.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler
Clooney in Giorgio Armani; Keibler in a Naeem Khan dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
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Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
Christoph Waltz and Judith Holste
in David Meister.
Helena Bonham Carter
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in an Alexis Mabille Couture dress, Roger Vivier shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Neil Lane jewelry.
in a Tadashi Shoji dress, Prada shoes, Edie Parker clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman
Quentin Tarantino and Lianne Spiderbaby
Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney
Jamie Foxx and Corinne Bishop
Foxx in Calvin Klein.
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in Badgley Mischka.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Rebecca Miller
in Domenico Vacca.
Dustin and Lisa Hoffman
Dustin in Calvin Klein.
in a Versace dress and Chopard jewelry.
in a Tadashi Shoji dress and Swarovski clutch.
Marcia Gay Harden
in a David Meister dress, Swarovski clutch and John Hardy jewelry.
in a Zuhair Murad dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
in a Roberto Cavalli dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Jimmy Choo clutch and Sutra jewelry.
Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden