TAKE A LOOK-Road to the Oscars 2013

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out the Oscars at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24 to crown the best films of 2012. TOP STORIES > Oscars in Hollywood cliffhanger over Best Picture, Director > Who needs an Oscar? Hollywood basks in industry's comeback > 'Zero Dark Thirty' - too cool, or too controversial for Oscars? > Oscar voting closes after fierce studio campaigns FILMS > Best Picture contenders produce $2 bln box office bounty > 'Amour' director's take on death could have a Hollywood ending > "Beasts" comes to Oscars with tiny budget, fresh director > Israel's Oscar bid discomforts Netanyahu government > 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Argo' win top Writers Guild Awards PEOPLE > Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln makes unstoppable Oscar force > A Minute With: Michael Haneke and the story behind 'Amour' > Lawrence, Chastain, Riva in Oscar battle of youth versus experience > Congolese teen actress gets U.S. visa to walk Oscar red carpet > Massive awards dinner a piece of cake, says Oscars chef Puck > Seth MacFarlane bringing a surprise factor as Oscar host > A Minute With: Billy Crystal, former host of the Academy Awards OSCAR FLAVOR > Actresses walking Oscar's red carpet to exude sophistication, not sex > Strange but true stories from Academy Awards past > Bulgari will showcase Elizabeth Taylor's gems in Oscar-week exhibit > Bird droppings, bull testicles among pre-Oscar beauty treatments > Oscar 'losers' to go home with $45,000 gift bags FACTBOXES > List of key Oscar nominations > Key historical facts about the Academy Awards (Compiled by Sandra Maler)