Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra who made a red carpet debut at the 88th Academy Awards is the second most searched celebrity after Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio according to Internet search engine Google, which put India among top 10 markets for searches related to Oscars.

India contributes to about 2 per cent of global searches for the Oscars and is among top 10 markets for searches on the Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as the Oscars, Google said in a statement on Monday. As high as 50% of all Oscar searches worldwide have originated from US with the next 30 per cent of search share including the markets of UK, Canada, Australia and Spain according to the company.

"Compared to 2015, this year has seen a 70 per cent Year-on-Year growth in queries for the Oscars with January this year witnessing two times spike in searches in comparison to December 2015," the company said.

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The top searched trends from India this year include Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.

Priyanka, also known as PeeCee, wore a white and sheer embellished fitted gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad for her award presentation ceremony and became the second most searched celebrity in the Red Carpet Dress category. Other contenders included Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron and Saoirse Ronan.

The top searches from across the world for the best Red Carpet Dress have been for Anne Hathaway (2013), Jennifer Lawrence (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2012), Lupita Nyong'o (2015) and Gwyneth Paltrow (2012).

For all Indian fans, Leonardo DiCaprio emerged as the most popular nominee in the race for Best Actor followed by Matt Damon (The Martian). Incidentally the "Revenant" star DiCaprio was also the most searched Best Actor nominee across the US.

Among the Best Actress nominees, Cate Blanchett (Carol) was the most-searched nominee followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Joy). In the US, the two best searched nominees in the category were Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence The top directors at the 88th Academy Awards being searched for include Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road); Lenny Abrhamson (Room) and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).

The top searched designers for this year's Oscars have been Valentino, Zubair Murad, Alexander McQueen, Tadashi Shoji and Calvin Klein.


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