Argo, Lincoln vie for Oscars crown in open race
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Steven Spielberg goes into next weekend's Oscars with the most nominations for his presidential Lincoln, but the momentum is all with Ben Affleck's thriller Argo in the Academy Awards home straight.
And while the Hollywood veteran and the young pretender vie for the Oscars best picture crown, several other frontrunners remain hard on their heels, in one of the least predictable Oscar races in recent memory.
Taiwan-born Ang Lee's 3D spectacular Life Of Pi, Osama bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty and romcom Silver Linings Playbook could all be in with a chance at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season.
Spielberg and Lee are frontrunners for best director, while Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis is widely seen as a shoo-in for best actor. For best actress the hot money is on Jessica Chastain for her part in Zero Dark Thirty or Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.