Stars gather in bid for Oscar glory
Hollywood's biggest stars and Britain's hopefuls shone on the red carpet ahead of the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Avatar director James Cameron, whose record-breaking movie is up for nine Oscars, was one of the first to brave the cameras at the Kodak Theatre.
Cameron said of waiting for the winner's announcement: "I think you're apprehensive right before they're opening the envelope - there is a chance you might have to go up and make a fool of (yourself) in front of a million people."
Young British star and Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan dazzled in front of the cheering crowds and cameras, donning a strapless black Prada gown adorned with unusual "scissors" trinkets.
The 24-year-old looked relaxed as she told how she had made the event a family occasion, bringing along her mother and other relatives. She described being at the awards as "surreal" but added: "I feel great. I feel relaxed."
Carey is carrying British hopes for Oscar glory along with Colin Firth and Dame Helen Mirren, who are both up for best acting gongs.
A Single Man star Colin clasped wife Livia Giuggioli by side as he made his way up the red carpet.
He said his Oscar nomination was "as if somebody fired me out of a cannon... I am just circling Pluto on my way back, probably with a big thump tomorrow".
Sandra Bullock, who has been tipped for the best actress gong, was in relaxed mode on the red carpet.
Wearing a sheer silvery Marchesa dress decorated in a leaf design, Bullock said she was "ready to relax and have a good time... Whoever's winning the statue tonight, just be there for them and have a great time."