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8.30 pm, their timeWhat:
Some of the closest fought races in the recent cinematic history.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to what is the biggest awards
hoopla in the world. The Academy Awards 2014
are only a few days away - just the time you need to ramp up on your Oscar knowledge. In case you have not watched the Big Ones
, the films, we also tell you which films to cram them into your weekend.
Here are the 10 things that you MUST know before the March 2 extravaganza happens and related discussions take over the social networking sites, locker rooms, water cooler - basically your life.
American Hustle and Gravity are the two biggies this year, having garnered 10 nominations each. The harrowing 12 Years a Slave has got nine nominations - all three are also in the fray for best film Oscar. In term of acting Oscars, American Hustle is the clear favourite as its stars have been nominated in all major categories.
Gravity may have the upper hand in terms of Oscars but a closer look reveals most of its Oscars are in the technical category. Other than Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock), Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) and Best Picture, rest of its nominations are in technical categories. But then, it is a sci-fi movie which literally went out of the box! George Clooney was the other star in this two-actor film. Any nominations for him? Nope.
The big question then is: what you need to watch if you want to show off the day after? Here are our picks - 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Frozen (nominee in best film animation category). If a movie marathon is your idea of fun, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street are highly recommended.
This is Matthew McConaughey's first Oscar nomination. He is also a clear favourite after losing an insane amount of weight to portray a man diagnosed with AIDS.
Thrice nominated Leonardo DiCaprio is yet to take an Oscar statuette home. Unbelievable, right? He has been nominated again for the best actor in a leading role for The Wolf of Wall Street. Will he get it this time? Dunno but fingers crossed, just in case.