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Lincoln, Argo in tight race as Oscars roll out red carpet

Published on Feb 24, 2013 11:57 PM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The Oscars rolled out the red carpet on Sunday for the movie industry's biggest night, with Iran hostage drama Argo and presidential drama Lincoln in a tight race for Best Picture.

With several contests too close to call, a slate of big box-office hits to celebrate and an unpredictable first-time host in Seth MacFarlane, movie fans could be in for surprises when the curtain rises on the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Before the festivities begin, nominees including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Sally Field, Jessica Chastain, British singer Adele and Argo producer George Clooney, along with performers Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Hudson, will parade along the 500ft (152m) long red carpet before dozens of photographers and camera crews.

Inside Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards history could be re-written. Daniel Day-Lewis as US President Abraham Lincoln is considered an unstoppable force to become the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars. Buzz is building over a possible late upset by France's Emmanuelle Riva, 86, in the Best Actress contest that would make the star of harrowing Austrian entry Amour the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar.

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