Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards will be announced at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday.

The nominations will be made at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The recent Golden Globes spotlighted this year's heavy-hitters, Hollywood knows to expect some surprises.

The Academy Awards will air Feb. 22 on ABC from Los Angeles' Kodak Theater.

Australia star Hugh Jackman will host.