The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place on 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and the star studded evening will honour the best of Hollywood and foreign movies.

Ahead of the big night, IBTimes UK has compiled a list of interesting facts and coincidences for this year's Oscars.

1. Best Actor nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne have both played Stephen Hawking.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are nominated in the Best Actor category, for their roles in The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, respectively, but both the actors have played Stephen Hawking.

Cumberbatch played the brilliant physicist and cosmologist in British TV series Hawking in 2004, while Redmayne has been nominated for the award for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

2. At the age of 84, Robert Duvall is the oldest nominee ever in the Best Supporting Actor category. He is also one of the most nominated actors in Academy history. Duvall is a seven-time nominee in the supporting actor category.

He has won Best Actor Oscars for his performance as Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies in 1984.

3. If Michael Keaton's Birdman wins at the best picture category, then it will break the Oscars record for winning the title without earning a best editing nomination.

4. Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross were nominated for the Academy Awards for their performance as mother and daughter in The Graduate (1967).

This is 15th time two actresses playing mother and daughter have been nominated for best actor and best supporting actors awards.

Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin (The Piano-1993), Olympia Dukakis and Cher (Moonstruck-1987), Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearmen-1983) are few other pairs who have played the role and have been nominated for the awards.

5. Ed Norton and Tom Wilkinson have nine reasons to celebrate Hollywood's most coveted award as they have two nominations in the Best Picture category.

This year Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, each have earned nine nominations, and Norton has worked in both of them. He also stands a chance to win the best supporting actor award for his role in Birdman.

Wilkinson has acted in Selma and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

6. Music composer Alexandre Desplat will be competing against himself at the award night as he's been nominated for Best Original Score, for The Grand Budapest Hotel and for The Imitation Game.

He has been nominated for eight awards earlier, but has won none so far.

7. Meryl Streep has been nominated for the best supporting actress for her role in, In to The Woods, and this is her 19th Oscar nomination.

She also holds the record for being the most nominated actor/actress in Oscar history and won has won the Golden statuette thrice.