Hollywood gears up for the Oscars

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Hollywood gears up for the Oscars

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The highlight of the Hollywood calendar is upon us.

The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony is being held tonight in Los Angeles and organisers have made a few alterations to avoid another ratings damp squib.

For more suspense, ten films rather than five are up for the Oscar Best Picture, and one of the front-runners is Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker.” Its director Kathryn Bigelow is also bidding to become the first ever woman to win Best Director.

But Bigelow will face stiff competition from her ex-husband, James Cameron. His blockbuster “Avatar” is already the highest grossing film of all time and with nine nominations this year, he must fancy his chances of adding to the Oscar-haul he achieved with “Titanic.”

Among the outsiders garnering hopes of upsetting the big-guns is “Precious,” which many Hollywood watchers believe could provide comedienne Mo’Nique with the Best Supporting Actress award.

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz is hotly tipped for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling portrayal of a nazi jew-hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.”

In an industry that perhaps sometimes takes itself too seriously, there was some self-deprecation last night with the Razzies- like the Oscars but for the worst rather than the best performances.

Sandra Bullock was sporting enough to pick up her Worst Actress Razzie up in person, knowing she can redeem herself if she takes the Best Actress Oscar tonight.

And “Battlefield Earth” was voted worst film of the decade. Its screenwriter J.D.Shapiro thanked “the dozens and dozens of people who went to see it.”