Oscars 2019: the red carpet, the ceremony and the winners – live! – The Guardian

Seacrest awkwardness update:

SAM ELLIOTT: Pressed hard on what Bradley Cooper cooked for him. Refused point-blank to respond. Joke’s on him, because nobody cares. 3/10


Emma Stone.

Emma Stone. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Brown is not a colour we have seen much of at the Oscars 2019. It is, however, a very fashion colour currently. Emma Stone, nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Favourite, makes a case for a kind of rust colour in her Louis Vuitton dress. If, on the catwalk, brown has had a lot of play in daywear with cord and knitwear, Stone’s sequins – not to mention the impressive matching of hair to dress – give it a dressy spin.


Chadwick Boseman on the red carpet.

Chadwick Boseman on the red carpet. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther has arrived in a black jacket-dress dipped in metallic sequins, and a thigh-length black silk scarf in lieu of a bowtie. He’s fast becoming a poster boy for Givenchy but we’ll update the designer when we know more. The look is regal, staid without being dull and presumably incredibly heavy. Also very pro anyone who doesn’t wear a harness tonight.


Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Malificent has had quite the impact when it comes to fashion – Charlize Theron’s Oscars look is the latest example of how the sorceress is a bit of style icon for our times. The actor’s new raven bob looks sharp against the duck-egg column of her Dior dress. The pointy jewellery, slash of red lipstick and low back add up to the kind of glamour that is not to be messed with.


Amy Poehler on the red carpet.

Amy Poehler on the red carpet. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Amy Poehler, who would have been a great host tonight but is likely presenting an award, is wearing a black Alberta Ferretti tuxedo, replete with tails, a sheer ruffle blouse and some sort of pin. Tuxedoes on women: the trend we all predicted on the post-MeToo red carpet but have so far seen very little of.

Amy Adams.

Amy Adams. Photograph: David Fisher/Rex/Shutterstock

In Vice, Amy Adams does power dressing 80s style, complete with shoulder pads, big hair and classically expensive jewellery. For the Oscars, the nominee is far more understated – strikingly so. After so many pink frocks, capes and more, this white column dress is positively understated. Perhaps it’s a more subtle power play – when you’re this good, you don’t need to make a fuss.


Less than an hour to go until the ceremony starts. It might be time to start guessing what time Lady Gaga will arrive on the red carpet. My prediction: 20 seconds before the ceremony begins, in a gown made out of liquid mercury, carried on a plinth by a fleet of anthropomorphic badgers.

Angela Bassett on the red carpet.

Angela Bassett on the red carpet. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Rex/Shutterstock

In her asymmetric gown by Lebanese designer, Reem Acra, Black Panther star Angela Bassett incorporates three of this season’s trends in one fell swoop: hot pink, a train and a giant rococo bow. Large bows have become something of a macro trend – see the Miu Miu, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs and Moschino spring/summer catwalks – but it’s always pleasing to see one worn in the wild. Surprisingly, her stylist described her as a fan of “effortless fashion” because of the length of the train.


Because there isn’t a lot to actually liveblog yet, I’ve chosen to rate the awkwardness of Ryan Seacrest’s red carpet interviews as they happen. Some highlights so far:

RICHARD E GRANT: Told Seacrest that he had impregnated Melissa McCarthy, to Seacrest’s palpable confusion. 6/10

JOE ALWYN: Seacrest asked if it was his birthday today. It was not his birthday today. So Seacrest asked what he did for his most recent birthday anyway. 8/10


Gemma Chan.

Gemma Chan. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Rex/Shutterstock

Gemma Chan’s fuschia pink Valentino frock demonstrates she is – and we mean this as a compliment – a lazy dresser. The dress has all the impact – thanks to the kind of colour more usually found on a highlighter in your stationery tidy – without sacrificing comfort. It has pockets and, with the floor-grazing length, she could even be wearing sneakers. We hope she is.


Glenn Close on the red carpet.

Glenn Close on the red carpet. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Glenn Close, favourite to win an Oscar for best actress, has come presumably en homage to an Oscar statuette in an extraordinary floor length gold gown. The cape puddling on the red carpet is something of a theme among the best actress nominees – Melissa McCarthy arrived in a monochrome caped suit a few moments ago. Looking forward to seeing Lady Gaga in something similar.


I’ve figured out what a Glambot is, by the way. It’s a high-speed camera mounted on a robotic arm that has the ability to rotate, lift, pan, tilt and roll with unprecedented swiftness. How has E! utilised such impressive technology? By encouraging famous people to sort of stand in front of it and waggle their arms around a bit. Maybe it is the end of the world after all.


Melissa McCarthy.

Melissa McCarthy. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The trend for women wearing trousers on the red carpet has been growing over the last few years but Melissa McCarthy is the first major female star at the Oscars this year to spurn a dress. Her palazzo pants are very spring/summer 2019. The flowy cape, meanwhile, brings the movie-star glamour. The resemblance to Daenerys Targaryen’s outfits in Game of Thrones only makes us more convinced that McCarthy might actually be queen of the world.


If there isn’t going to be an Oscars monologue this year – rumours suggest that it’s going to be replaced by some sort of hellish Queen medley – here’s a quick rundown of some of the other awards season monologues, so hopefully you can get your fill that way.

Film Independent Spirit awards – Aubrey Plaza

A very strong monologue with good cameos and a splendid closeup of Tilda Swinton’s dirty napkin. 8/10

Writers Guild Awards – Chelsea Peretti

Perhaps the best monologue of the year, possibly because the awards also celebrate television, which meant that a great deal of time could be spent explaining why The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is bad. 10/10

Baftas – Joanna Lumley

Literally a hellmouth created by a near total absence of identifiable jokes. When we all die, this will be the last thing we see. Awful awful awful awful. 3/10



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