Arquette is hotly tipped to win best supporting actress
Stars including Patricia Arquette, Felicity Jones and Ethan Hawke have arrived on the red carpet ahead of this year’s Oscars.
Arquette is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
Jones is up for best actress for her portrayal of Jane Wilde, Stephen Hawking’s wife, in The Theory of Everything.
The 87th Academy Awards take place at Hollywood’s 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre.
Host Neil Patrick Harris has promised “a hint of magic” while performers at this year’s ceremony include Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick.
There are eight contenders for best picture:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Birdman and Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel have nine nominations each. The Imitation Game, with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as WW2 codebreaking genius Alan Turing, has eight.
Clint Eastwood’s true-life Iraq war tale American Sniper and Boyhood have six apiece.
Boyhood director Richard Linklater turned up with best actor nominee Ethan Hawke
The best picture prize is widely predicted to either go to Birdman or Boyhood.
British actor Eddie Redmayne is strongly tipped to win an Oscar for his lead role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Meet the Oscars nominees
Source:: BBC Entertainment