Julia Roberts arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press
The stars align in Los Angeles tonight for the 86th annual Academy Awards, shining a spotlight on the year's top Hollywood films.
Acclaimed actors, movie legends and famous faces packed onto the red carpet, from nominees Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey and Chiwetel Ejiofor to buzzworthy presenters such as Emma Watson, Charlize Theron and Anna Kendrick.
The nine films vying for the coveted best-picture trophy are:
- 12 Years a Slave.
- American Hustle.
- Captain Phillips.
- Dallas Buyers Club.
- The Wolf of Wall Street.
Heading into the ceremony, the 70s-era crime caper American Hustle and the eye-popping space tale Gravity lead the race with 10 nominations each. The searing 12 Years a Slave and scrappy Dallas Buyers Club are also front-runners.
Canadians vying for Oscar gold tonight include:
- Dallas Buyers Club editors Martin Pensa of Montreal and Vallée (under the pseudonym John Mac McMurphy).
- Musicians Owen Pallett and Arcade Fire for the original score of the film Her.
- Montreal-based visual effects artist Chris Lawrence (Framestore) for Gravity.
- Toronto-born sound mixer Andy Koyama for Lone Survivor.
- Canadian-born producer David Gerson for the foreign-language contender Omar (Palestine)
- Montreal-based filmmaker Malcolm Clarke for the The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, nominated for documentary short subject.
The Oscars are the culmination of the annual movie awards season. The star-studded, lengthy televised gala will be broadcast live to more than 200 countries and is typically watched by more than 30 million people.
Hosted by talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres, the 86th Academy Awards show is Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and will air live on ABC and CTV.