HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood counted down the hours yesterday as stars gathered for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades, with three movies leading the field for Tinseltown’s most highly coveted prizes.
Organisers were praying for the rain to hold off, after a huge storm hit just before the Academy Awards weekend, drenching the famous red carpet where A-listers were to strut their stuff.
They awoke to gray skies but no downpours for the first time in three days, and a canopy protecting the Hollywood Boulevard runway leading into the Dolby Theatre was finally removed.
Harrowing historical drama “12 Years a Slave,” 3D space thriller “Gravity” and 1970s crime caper “American Hustle” are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at yesterday night’s show.
On the acting front, Cate Blanchett is favorite for her turn in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”