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The Oscars: glitz, glamour and lobbying

20 February 2015 Last updated at 23:04 GMT

The 87th Academy Awards take place this Sunday in Los Angeles and it is big business for Hollywood.

Academy members will have cast their votes and the winners will be revealed, but are the awards actually based on performance or gentle persuasion from lobbyists?

Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz has been looking behind the scenes.