Gary Oldman would be 'thrilled' by Oscar nomination
Nominated for eleven BAFTAs, British espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy could also be on course for Oscar glory.
Screen stalwart Gary Oldman's quietly compelling performance as spy master is supported by a top drawer cast including Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.
And the Dracula actor admitted he would welcome some attention during awards season.
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"I've never actually been nominated. I've been doing this now for 33 years, and it is nice when people like the work and acknowledge it. If it would happen, even just a nomination, I would be thrilled. It would be very nice," Gary recently told The Huffington Post.
Gary will no doubt have to take on Hollywood's golden boys George Clooney and Brad Pitt, both likely to be recognised for The Descendents and Moneyball respectively.
Tilda Swinton is one of the actresses in the running thanks to her role in We Need to Talk about Kevin.
Her strong performance as the mother of a killer trying to come to terms with her son's atrocities will likely pit her against other leading ladies such as Viola Davis and Meryl Streep.
Meanwhile, best picture could go to Steve McQueen's dark and edgy drama, Shame, starring Michael Fassbender.
But it remains to be seen if it will convince the Academy's notoriously conservative voters ahead of firm favourites such as The Artist, Hugo and Steven Spielberg's War Horse.
2011 nominee Jennifer Lawrence will reveal the full line up on Tuesday.