The 2011 Academy Awards will take place today, with television coverage beginning at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. All of Hollywood will be watching, and the broadcast will be sent all around the world.
Heading into the night of the event, there are definitely some key facts of importance:
* Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as hosts for the first time.
* Hathaway is the youngest host in the history of the Oscars.
* Annette Bening is nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time in “The Kids Are All Right,” but has yet to win. Her other nominations were for Best Supporting Actress in “Grifters” (1990), and Best Actress for “American Beauty” (1999) and Being Julia” (2004).
* Christian Bale received is first Academy Awards nomination for his role in “The Fighter.”
* “The King’s Speech” received the most nominations this year with 12; “True Grit” had the second most with 10 nominations, and films “The Social Network” and “Inception” both had eight nominations.
* “Toy Story 3” is the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.
* Randy Newman has been nominated for the 17th time at the Oscars, this time for his work on “Toy Story 3,” where he is nominated for Best Original Song (“We Belong Together”).
* Newman has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on each of the three “Toy Story” films.
* Jeff Bridges could win Best Actor for the second consecutive year for “True Grit.” Bridges won for Best Actor in “Crazy Heart” during the 2010 show. He could be the first actor to accomplish that since Tom Hanks won in 1993 (“Philadelphia”) and 1994 (“Forrest Gump”).
* Amy Adams is up for Best Supporting Actress for the third time in “The Fighter,” but has yet to win the award. Adams was also nominated for “Junebug” (2005) and “Doubt” (2003).
* Oscars main website will provide live backstage cameras and coverage of the Governors’ Ball after the show.
* Performers at the 2011 Oscars include A.R. Rahman, Florence + The Machine, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Alan Menken, and Randy Newman. They will be performing music from films nominated in the musical categories.
* 2011 presenters include Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman and even Oprah Winfrey.
* Anne Hathaway could become the first host to also win Best Actress in the same night; she is nominated for her role in “Love and Other Drugs.”
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