Gravity and Hustle vie for Oscars
16 January 2014 Last updated at 23:04 GMT
Con drama American Hustle and space movie Gravity lead this year's Oscar nominations with 10 nods each.
American Hustle was shortlisted in all four acting categories for its stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
British hopes include a best director nomination for Steve McQueen and 12 Years a Slave, and a best actress nomination for Judi Dench for her role in Philiomena.
Will Gompertz reports.