The countdown to the Oscars begins on Sunday and CBC has a full slate of coverage on radio, TV and online as the 86th Annual Academy Awards celebrates the best movies and performances of 2013.

CBC’s coverage has been ongoing with our interactive Oscar ballot, fashion hits and misses and a peek at the Oscar swag bag.

On Sunday, CBC News Network will be covering the day’s events starting at 8 a.m. ET with hourly hits from the desk and then later on live from the red carpet with Tanya Lapointe starting at about 3 p.m. ET.

Oscar Picks

The CBC's Eli Glasner shares his winners picks using our interactive Oscar ballot.

The CBC’s Eli Glasner will also be chatting about the contenders on radio and CBC News Network in the run up to the 8:30 p.m. ET launch of the official show.  

Online, the CBC will be following the show as it unfolds with stories, photo galleries, online video montages of the red carpet and show highlights as well as a continuous CoveritLive Oscars blog featuring comedian Elvira Kurt and Glasner starting at 7:30 pm ET.

The Oscars, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on various networks.

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Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee's Dallas Buyers Club nabbed a slew of Oscar nominations including best film, best editing, best actor and best supporting actor. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Once the show ends, CBC will provide post-Oscar coverage with reports on CBC-Radio right after the show and on Monday, wrapup reports on TV with Zulekha Nathoo and Eli Glasner as well as on CBC Radio’s World Report and hourly newscasts.

In the race for the golden statue, the Abscam scandal crime caper American Hustle and 3D space saga Gravity lead the race with 10 nods each including best picture.

Dallas Buyers Club, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée's indie drama about scrappy, HIV-positive, alternative medicine champion Ron Woodroof, is up for best picture. The film is also up for best makeup and hairstyling, original screenplay and film editing.

Other Canadian nominees include Toronto composer, musician and singer Owen Pallett (who performs as Final Fantasy). He shares a nomination with Montreal-based Arcade Fire member William Butler for their work on the original score of Spike Jonze's film Her.

Toronto's Andy Koyama is nominated for achievement in sound mixing for Lone Survivor while David Gerson, a Canadian producer living in Berlin, is in the running for best foreign language film for Omar.