The 86th Academy Awards show kicked off Sunday, as Hollywood's finest gathered after one of the fiercest Oscars races in years, with no clear frontrunner for the coveted best picture prize.
Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season, reports AsiaOne.
Host Ellen DeGeneres opened with a monologue making fun of the storms which hit California on the eve of the Oscars, threatening to rain on the pre-show red carpet parade.
"It's been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining," she said, addressing the global audience. "We're fine. Thank you for your prayers," she dead-panned.
She then made fun of Jennifer Lawrence, who famously fell while walking up to the stage last year to collect her best actress Oscar - and stumbled again as she arrived for Sunday's show.
"If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar," DeGeneres said.
This is the second time in two years that Lawrence has tripped at the Oscars.
This time, however, she told interviewers that it was an errant traffic cone that caused the unfortunate stumble.