01/15/2015 05:00 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT

Academy Awards 2015: Nominees to be announced

The nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards, Hollywood's top honour in film, will be announced Thursday.

The vaunted U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is set to unveil their entire list of nominees in 24 categories at 8:30 ET in a two-part news conference from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

Directors Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) will announce the first half, which includes the categories for best animated feature film and best original song.

Actor Chris Pine (Into the Woods) and  Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announced the second half, scheduled to begin just eight minutes after the first, which includes top categories such as best actor and actress, best director and best picture.

Some of the films expected to get nods from the Academy include Richard Linklater's 12-year project Boyhood, which won the best drama and best director awards at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ​Birdman, which won Michael Keaton a best actor nod for his role as a fading former superhero star.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 22.

Check back here for ongoing coverage of the nominations, and take part in a live chat with CBC's Eli Glasner and CBC Online's Lauren O'Neil breaking down the entire slate, and what to expect at the main event, at 19:00 ET.