Argo v Lincoln Oscars duel shows healthy Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Oscars duel between Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Ben Affleck's Argo casts a Hollywood legend against a directing young gun - but it also shows that Tinseltown's studios are in robust health.
Hollywood majors have been edged out of the Oscars limelight in recent years: last year's best picture winner The Artist and 2011's The King's Speech were both distributed by the New York-based Weinstein Company.
Those two came after 2010's best picture The Hurt Locker, by mini-studio Summit Entertainment. The last major studio Oscar winner was 2009's Slumdog Millionaire, by Fox/Warner.
But the 2013 nominees show an impressive return to form.