Oscars: the Academy offers peek at preparation ahead of nominations announcement

Excitement is building in Hollywood ahead of the Oscars nominations announcement on Thursday. As the stars of the year's most acclaimed films wait to see if they have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards, the Academy shared a sneak peek at preparations for the 87th Oscars ceremony on Instagram.

Along with a photo of their calendar appointment for the "Super Big Important Event That Is Going To Change The Lives Of A Lot Of Talented People", the Academy also shared a photograph of the exclusive invitations for the Nominees Luncheon, the Governors Ball, and the 87th Annual Oscars.

"Tomorrow the invites will be addressed and mailed out," they revealed.



The Academy shared photos of the Oscars invites on Wednesday

The Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarόn, and actor Chris Pine.

Following his win at the Golden Globes, Eddie Redmayne is expected to get a best actor nomination for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He is likely to face competition from fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Keaton, whose touching Golden Globes speech on Sunday went viral.

Another Golden Globe winner who will be hoping for success is Julianne Moore, who is the bookmakers' favourite to win the best actress Oscar for her performance as a professor with early-onset Alzheimer's in Still Alice.


The Academy revealed "there will be no shortage of #OscarNomsphotos tomorrow morning"

There is also speculation that Jennifer Aniston could receive her first Oscar nomination for her role in Cake

All will be revealed when this year's nominees are unveiled at 13:30 GMT/ 5:30 PT/ 8:30 ET.

Watch the live streaming of the announcement on HELLO! Online.