Former Miss India Tina (Munim) Ambani and her husband, billionaire Anil Ambani were in town for the Oscars. Ambani invested $300 million for joint control of Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks Pictures, in a process that started in 2008. The first products from this partnership hit theaters in 2011.
Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in The Help which was funded by Dreamworks since the Reliance investment.
Two other Reliance DreamWorks titles — War Horse and Real Steel — were nominated. War Horse and The Help were in the fray for the best film award, which went to black and white silent film The Artist. War Horse was also nominated for sound editing, sound mixing, original score, art direction and cinematography. The Help, featured in the nomination line-up for best actress ( Viola Davis) and best supporting actress (Jessica Chastain and Spencer) Hugh Jackman-starrer sci-fi thriller Real Steel was on the list for best achievement in visual effects.