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Comment 21 FEBRUARY 2013

The red carpet unravels as Oscar preparations are underway

Glistening statuettes and rolls of red carpet have been uncovered at the Dolby Theatre as preparations for the 85th Academy Awards have begun.

The best actors across the globe will soon unite to celebrate the best in their industry on Sunday.



Although the aesthetics of the ceremony are still a working progress, the nominees' fates were sealed two days ago.

Thousands of ballot slips were counted as esteemed members of the acting community submitted their votes, as more than 5,000 panel members are responsible for deciding who will be going home with the prestigious accolades.

While the site is transformed into the decadent ceremony we have grown to know and love, Family Guy creator and Oscars host Seth MacFarlane will be polishing his best lines.

Chatting to Access Hollywood, the Ted director admitted that he thinks he won't be invited back to present the ceremony next year.

"This will probably be the only time I'm asked to do this," said the star.

"It feels like a one-off, but I'm still thrilled to be doing it. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Ready to share the burden, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Jamie Foxx will be on hand to present an award.



Previously starring together in Wanderlust and The Object Of My Affection, Jennifer and Paul will make the perfect match as they take centre stage.

Lincoln is the leading contender at the awards. The Steven Spielberg creation is up for twelve nominations, including the Best Actor trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the biopic.

Scooping two best actor prizes in previous ceremonies, the Irish actor is the favourite for the accolade, which would make him a record-breaking three-time Oscar winner.

Argo, Life Of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables are also leading contenders in the ceremony.

In a more unusual turn of events, French language film Amour is also up for the Best Picture prize.

Emmanuelle Riva, 85, is nominated for the Best Actress award, making her the oldest nominee for the prize to date.

She is also joined by Beasts Of The Southern Wild actress Quvenzanhe Wallis, 9, who is the youngest contender ever for the award.

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