Oscars 2012: Academy Awards Attract Big Stars (LIVE UPDATES)

It's Oscars time again in Hollywood, and HuffPost Entertainment and our friends at Moviefone are here with live updates all throughout the show.

The 84th Academy Awards show was broadcasted live from the Hollywood & Highland Center in the heart of Los Angeles' Hollywood. Billy Crystal is hosting the program.

Here's a brief summary as reported earlier by the AP, followed by our exclusive HuffPost live blog.

Meryl Streep might join the acting three-peat club with a third Academy Award. Jean Dujardin could become the first Frenchman to win best actor. Christopher Plummer is in line to become the oldest acting winner ever at 82.

And "The Artist" is favored to become the only silent movie to take the best-picture prize since the first Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

Along with Streep, Hollywood's big night on Sunday has plenty of returning stars, too, with past Oscar winners and nominees such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams and Nick Nolte in the running again.

The show also has a returning favorite as ringmaster: After an eight-year absence, Billy Crystal is back for his ninth time as host.



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