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The 84th edition of the annual Academy Award will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood Sunday.
In the popular category, five actors and five actresses are vying for the prestigious best actor and actress awards.
Some of the strong contenders of the 84th Academy Award nomination include Demian Bichir for "A Better Life", George Clooney for "The Descendants" and others are at the "actor in a leading role" category.
The nominees were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Jan 24.
Check out below the actors and actresses in leading role nominations: