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Academy Awards 2012: Follow the Oscars live on Twitter

February 26, 2012 |  3:00 pm

Billy Crystal will host the Oscars

At the 2012 Academy Awards, it might seem that everything old is new again.

Best picture contenders "The Artist," "Hugo" and "Midnight in Paris" hark back to the early days of cinema. Billy Crystal will be back for his ninth time as host. And the ceremony hall is expected to be decorated like a classic movie palace on Sunday night.

Yet the Oscar proceedings may break out of the mold as well.

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It's possible that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may award statuettes to two African American actresses -- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer -- on the same night. Neither nominee for best song will be performed during the show -- a break with tradition. And on the red carpet, Sacha Baron Cohen may  disrupt decorum by showing up as his character from the upcoming film "The Dictator."

The red carpet is expected to get underway about 3 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, with the ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. and being televised live on ABC.

You can follow the action Sunday night as Times reporters tweet from the scene and about the Academy Awards show below.

In the meantime, brush up on Oscar history with an interactive timeline, or learn about the membership of the academy, which was recently examined in depth by The Times.

For more Oscars breaking news and analysis, check back here on 24 Frames.

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