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Oscars to Be Handed Out Sunday Night

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- All eyes will be on Hollywood this Sunday, when the 86th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast on ABC. The network's coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time and 4 p.m. Pacific time, with red carpet interviews.

If you can't get to a TV on Sunday night, the ceremony will be streamed live on,, and the Watch ABC app.

Gravity and American Hustle both have a leading 10 nominations. 12 Years a Slave has nine nominations. All three films are contenders for the best picture Oscar.

There are a total of nine nominees in the Academy's top category this year. The others are Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Tom O'Neil, of the award show-centric website Gold Derby, says there may be an upset in the best picture race because of the Academy's preferential ballot system. Under the system, voters rank the films in order of preference, one through nine.

For what it's worth, 12 Years a Slave received the Golden Globe in January for best motion picture – drama, while American Hustle won the equivalent award in the comedy/musical category.

The best actor race may well come down to Matthew McConaughey, who's nominated for his role in Dallas Buyers Club as an electrician and rodeo cowboy in the 1980s who has HIV, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was the lead in 12 Years a Slave. Their competition includes Christian Bale, who's up for American Hustle; Bruce Dern, who earned his nod for Nebraska;  and The Wolf of Wall Street's Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cate Blanchett is considered to be the front-runner for the best actress Oscar, for her performance as a suddenly-broke widower in the Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine. The rest of the field consists of American Hustle's Amy Adams, Gravity's Sandra Bullock, Philomena's Judi Dench, and August: Osage County's Meryl Streep.

Actor/rock musician Jared Leto has received kudos this award season for playing a transgendered woman in Dallas Buyers Club. He's up for best supporting actor, as are newcomer Barkhad Abdi of Captain Phillips, American Hustle's Bradley Cooper, 12 Years a Slave's Michael Fassbender, and The Wolf of Wall Street's Jonah Hill.

Eighty-four-year-old Nebraska star June Squibb will make Oscar history if she wins the best supporting actress category. She'd become the oldest winner in any of the acting categories. She opposes American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence, 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o, August: Osage County's Julia Roberts and Blue Jasmine's Sally Hawkins.

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón is a strong bet to claim the best director Oscar after winning the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards in January. Only seven times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the feature film winner not gone on to win an Academy Award the same year. The other nominees are David O. Russell, for American Hustle; Alexander Payne, for Nebraska; Steve McQueen, for 12 Years a Slave; and Martin Scorsese, for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Bette Midler and Pink are expected to perform at the Oscars ceremony. In addition, the telecast will feature performances by the best original song nominees, including U2.  

The list of presenters includes Lawrence, McConaughey, Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and many, many more.

After the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel will host his annual post-Oscars edition of his ABC late-night show. Kevin Spacey will be his guest; there will also be appearances from DeGeneres, Streep, Scorsese, Tom Hanks and more.

For a complete list of nominees, visit  Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Wolf of Wall Street
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Earnest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Best Original Song
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams
"Let It Go" from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"The Moon Song" from Her, Karen O. and Spike Jonze

Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
Missing Picture

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