Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar Opening Review

The 86th annual Academy Awards are almost here. Here’s a complete guide to the biggest show in Hollywood!

Host: Ellen DeGeneres
When: Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT
TV: ABC
Where: Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA

This Year’s Nominees: “American Hustle” and “Gravity” lead nominations for the 86th Academy Awards with 10 each, followed by nine for “12 Years a Slave.” The trio will compete for best picture in a category that this year has nine entrants, also including “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Full List

Oscar Ballots: Vote for this year’s Academy Award winners! Click Here

Variety’s Predictions: Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley debate the major races and offer their predictions, based on precursor awards, industry buzz and gut instinct. More

The Parties: In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all.

Snubs and Surprises: The bad news from having such a great year at the movies is the inevitable disappointments on Oscar nominations morning–there wasn’t enough room for everybody.

Red Carpet History: Designers and their iconic gowns have made history on Oscar’s red carpet. Click here for some of the most memorable dresses.

THE NOMINEES:

Best Picture Race: This year, it’s Oscar gone wild, with the nine best-film contenders bold in subject matter, execution and/or marketing. More

Best Actor/Actress: The Oscar actor races are shaping up into a battle that pits newcomers versus veterans in terms of grabbing voters’ attention. More

Supporting Actor/Actress: The supporting actor races are remarkably crowded this year with Oscar-worthy performances. Will Jennifer Lawrence win back-to-back Oscars? More

Stay tuned for Variety’s complete coverage of the 86th annual Academy Awards, including the winners list, red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes action from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood!

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