Barkhad Abdi Hopes for First Oscar Win at 2014 Academy Awards

Posted Sunday March 2, 2014 9:38 PM GMT

When it comes to awards shindigs it doesn’t get any bigger than this, and the 86th Academy Awards welcomed Barkhad Abdi to the red carpet outside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre earlier tonight (March 2).

The “Captain Phillips” star shyly smiled for the shutterbugs as he navigated through the arrivals area, excited about the evening ahead.

With Ellen DeGeneres handling the hosting duties, this year’s Oscars promises to be both entertaining and inspiring.

Meanwhile, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey are all hoping they’ll take home the Best Actor trophy by the time the night is over.

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