| GEO World|
| Preparations for 81st Academy awards ceremony in full swing|
| Updated at: 1746 PST, Friday, February 20, 2009|
LOS ANGELES: Preparations for the 81st Academy awards ceremony are in full swing in Los Angeles, capital of American state California.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre and Australian actor Hugh Jackman is set to host the ceremony for the first time.
Academy award nominated producer Laurence Mark has been tapped to produce and Academy Award-winning writer/director Bill Congdon to executive-produce. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the nominations with a total of 13. Slumdog Millionaire received ten, The Dark Knight and Milk received eight, and Doubt, The Reader, and Frost/Nixon each received five. The animated film Walle received six, tying it with beauty and The Beast for the most nominated animated film in Oscar history.