As January comes to an end, we turn our attention to our favorite night of the year. First, there's the pageantry: beautiful stars dressed to the nines, rubbing shoulders with other A-listers on the red carpet. Then, the opening monologue: all eyes on the host to see if they can step it up on the biggest stage of the year. Finally, the winners are (slowly) announced, and the heartbroken runners-up are caught do their best to appear gracious on camera. The new golden statuettes may bronze the stars into Oscar history... or an awkward speech could just thrust them on the news for the wrong reasons. Whatever it is, it's Oscar night.
This year, there are nine movies up for Best Picture: "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Nebraska," "Captain Phillips," "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "12 Years a Slave," and "Philomena." All of the films are, we're sure, just honored to be nominated, but only one movie will walk away with the coveted Oscar. So far, in January, "12 Years a Slave" has taken home the Best Picture award at the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards, making it the favorite heading into Oscar night. As we all know, though, anything can happen come Oscar night, and we couldn't be more excited to see what March 2 has in store!
With more than a month until the big night, there's plenty of time to get to know the Oscar-nominated films a bit better. Click through the slideshow below for some quick info about the year's nominees.