updated 03/05/2010 AT 4:50 PM ET
•originally published 03/07/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
There will be a whole lot of green on the red carpet Sunday night. No, the procession into the 2010 Academy Awards isn’t getting a makeover. This year’s pool of nominees are just a fresh-faced bunch of newcomers!
The first-time Oscar nominees are as varied as their roles. From Christoph Waltz, who is the favorite among best supporting actor contenders for his role as an evil Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, to Mo’Nique, who is the front runner in the best supporting actress category for playing an abusive mother in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
Her competition includes film alum Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart and big-screen newbie Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. The best actress race also has some young blood: An Education’s Carey Mulligan and Precious’s Gabourey Sidibe, who was an unknown receptionist before landing this, her first, role.
The Academy’s votes will be revealed Sunday night. But now it’s your turn: