Emma-StoneThis Thursday, the Academy will be announcing the final list of nominations for this year’s Oscars, and the anticipation couldn’t be much higher. 2012 was another phenomenal year with so many exceptional films, from all aspects of production, and the race has been an impressive one in recent months in the midst of the awards season.

With the nominations just days away, the Academy has announced that Emma Stone and our Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane, will be announcing the final list later this week.

MacFarlane was confirmed as our host for next month’s ceremony back in October, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us on the night. This will be the first time in just over forty years that the ceremony’s host has taken part in the nominations announcement, and I can’t think of anyone better than MacFarlane to be the one to do it.

Stone, of course, exudes nothing but immensity and awesomeness, and with her latest film, Gangster Squad, arriving in UK theatres on the same day and US theatres a day later, the timing is pretty excellent.

So many films have been buzzing in the midst of the awards ceremonies over the past few months, with Les Misérables, Argo, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, The Master, Amour, Moonrise Kingdom, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty topping the frontrunners for the likes of Best Picture.

MacFarlane and Stone should make for the perfect duo to officially narrow down our list of contenders for next month’s ceremony, so be sure to tune in when they announce the Oscar nominations this Thursday, 10th January, at 5:30 am PT. The Oscars themselves will then be held on Sunday, 24th February. We’ll be following the night’s events as they happen, and we hope that you’ll join us.


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® will be announced by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone on Thursday, January 10. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscar show host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil the nominations at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

Since the first nominations announcement in 1964, the Academy president has been joined by one or more co-announcers at the event. This year the Academy will break with tradition when MacFarlane, who was named Oscar show host in October, joins Stone on Oscar nominations morning. Charlton Heston (1972) was the only other show host to participate in the nominations announcement.

Stone starred in the 2011 Best Picture nominee “The Help” and the summer release “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Her other film credits include “Superbad,” “Zombieland,” “Easy A” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” Stone will be seen in “Gangster Squad” later this month and in “The Croods,” due out in March.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.