Colin Firth's Night at the 2012 Academy Awards

Posted Sunday February 26, 2012 9:27 PM GMT

He was named Best Actor at last year's show, and Colin Firth was back for another year at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening (February 26).

The “King's Speech” star eased along the Kodak Theatre red carpet while mingling with his fellow thespians prior to the Oscar ceremony's onset.

During the course of the night, Mr Firth is set to take the stage to hand out one of the coveted trophies while other presenters include Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz.

As for the top contenders, "Hugo" leads the pack at 11 nominations while "The Artist" sits close behind at 10 chances for Oscar glory.

Meanwhile, the 2012 Academy Awards will be hosted by Billy Crystal and will broadcast live on ABC beginning at 7e/4p.

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