Oscars: Hollywood waits with bated breath
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Oscars: Hollywood waits with bated breath

The lucky few who make the coveted list will get the news this evening.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 12:58 IST

Hollywood held its breath ahead of Tuesday's unveiling of the 2006 Oscar nominations, with gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain hoping to rope in the lion's share of the nods.

Indian filmmaker Mahesh Dattani's Morning Raga starring Perizaad Zorabian and Shabana Azmi is also in the run for the Best picture, best director, actress and music. India's official entry for the foreign language film category is Amol Palekar's Paheli starring Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee.

Officials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were poised to lock down their Beverly Hills headquarters to ensure absolute secrecy ahead of the dawn announcement.

The lucky few who make the coveted list will get the news at 1908 IST at a brief ceremony that will be televised live in many countries across the globe.

"The building will be locked down ahead of the arrival at 1030 IST of the two auditors from PriceWaterHouseCoopers who will have with them the list of nominees," said Academy communications chief John Pavlik.

"We will turn off the phones and shut down the Internet access and also ask people to leave their cellphones in their cars, so no word can get out ahead of the ceremony.

"It's an attempt to maintain the fun of the morning announcement -- it's all about the fun of keeping the secret," he said.

Hollywood was abuzz ahead of the brief event, to be hosted this year by actress Mira Sorvino and Academy president Sid Ganis that marks the true start of the frenzied race for gold at the 78th annual Academy Awards.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 11:19 IST