Oscars 2018: all the winners, speeches and highlights so far – live


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WINNER! Best production design – The Shape of Water


Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nunjiani are presenting and they are talking about the fact that their names are hard to pronounce and that they are both immigrants. They’re talking about standing with the dreamers out there and how they stand with them. It’s interesting to see a political bit written into the script as usually these are improvised.

Aaaaaand phew, The Shape of Water isn’t going to go home empty-handed tonight as the most-nominated film sometimes does. Given how ravishing the film looked, this feels like a smart choice although I think Blade Runner stans will disagree …

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WINNER! Best sound mixing – Dunkirk


And another! Damn they really liked that sound.

There’s a theory that Dunkirk could win best picture due to it being the second or third favourite for many voters. This year, who the hell knows.


WINNER! Best sound editing – Dunkirk


Richard King and Alex Gibson winning the Oscars here for their impressive technical achievement, working yet again with Christopher Nolan.

It feels like Dunkirk’s best chances tonight will be in the tech categories and if nothing else, it’s a technically impressive drama. It might also continue to steal a number of these awards from The Shape of Water.

First snafu of the night, but a mini one no one will care about. Backstage the media receive a transcript of the best supporting actor’s press conference comments while Sam Rockwell is still talking, and the transcript turns out to be of Casey Affleck from last year.

Rockwell says he had several months to prepare for the role. “I did some ridealongs with some cops. I met with a skin graft doctor who introduced me to some burn victims. I had two or three months so got to indulge in all this research.”


The night already feels a bit too montage heavy for me, especially given that the montages are all really dreadfully long. GIVE THE WINNERS THAT TIME INSTEAD.

But yeah we’re already on our 67th (?) of the night running through a seemingly random selection of films from Moonlight to Forrest Gump to It to Precious toWest Side Story to Inception. It’s self-indulgent and long and please Academy, do less.

It’s like film has died and they are paying tribute to the whole medium.

I’m also totally okay with this


The first of the original song performances tonight and it’s this year’s double nominee Mary J Blige singing her track from Mudbound. She’s also up for best supporting actress and is the first person to ever be up for both awards in the same year.

It’s a grand performance, accompanied with a choir and imagery from the film. Miguel singing his Coco song up soon.


WINNER! Best documentary feature – Icarus

Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan, who made Icarus.
Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan, who made Icarus. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Presented by Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern, who should be mother and daughter in an upcoming film from Noah Baumbach already, many thought this would go to Agnès Varda’s Faces Places – but instead it’s gone to the superb Netflix documentary Icarus, about doping in Russia. It’s a timely, fascinating film and a deserving winner.

It’s dedicated to the whistleblower who is still in hiding after taking part in the film. Given the film’s understandably negative view of corruption in Russia, it might not be a favorite with our Putin-loving president.


Kimmel has made his second joke about Black Panther’s phenomenal box office which makes sense since the show is on ABC owned by Disney who own Marvel who made Black Panther. Funny and true and also smug!

This is essentially true:

WINNER! Best costume design – Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)

Phantom Thread

A much-deserved win here for three-time nominee Mark Bridges who designed the incredible dresses in Paul Thomas Anderson’s pitch-black romantic comedy.

It’s also a very short speech which suggests that Mr Bridges wants himself that jet-ski.

Could Phantom Thread go on to win more tonight? It’s unlikely to get the big ones, but Jonny Greenwood is in with a shot for his score so we’ll see.


WINNER! Best makeup and hairstyling – Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman

Remember this time last year when Suicide Squad won and then became Oscar-winning film Suicide Squad? Nothing quite as upsetting this year, as Darkest Hour deservedly wins for the incredible prosthetic work required to turn Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill.


Back to the short speech thing! Man, they are really serious with this. If your speech goes on too long this year, Lakeith Stanfield will jump out screaming “Get out!” which was followed by actual Lakeith Stanfield dressed in his costume from the film. Not a bad joke!

We interviewed Rockwell back in October and so yeah he should have thanked us but hey.

You can check it out here:

WINNER! Best supporting actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Sam Rockwell

So it’s the first award of the night and it looks like each major category is getting a montage of previous winners which feels like it’s going to add more time to an overlong ceremony but sure, okay!

No big surprise here since Rockwell had won every precursor up until tonight. Most critics wanted to see Dafoe win but there’s something deserving about the work Rockwell has done in the industry, even if this might not be his finest role.

“Run that clock Jimmy, I want to get that ski jet or whatever that was,” he jokes. He has a pre-written story about his youth and his love of movies which gets major laughs. He also thanks everyone who has ever looked at a billboard. It’s a charming speech, his best on the awards circuit so far.

Could this be the first of many awards tonight for Three Billboards? I think so.

Kimmel is asking winners to keep their speeches short and whoever gives the shortest speech will, ermmm, win a jet-ski! It’s not a joke, he has a stopwatch!

And so it begins


Red carpet over, we can finally stop cringing through Ryan Seacrest getting snubbed by everyone apart from Christopher Plummer.

It’s kicking off quite shoddily with a vintage-y look at the night’s big stars with Jimmy Kimmel putting on a silly voice. It’s at least better than last year because it features 100% less of Justin Timberlake singing that song from Trolls.

Kimmel’s a slick host though and he’s immediately launched into the envelope drama from last year. He’s telling his story “for the first time” and ensuring us that it will not happen again.

“Oscar is 90 years old this year which means he’s probably at home watching Fox News,” he jokes before praising the statuette’s lack of penis.

He’s gone on to talk about Harvey Weinstein being expelled from the Academy (applause) and is now talking about the importance of setting an example about how Hollywood needs to crack down on sexual harassment.

Kimmel has also confirmed that advocates from various causes will speak throughout the night which should make for an interesting ceremony and will piss off the right which is always fun to watch.

The emphasis is definitely on the Academy as a cause for change, talking about this year’s diverse set of nominees. Mark Wahlberg just got some applause for donating the money he demanded for the All the Money in the World reshoots. Yay?

He’s doing the standard picking out random nominees and making jokes about them but he’s doing it with finesse. “We don’t make films like Call Me by Your Name to make money, we do films like Call Me by Your Name to piss off Mike Pence,” was one of his better lines.


And that’s it from the Guardian fashion team. So what did we learn? A whiteout could have been the new blackout. Gold is what to wear if you haven’t been nominated. Wear your cause on your pin, be it Black Lives Matter or Time’s Up. But when it came to a potential Time’s Up dress code, the party line was there was no party line. The conversation, it seems, has moved off-carpet and into the ether. Or, tonight, more likely the podium.

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

With the Queen wearing duck egg blue front row at London Fashion Week, it’s a colour on its way up. Emily Blunt, who has of course played royals in the past, is lending her support to it with this tulle number. A light-as-a-feather macaroon of a dress.

Will JLaw fall over again tonight? Probably:

Jennifer Lawrence

Who’s your money on? If you want to place some last minute bets with those around you then here’s a final set of predictions from our expert Peter Bradshaw:

Viola Davis
Viola Davis. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Anyone with half an eye on Viola Davis’s red carpet game will know she likes to wear head-to-toe colour. For the Oscars, she gave her support to the pink dress camp. This fuchsia dress brightens things up from the ballet slipper territory. We’re into it.


Bow’d and bejewelled, it’s Nicole Kidman in an architectual feat of a dress: a royal blue strapless gown with a giant bow and central slit.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

It looks like this year’s theme is expensive

Meryl Streep is well known for saying she “couldn’t care less” about fashion, so pity the presenter that asked where her dress is from. Still, it’s a triumphant look for the actor, who is nominated for The Post, with a classic Streep neckline, finely belted and, notably, no Time’s Up pin.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

More than ever before, this year has seen some pretty intense backlashes to the nominated films. It’s an obvious escalation, given the outrage culture we’re all screaming our way through, and it’s often entirely, and refreshingly valid.

But will it affect who voters actually pick? Do they care about resurfaced allegations of domestic violence against Gary Oldman? Do they believe the claims of plagiarism being leveled at The Shape of Water? Do they agree that Martin McDonagh’s take on race in America is tone-deaf in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?

My guess = probably not.

Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/BEI/REX/Shutterstock

The second actress to wear gold, possibly nodding to the actual Oscar statuette, Lupita Nyong’o’s dress is as glitzy as they come. The sash adds a tough detail that tells everyone Nyong’o, like her character in Black Panther, is anything but a pushover.

Presenter and Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot is also banging the drum for statuette chic in a metallic tasselled hem dress, which judging by the pictures, she appears to be swishing all the time. Look at that movement.

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage


Get Out
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out Photograph: Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures

The Academy isn’t always swayed by box office but there’s something to be said about voters gravitating towards the buzzier, more seen films.

Taking a look at this year’s crop, here’s how they stand in terms of global gross. Could Get Out’s phenomenal conversion of $5m budget to $255m gross help push it to the top?

9. Call Me by Your Name – $29m

8. Phantom Thread – $33m

7. Lady Bird – $53m

6. The Shape of Water – $113m

5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Misouri – $123m

4. Darkest Hour – $136m

3. The Post – $146m

2. Get Out – $255m

1. Dunkirk – $525m


Saoirse Ronan, and Laurie Metcalf
Saoirse Ronan, and Laurie Metcalf Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Playing mother and daughter in Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf arrived together and effectively gave two thumbs up to the pink dress trend. Ronan’s sugarpink dress with big bow has a mid-century fun feel to it, while Metcalf’s column dress is sleek and chic. Matchy-matchy dressing taken to the next level.

Last night, there was a special Oscars skit during Saturday Night Live, taking aim at the many men being accused of sexual harassment this year.

You can take a look here at who won a “grabby”

Here’s Emma Stone and the First Pair Of Trousers of the red carpet – black, naturally – and worn with a red burgundy jacket and pink sash. The clashing colours were a flip to last year’s gold gown. Which makes you wonder if she and Jennifer Lawrence shared notes.

Emma Stone
Emma Stone Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The list of stars presenting awards tonight is both impressive and impresssively diverse. We’ll be seeing Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, Chadwick Boseman, Emily Blunt, Jodie Foster, Zendaya, Kumail Nunjiani, Helen Mirren, Dave Chappelle, Lupita Nyong’o, Taraji P Henson and many others.

But will there be any viral hosting skits? The Oscars is usually light on these (the Globes is usually the home for these) but they have invited three key Weinstein accusers to present (Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd and Annabella Sciorra) which suggests an emotive tribute to the women who have spoken up.


“Something that weights a ton of bricks” and “smoke and mirrors” was Sally Hawkins’s spirited if telling response to what she is wearing on the red carpet. What we do know about the 1940s shouldered dress, which pooled into black beads on the carpet, is that it is in keeping with the whiteout trend. As to the Oscars’ post-Times’ Up? “Still battling with equal pay,” she said, before walking away.

Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins Photograph: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock


Tonight’s most nominated film The Shape of Water has been nabbing headlines in recent weeks for all of the wrong reasons. Guillermo del Toro’s woozily romantic fantasy has been likened to a play from Paul Zindel and his family have taken legal action for perceived plagiarism. Will this affect its chances?

You can read more here:

In recognition, perhaps, of the Oscar’s statuette, Jennifer Lawrence has come in gold rippled Christian Dior and matching rippled hair. Lawrence’s red carpet hair routinely launches a thousand trends so it’s worth noting. Following a recent photo call and a Versace dress, Lawrence shut down critics who accused her of not advocating feminism as “loud”. Much like her glorious dress.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage


In 1962 Puerto Rican actor Rita Moreno was awarded best supporting actress for her role as Anita in West Side Story.

Oscar Winners George Chakiris (L) and Rita Moreno with Rock Hudson at the 1962 Awards ceremony.
Oscar Winners George Chakiris (L) and Rita Moreno with Rock Hudson at the 1962 Awards ceremony. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive
Rita Moreno at the Oscars in the same dress 56 years later.
Rita Moreno at the Oscars in the same dress 56 years later. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Here’s Rita Moreno in that dress, back in 1962, and 2018. Compare and contrast. It’s a good detail to note that after 56 years, she chose to go strapless and pair the dress with glasses and Cleopatra-style necklace. “This has been hanging in my closet all this time, not even in a bag,” she said. “What is amazing is this gold thread didn’t tarnish. I’m 86 now, it’s 56, there are big changes, good changes, I’m thrilled to be here.” She’s an example to us all.


Timothee Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

For the Independent Spirit awards, Timothée Chalamet wore a white shirt with name tag that looked like it came from a thrift store. He’s smartened up for the Oscars but kept the slightly esoteric point of view, with the short trousers and pointy boots. More please.


Zoë Brock, a model and writer who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, said she wished the Academy Awards would do more to honor the women who have spoken up about the disgraced producer.

“Put us on a stage. Let us wear black! Look us in the eyes and tell us you’re proud of us,” Brock wrote to the Guardian in an email. Brock, who accused Weinstein of making an unwanted sexual advance when she was 23 years old, is part of a class-action lawsuit against the producer and has organized activist efforts with other accusers.

Several high-profile Weinstein accusers are expected to present an award at the ceremony, but Brock said she wished the Academy would do more to recognize the movement that grew out of the Weinstein scandal. Two of the most high-profile accusers, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, promoted the Time’s Up movement on the red carpet and spoke about Weinstein.

“People got rich because of Weinstein. And they won a lot of Academy awards. The Oscars is the ONLY stage I personally want to hear a freaking apology from, and a cut and dry promise that Harvey will never, ever be in that room again,” Brock wrote in her email. “We are standing up to these powerful people no matter how scared we are because we have to. It is the right thing to do.”

She added: “The only reason this issue hasn’t faded already is because we are collectively yelling so loudly. America and the news cycle is back to talking about Trump and the latest school shooting. Hollywood wants to get back to business and so does the public – but we can’t let it.”


Helen Mirren is going to have more fun tonight than any of us

Greta Gerwig is nominated for best director for Lady Bird……

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig Photograph: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

Yellow is on the cusp of being a trend – worn by Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez and now Greta Gerwig. The floor-length, mustard-coloured sequin almost has the feel of a slipdress, and as such could almost fit into the wardrobe of Lady Bird.

In a lengthy interview, Gerwig recently told the Guardian that ahead of the Oscars, she was already doing just fine.


Taraji P Henson has won the Oscar for best way of taking down Ryan Seacrest on live television

OK, two themes emerging here on the red carpet: white gowns and the micro handbag carried louchely, at calf height. As yet, there is no confirmation of a whiteout memo having gone round before the ceremony, but it’s certainly happening. Oh Margot Robbie’s gown is Chanel.

Margot Robbie wore white
Margot Robbie wore white Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman arrived on the red carpet with the cross-armed salute and shout-out to “Wakanda forever”. Add to that his silver-lapelled suit and Twitter is bowing down.


Never knowingly seen without a pair of sunglasses, even indoors, Whoopi Goldberg has triumphed in the colour stakes, here in a full-skirted yellow and purple print gown and what appears to be a red ribbon to raise awareness for people living with HIV. Tenner she keeps her specs on throughout the ceremony.

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson Photograph: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

It feels like Taraji P Henson wears black because she likes the drama of the colour, rather than for any overtly political reasons. She makes a statement all of her own in this sheer-panelled Vera Wang dress which is just asking for a proper pose.


So it looks like all the major stars did choose to shun Ryan Seacrest, as many had predicted. The host has been accused of sexual harassment, something he denies, and despite this, E! still chose to place him on the red carpet tonight.

As a result, his interviewees were mostly male (Mary J Blige and Allison Janney were the rare exceptions) and instead, ABC has nabbed all of the major pre-ceremony exclusives.

And yeah this was interesting …

Save James Ivory, the menswear has been a bit one-note, so it’s cheering to see Daniel Kaluuya in a tobacco and black leather lapelled tux jacket, paired with some patent brogues, a colour pairing which is redolent of Michael Strahan’s 2015 look. Except way, way better.

Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Here’s what the British star of Get Out had to say to the Guardian (including what his mother thinks of his US accent) in a big recent interview.


Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

As the first person ever to be nominated for an acting award and for an original song, Mary J Blige is already a star of the Oscars 2018. Her white dress with asymmetric bodice is an exercise in alpha glamour, while the teeny-tiny bag is a touching addition that proves even Blige needs somewhere to put her phone and lipstick. She’ll need those later when she heads to the afterparty in her honour to be staged by Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Winning.


Agnes Varda
Agnes Varda Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Could tonight see any records broken?

Taking a look at the nominations, the following winners would prove to be notable hall-of-famers:

  • At 88, Christopher Plummer would be the oldest acting winner ever, beating the record he already has after winning for Beginners in 2012.
  • Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison is already the first female nominee in the category of best cinematography so if she wins, she will, you’ve guessed it, be the first female winner.
  • If Jordan Peele manages to beat favourite Guillermo del Toro for best director, he’ll be the first black winner in this category.
  • At 22, Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet would be the youngest best actor winner, beating out Adrien Brody who won when he was 29 for The Pianist.
  • The most likely of all tonight’s record-breakers is Agnès Varda, who at 89 is already the oldest nominee ever so if her acclaimed film Faces Places wins best documentary (and it really could) then she’d, yep, be the oldest winner too.


In black velvet and a giant, custom-made Black Lives Matters badge on her strap, here is Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, and one of the most prominent activists of the movement.

Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors
Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters


The best song category is unusually competitive this year and also, even more unusually, it actually contains some songs worth listening to.

Here’s a look at who might come out on top:

St. Vincent
St. Vincent Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

St Vincent wins for bringing the most theatricality to the red carpet. While not quite at the peerless level of Björk in the swan dress in 2001, this is the most experimental look we have seen so far, and it is therefore to be applauded. The resemblance to the emoji dancing girls should also be noted.


Elisabeth Moss is here, wearing an off-shoulder, crystal-embedded pink gown with a soft Hollywood wave and, of course, a Time’s Up pin on her belt. It seems the Oscar’s red carpet is becoming something of a “whiteout” – in comparison to the Golden Globes’ blackout protest.

Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


Laura Dern has arrived, in a white slit-shouldered asymmetric gown. More white, then – we smell a trend, although Dern is noticeably not wearing a Time’s Up pin. Given she is one of the campaign’s original cadre, that she has avoided the black-and-Time’s-Up-pin combo of red carpets late, this looks set to be the direction the nascent organisation is hoping to take.

Laura Dern
Laura Dern Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek Photograph: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

Salma Hayek is obviously on the Pantone intel – purple is the colour of 2018. Her custom-made Gucci dress goes way beyond fashionable colours, with sparkle, tiers of fabric and a cage of diamonds. Its merits are already being debated on Twitter, which means meme status is only a click away.


Jane Fonda is here to present the award for best actress with Jennifer Lawrence, both actors drafted in to replace Casey Affleck. Naturally Fonda is wearing a Time’s Up pin on her hourglass-shaped white gown by 44 Francois Premier, the couture arm of Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Given the circumstances, it will be interesting to see if Fonda talks to Ryan Seacrest…

Jane Fonda wore a Time’s Up pin
Jane Fonda wore a Time’s Up pin Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


Rita Moreno arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rita Moreno arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for repeat wearing clothes but Rita Moreno, presenting an award here, showed us how it’s really done. She is wearing a dress that she originally wore to the Oscars in 1962 when she won best supporting actress for West Side Story, made from Japanese Obi fabric. No wonder she looks so triumphant.


Last night was the Film Independent Spirit awards and Get Out came out on top scooping up best feature, beating out Three Billboards and Call Me by Your Name. Jordan Peele also won best director while Frances McDormand and Timothée Chalamet picked up lead acting awards.

Sidebar: the best picture winner at the Spirits has been the same as the Oscars for the last four years.

You can read all about it here:

Rachel Morrison is the first woman nominated in the cinematographer category, for her work on Mudbound. She is also one of the few women to wear black.

Rachel Morrison
Rachel Morrison Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


James Ivory, screenwriter and co-producer of the drama Call Me by Your Name is, at 89, the oldest male Oscar nominee. More to the point though – the shirt. A custom-made monochrome homage to the film’s heartbreaking final scene: Timothée Chalamet’s character, Elio, weeping into the open fire over the dulcet tones of Sufjan Stevens. Special mention, too, to the hand-painted shoes from the Van Gogh Museum.

James Ivory
James Ivory Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


The National Hispanic Media Coalition has staged a protest of the Oscars to draw attention to the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood.

“We have underrepresentation that is so severe that we cannot continue to let it go year after year,” Alex Nogales, president of the coalition, told the Guardian before the weekend’s protests. “This is a situation that has been intolerable for years.”

Although Latinos comprise 18% of the US population and 23% of moviegoers, only 3% of speaking characters in 2016’s top 100 films were Latinos, according to a University of Southern California study.

Disney’s nominated film Coco, which tells the story of a Mexican boy stuck in the Land of the Dead, had a Latino cast, and Oscar Isaac, who was born in Guatemala, starred in the latest Star Wars trilogy. Guillermo del Toro’s film The Shape of Water is also leading the Oscar’s race with 13 nominations. But no Latinos were nominated for acting Oscars this year.

Advocates plan to escalate the campaigns and pressure film executives to meet with the organizations pushing for better Latino representation, Nogales said.

“If leadership of the studios don’t come and say let’s talk, we’ll call them out by name and see how they like to be called racists and bigots.”

Ashley Judd, and Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd, both women who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour, arrived together on the red carpet, as a very glamorous united front. They might not be wearing the black of the Golden Globes but their presence is a protest in and of itself.

Here is Andy Serkis with his wife, the actor Lorraine Ashbourne. Serkis is repping for his role as Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes which is up for best visual effects, although he is currently playing a human being in Black Panther, albeit a terrible one who has stolen Wakandan mining technology. Both parties are, poignantly, in black.

Andy Serkis, and Lorraine Ashbourne
Andy Serkis, and Lorraine Ashbourne Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


This is the third time Christopher Plummer has been nominated for an Oscar since 2010, this year for playing J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. Plummer of course replaced Kevin Spacey following sexual harassment and assault allegations against Spacey in November. Quite the turnaround. Plummer wasn’t thrilled about being named “the oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar”. Still, if he wins, he’ll probably forget about the ageism.

Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


Appearing on the cover of supremely stylish Gentlewoman this month means that Allison Janney now has serious fashion cred. While her Reem Acra red gown is a pretty safe choice for her first time at the Oscars, she has already won best sleeves. Trailing on the ground, they only up her fashion cred and almost overshadow her decision to talk to Ryan Seacrest.

Allison Janney in Reem Acra.
Allison Janney in Reem Acra. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage


The Academy in 2017: we will do everything in our power to ensure that no one reads out the wrong best picture winner ever again

The Academy in 2018: okay, hear us out though

Singer Miguel wore a black tux, with a coat shoulder-robed, with his girlfriend, model Nazanin Mandi. He is up for best song for Remember Me in Pixar’s Coco, and had a chat to the controversial E host Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, who other celebrities are said to be boycotting after he has been accused of sexual harassment. Miguel, who has also been accused of – and denies – questionable behaviour, signed off his interview with the line “always a pleasure”.

Miguel with model Nazanin Mandi
Miguel with model Nazanin Mandi Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


Patrick Stewart is here showing his true colours, or lack thereof, in a classic black tux with the usual red carpet accoutrements. Is he making a protest? The Time’s Up pin would suggest yes…

Patrick Stewart’s pin
Patrick Stewart’s pin. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

What can we learn from the top nine’s splashy “for your consideration” campaigns? According to Stuart Heritage, Get Out has it in the bag while any attempts by the team behind Call Me by Your Name might prove fruitless:

Beanie Feldstein, who plays Julie in Lady Bird, is one of the first stars we’ve seen wearing the Time’s Up pin seen at the Golden Globes. Her black and white gown is also a subtle show of support for the black dress code without going all the way. A careful, clever choice for an Oscars newbie.

Beanie Feldstein wore the Times Up pin
Beanie Feldstein wore the Times Up pin Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic


Fresh from the ice in PyeongChang, figure skater Adam Rippon has arrived in a custom-made cropped black Jeremy Scott tuxedo jacket with shoulder cut-outs, and curious black leather studded criss-cross chest harness.

Olympic bronze medallist Adam Rippon
Olympic bronze medallist Adam Rippon Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


Is Armie Hammer going to be well enough to attend tonight? Last night things didn’t look too, well, peachy after the Call Me By Your Name actor skipped the Independent Spirit awards due to illness, and he posted this rather dramatic Oscars prep pic yesterday …


Pink dresses have a history at the Oscars – think Gwyneth Paltrow’s emotional speech in 1999. Allison Williams, who stars in nominated Get Out continues that tradition. Her embroidered gown and waved hair is a millennial’s take on old Hollywood glamour.

Allison Williams, who stars in Get Out
Allison Williams, who stars in Get Out Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage


Welcome to the Oscars red carpet, the grande dame of all carpets, and of course award season’s finale. In an unexpected twist, the Time’s Up movement have announced there will be no formal dress code, although attendees are being encouraged to wear Time’s Up pins and orange American flag pins in support of Everytown For Gun Safety, a non-profit against gun violence. Making the point is Disney star Sofia Carson, in red Giambattista Valli.


An early look at the stage here thanks to Nicole Kidman. It looks, ermmm, Oscar-y?

As with other post-Weinstein ceremonies, there will be a strong #MeToo theme running through tonight, from the speeches down to rumors of a special segment in the ceremony.

It’s also likely to affect the red carpet but in a way that could prove a major problem. E!’s coverage is co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest as per usual but the host has recently been accused of sexual harassment by a former stylist (he denies them) and reports suggest that stars might avoid speaking to him on their way inside the Dolby Theatre.

Jennifer Lawrence spoke about the issue earlier this week: “I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know. I don’t know … That is where this stuff gets tricky. I can’t imagine him being sexual.”

Latest reports suggest that there will be a slight delay between what happens on the red carpet and what E! shows on TV.

You can read more about the allegations here:

Welcome to the Oscars

Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water
Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water Photograph: Allstar/Fox Searchlight Pictures

After another awards season filled with wins, losses, politics, dresses and, you know, films, we’re reaching the dramatic conclusion with this year’s Academy Awards.

While most of the early indicators have implied that it would take another envelope switcheroo for an upset in the four acting categories (can anything stop Oldman, McDormand, Janney and Rockwell?), the best picture race is far from wrapped up. Guillermo del Toro’s stylish romance The Shape of Water is out in front with 13 nominatons and is predicted to win a good chunk of them but quite often the most lauded film going in doesn’t always come out on top (La La Land, The Revenant, Gravity, Lincoln and Hugo all went in with the most yet all failed to win the big prize).

Could divisive drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri continue its winning streak? Could Get Out be the first horror film to win since The Silence of the Lambs? Could Dunkirk prove the safe choice for voters? We’ll find out in a few hours.

It’s also set to be another politically charged ceremony with rumours of gun control badges being won on the red carpet and a #TimesUp moment in the telecast. We’ll be here until late with our fashion experts taking over very soon. Get some snacks. Happy 90th Oscars!


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I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).