19 Feb '12, 7am

One week out, Hollywood gears up for Oscars

One week out, Hollywood gears up for Oscars

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood Boulevard is still open to traffic, but not for long: sometime this week, the Oscars mega-circus will start to pitch its tent, for the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season. With only seven days to go before next Sunday's extravaganza, everyone knows the frontrunners: Martin Scorsese's visually lavish adventure "Hugo" and French-directed silent movie "The Artist," starring a cute canine called Uggie. But unlike some years, there is little consensus over whether either will walk away with the prestigious golden statuette for Best Picture when the envelopes are opened at the Kodak Theatre. Indeed, the mood is slightly strange this year because, less than a fortnight before the show, the Kodak Theatre lost its name after the legendary photographic company filed for bankruptcy. The run-up to this year's Oscars has definitely had its share of bumps...

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