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Oscars to overhaul prize-giving
A total of 115 nominees posed for a group photo

Oscar organisers are to shake up the way nominees find out who has won and collect awards at this year's ceremony.

Some winners will not go on stage to pick up their awards - while in other categories, all five nominees will get on stage before being told who has won.

The traditional system where the winner walks up to the podium after their name is read out will also still be used.

The changes were announced at Monday's Nominees Luncheon, where 115 nominees met three weeks before the ceremony.

Oscars ceremony producer Gil Cates said the changes would "get more of the nominees seen on television".

Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio
Best actor nominees: Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio

For some awards, nominees will sit together in the auditorium while a presenter goes among them to announce the winner and hand over the statuette.

For others, the nominees will be in the spotlight together on stage as one of them is named winner.

At the Nominees Luncheon, an annual event gathering some of the world's best film-making talent, Mr Cates also made a plea for winners to keep their acceptance speeches short.

The 115 nominees - including stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman - posed for a group photo at the event in Beverly Hills.

Kate Winslet, who has got the fourth nomination of her career for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, said it did not feel competitive.

"It's like you're all going through this thing together," she said. "It's just so kind of exciting and mysterious and strange and glorious. And you're all sort of in the bubble together."

'I'm in awe'

She is up against Million Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank - who won best actress in 2000 for Boys Don't Cry.

"I'm just as in awe and humbled and speechless that I am in this position again," Swank said. "And it's certainly not any easier. You're still just as nervous, you still can't believe it."

Martin Scorsese, who has never won best director despite being nominated four times before, said it would be "wonderful" to win for The Aviator.

"It probably is better I didn't win in the 70s or mid-80s or something," he said, because winning then was something "maybe I was not able to handle at the time".

Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton hopes her nomination will get her more roles

Another nominated actress, Cate Blanchett, said of the luncheon: "There's a room full of my heroes out there. You know, sitting next to Alan Alda was an epiphany for me."

When asked whether she hoped her nomination would help get her better parts, Imelda Staunton relied: "I bloody well hope it does. I'd like to think I am an actress in mid-career, not at the end of one."

Meanwhile, US TV network ABC has signed a deal with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to continue broadcasting the ceremony until at least 2014.


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