Oscar Fever On-Stage set for Megashow on Sunday

OSCARS, the name itself brings awe to many and honor  to the celebrities across the world who own it and pride to the some who made it to the final five. 84th academy awards will be awarded soon and preparations have been underway since long for the mega event.

Coming Sunday is world is going to witness celebration of excellence in Film Industry across the world as Oscar Awards will be presented to the best of the best in the Cinema. The ceremony will take place on February 26, 2012 (4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST), at the Kodak Theater  in Hollywood, California; which will be telecast live by entire media. Nominations for the Academy Awards were announced by AMPAS on January 24, 2012.

Billy Crystal will host the ceremony, while Brian Grazer will produce it. This will be Crystal’s ninth time serving as host for the Academy Awards. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be hosted by Eddie Murphy.However, after Brett Ratner resigned as producer after using a gay slur when talking about rehearsals, Murphy also stepped down.

While receiving one nomination itself is termed as great achievement for film makers, the following 18 films were nominated in more than one category for the top honors.

11 nominations: Hugo
10 nominations: The Artist
6 nominations: Moneyball and War Horse
5 nominations: The Descendants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4 nominations: The Help and Midnight in Paris
3 nominations: Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Tree of Life
2 nominations: Bridesmaids, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, and A Separation

All eyes are cast on enchanting duel between ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ and it has to be seen who will emerge victorious. ‘The Artist’ ran away with honors at Golden Globe Awards and is odds are favoring it for repetition. The following are the nominations in various categories.

Best Picture
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Help”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Best Actress
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Director
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

Original Score
“The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams
“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo,” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse,” John Williams

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio,” Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Costume Design
“The Artist”
“Jane Eyre”

Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement?”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Best Achievement in Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Achievement in Makeup
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“The Iron Lady”

Best Animated Short Film
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Indian Sheen at Oscar-2012

Ironically India’s official entry, Malayalam language film Salim Ahamed’s “Aadaminte Makan Abu” couldn’t make it to the f Best Foreign Film, 2012 Oscar.  but nonetheless India has something to celebrate about.  Anil Ambani owned Reliance Dream Works has garnered 11 Oscar Nominations for 3 of their films: War Horse, The Help and Real Steel.

This is the first time an Indian owned company has been nominated in such a big way at the Oscars. Movie lovers are already getting ready to enjoy and applaud the best in the film industry across the world who are vying for the top honors.

While winners take all name,fame and celebrity status associated with prestigious awards OSCARS, those who couldn’t make it at the final round have nothing to lose as getting nominated to the Oscars it self his hailed as a great honor and pride. Let’s wish all those talented film makers who are competing in true spirit all the best and enjoy their creative skills live on Sunday.

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