The entertainment world was preened and primed Sunday for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades, with three movies leading an impressive field for Hollywood's most highly coveted prizes.
After months of drought, a huge storm hit just in time for the Academy Awards, drenching the famous red carpet where A-listers will strut their stuff as Tinseltown's annual awards season comes to a climax, though the rain was expected to ease off into the evening.
The harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes.
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