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86th Academy Awards to recognize the past year in film Sunday

Come March 2, some of the biggest names in film will walk down the prestigious red-carpet towards Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for the 86th Academy Awards, most commonly known as the Oscars. The star-studded event honors high achievement in the film industry from actors to hairstylists.
Ellen DeGeneres, the returning host, made her Oscars debut back in 2007 when she hosted the 79th Academy Awards. She is set to bring her quirky, spontaneous nature to the awards show, making for an entertaining event.
Now let’s talk about some of the nominees. For Best Actress in a leading role, the nominees are Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep. Adams is the only actress in this category who has yet to win an Oscar but has a shot at doing so with her leading role in “American Hustle,” although Cate Blanchett is favored to win the title for her performance in “Blue Jasmine.”
In the mirroring category, Best Actor in a leading role, the nominees are Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. DiCaprio has been nominated four times but has never received the renowned Oscar trophy. As of right now, McConaughey is predicted to win the title with his work as an electrician and hustler diagnosed with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club,” but DiCaprio is pinned as the upset with his role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Maybe this year he’ll be able to take home more than a nomination.
And up for the final, conclusive award of the night is Best Picture. Nominated in this category are “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Her” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with “12 Years a Slave” predicted to win the Oscar.
It’s a longshot, but maybe “Gravity” will take the title. It sure was a much more popular film according to the domestic box office numbers and the number of people who could actually name the leading actors.
Those interested in tuning into the broadcast on ABC should make sure to have their seat reserved on the couch and popcorn popped by 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Or if you’re busy, set the television to record so you can catch it later and fast forward through commercial breaks to get to the highlights; that’s what I like to do.

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86th Academy Awards to recognize the past year in film Sunday