Chris Pine, JJ Abrams Reveal Oscar Nominations

Actor Chris Pine and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón will announce the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time and 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

In a first for the annual reveal, nominations in all 24 Oscar categories will be named.

Cuarón ("Gravity") and Abrams ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens") will announce the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Pine ("Into the Woods") and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will read the list of nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

The Oscars will be presented Sunday, February 22.

From a heavily campaigned field of smaller scale films the lead actor race should see Michael Keaton ("Birdman") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") named following wins for best actor musical comedy and best actor drama respectively at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Others likely to be in the mix include Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), David Oyelowo ("Selma") and Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher").

Vying for best actress will be Globe lead actress drama winner Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") alongside Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), fellow Globe-winner Amy Adams ("Big Eyes") or Jennifer Aniston ("Cake").

The Academy can, at its discretion, name up to 10 films in the best picture category. Contenders this year include Globe winners "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," as well as "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Gone Girl," "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Selma," "Whiplash," "Foxcatcher," "Nightcrawler" and "Unbroken."

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