In seven days from now, many in Hollywood will have a proud, new addition to their mantelpiece. The 84th annual awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), popularly known as 'the Oscars', that will be given away on February 26 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, does not seem to have many surprises in store this year. The nominee list has been fairly predictable and the front-runners already have the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actor Guild Trophies safely tucked in their kitty as a precursor to what's coming. Even the 'resident' host of the ceremony, Billy Crystal, is back in his ninth season, after a lacklustre act by James Franco and Anne Hathaway last year.
Martin Scorsese's 3D thriller Hugo leads the pack with the maximum nominations (11), followed by 10 for the silent French drama, The Artist. Moviebuffs in India who'll dutifully wake up at 6am next Monday morning to catch the live action, sadly have no Indian entry to cheer for. Take heart from the fact that 11 contenders across categories this year are from Anil Ambani and Steven Spielberg's joint venture Reliance Dream-Works. At least the moolah is coming home, if not the trophies!
Indian presence? Well...
India's official entry to the Oscars this year, Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, could not make it to the nominations in the Best Foreign Film category. The last time that an Indian entry made it to the list was Aamir Khan's Lagaan, ten years ago.
However, a small-budget Indo German film, Raju, shot in Kolkata, has been nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category. It's technically not an Indian film, but going by the way India went into a frenzy celebrating Slumdog Millionaire's victory last year, it won't hurt to cheer for this one, too!
Watch it live
The ceremony is one of the most watched televised events worldwide. Catch it LIVE in India on Monday (Feb 27), 6am onwards, on Star Movies. Repeat: 8pm