'American Hustle' stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper.
James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel set during the Civil War, while George Packer picked up the non-fiction award for his examination of contemporary America.
As tonight's announcement approaches, buzz is building over such nominees as Lawrence Wright's 'Going Clear' and Thomas Pynchon's 'Bleeding Edge.'
'Maleficent' shows another side of the 'Sleeping Beauty' fairy tale, focusing on the fairy often thought of as evil. 'Maleficent' also stars Elle Fanning and Ella Purnell.