Oscar Nominations Due to be UnveiledWorld | January 24, 2012, Tuesday // 08:52| views
th George Clooney and Meryl Streep likely to lead the charge in the best actor and best actress categories. Photo by BBC
The nominations for this year's Oscars are due to be announced later, with George Clooney and Meryl Streep expected to lead the best actor and best actress categories.
Silent film The Artist and family drama The Descendants are expected among the frontrunners for best picture.
The 84th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 26 February at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, hosted by comic actor Billy Crystal.
Clooney and Streep are among the acting favourites for their respective roles in The Descendants and Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady.
French film The Artist - about Hollywood's transition from silent movies to "talkies" - has taken the lion's share of top prizes throughout awards season, most recently at Saturday's Producers Guild of America ceremony.
It took home a trio of honours from the Golden Globes last week, and leads this year's Baftas with 12 nominations, including best film and best director.
Other films predicted to appear in the best film category are Hugo, Martin Scorsese's love letter to the early days of cinema, civil rights drama The Help and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
Owing to a change in Oscar voting system, the best picture category could consist of between five and 10 nominees.
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