Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have paraded down the red carpet ahead of the 84th Academy Awards.
Stars including George Clooney, Jessica Chastain and the star of The Artist, Berenice Bejo, greeted fans, signed autographs and posed for photographers outside the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles ahead of the event.
Bejo, nominated for supporting actress for her role in the film, was accompanied on the red carpet by her husband - the film's director Michel Hazanavicius.
The silent black and white film has 10 nominations, including best film, director, and actor for French star Jean Dujardin. It is the first silent film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars since the 1928 movie The Patriot.
Double Oscar winner Meryl Streep's turn as Margaret Thatcher has secured the actress her 17th Oscar nomination, while Gary Oldman has clinched his first for his performance as a spymaster.
Streep, 62, is favourite to win best actress for her role as the former British prime minister in The Iron Lady - and has already carried off a Bafta award and a Golden Globe for her role. British actor Oldman, 53, who has never been nominated before despite some acclaimed performances, is in the running for best actor for his role as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Only one film - Hugo, Martin Scorsese's 3D ode to early cinema - has more nominations than The Artist, but many of its nods are in technical categories.
Streep, who last won an Oscar for 1982 movie Sophie's Choice, said she was "honoured" to be nominated. She is up against Michelle Williams for her role as screen siren Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, Glenn Close for her turn as a woman disguised as a man in Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis (The Help), and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).
Oldman - whose best actor rivals are Dujardin, George Clooney (The Descendants), Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and Mexican Demian Bichir (A Better Life) - described his nomination as "extremely humbling, gratifying and delightful".
Britons Kenneth Branagh, 51, and Albert Nobbs star Janet McTeer, 50, are also in the running for the supporting actor categories.