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The Oscars: what you need to know

With nominations for this year's Academy Awards announced on 10 January, BBC Entertainment Reporter Natalie Jamieson looks at why the little gold statues mean so much to so many.

The Academy Awards - or the Oscars as they are more commonly known - are the film world's most prestigious awards.

They have taken place in Hollywood since 1929 and the winners are voted for by 6,000 academy members.

A win can transform the career of an actor or film maker almost overnight.

BBC Entertainment Reporter Natalie Jamieson explains how the awards work.