Bollywood movie Barfi swept the board at the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Saturday (06Jul13) after scoring a total of 12 honours. The romantic comedy picked up Best Film, Best Story and Best Screenplay, while Anurag Basu was crowned Best Director and the film's stars Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan earned the Best Actor and Best Female Actor prizes, respectively.
It also won Best Musical Director for Pritam, in addition to a slew of technical titles.
Anu Kapoor (for Vicky Donor) and Anushku Sharma (for Jab Tak Hai Jaan) took home the best supporting actor and actress accolades, while Abhishek Bachchan scored the Best Actor in a Comic Role for Bol Bachchan.
Career achievement awards were presented to Anupam Kher and Javed Akhtar, while new dad Shah Rukh Khan was named the Digital Star of the Year.
The IIFA Awards, which is touted as the Indian version of the Oscars, was held in Macau, China as officials celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema and was hosted by Khan and Shahid Kapur. Performances on the night came from stars including Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Prabhu Deva.
It's going to be awwwwkwaaaaard in the South of France this year when both Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee show up to be on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival which starts on May 15 (my birthday!). After intense campaigning Lee and Spielberg were the frontrunenrs for the Best Director Oscar, with Lee taking home the trophy for Life of Pi and Spielberg taking home a greasy In-and-Out Burger from the Vanity Fair party. How will the every decide on a winner?
Well, they'll have Nicole Kidman to help. She and double Oscar-winner and Tarantino muse Christoph Waltz are the high wattage stars this year. They'll be joined by Scotsman Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, and Indian actress Vidya Balan. Wait? Isn't Cannes in France? Well, they have actor Daniel Auteuil repping for his home country. Let's hope he can break up any fights that might erupt about whether or not CGI tigers deserve a golden statue.
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The Dirty Picture actress tied the knot with Kapur, the head of India's leading film and television production company UTV Motion Pictures, at the Green Mile Bungalow in Bandra.
The ceremony, which featured a mix of Punjabi and Tamil traditions, was attended by families of the bride and groom, and came after a private dinner held on Tuesday (11Dec12) and a traditional henna ceremony the following day (12Dec12).
Balan made her Bollywood debut in 2005 film Parineeta and she went on to act in hit 2006 comedy Lage Raho Munnabhai.
The ceremony, held in Singapore this year, drew the Indian Hindi film industry's top stars, who flew in for the 13th annual event at the Marina Bay Sands resort.
Drama My Name Is Khan, about an autistic Muslim man who travels to the U.S., picked up the best director prize for Karan Johar and best actor title for Shahrukh Khan.
The Best Film award went to action-packed police drama Dabangg.
Indian actress Vidya Balan was named the best female actor for her role in Ishqiya, in which she plays a widow romanced by a pair of con men.