(Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images) Trudie Styler, left, Ruth Negga, Isabelle Huppert, Ava DuVernay, Chrissy Teigen. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times | Ava Duvernay – Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Leading ladies led a trend for long sleeves on the Oscars red carpet. Isabelle Huppert of "Elle" and model/cookbook author (and wife of John Legend) Chrissy Teigen showed how to make the look alluring by sporting sheer fabrics loaded with sparkling embellishments.
Taraji P. Henson stars in "Hidden Figures," and "Fences" features Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
It’s the film industry’s biggest night, so why not revisit this season’s most embarrassing and persistent gaffe ?
Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, was discussing Hollywood diversity on the red carpet when he became the latest person to accidentally mash up "Hidden Figures" and "Fences" into a singular entity, "Hidden Fences," that definitely does not exist.
"Hidden Figures" is about three African American women mathematicians working for NASA in the 1960s and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
"Fences" is a film adaptation of the 1983 August Wilson play of the same name and stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington as a couple struggling through their lives in 1950s Pittsburgh.
"Hidden Fences" is an embarrassing mistake that will earn you the rightful scorn of the Internet for no less than 12 minutes.
More information can be found about "Hidden Fences" nowhere because, again, it’s not a thing.
Unless you’re Stephen Colbert.
Greg P. Russell, the sound mixer who worked on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
Citing a violation of campaign regulations, the motion picture academy announced Saturday that it has rescinded the Oscar nomination for sound mixer Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
“The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called his fellow members of the sound branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film, in direct violation of a campaign regulation that prohibits telephone lobbying,” the academy said in a statement.
The remaining sound mixers from “Benghazi” — Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth — will remain as nominees.
Elton John, left, and David Furnish speak to reporters upon arriving at the EJAF Oscars viewing party.
Hosts Elton John and husband David Furnish have arrived at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood Park.
"It’s our silver anniversary this year. David and I haven’t reached that milestone yet," the singer told reporters on the event’s white carpet. He was in Burberry, while Furnish wore Saint Laurent.
"We started at a small restaurant on Maple Drive, raised $300,000 and thought, ‘That’s not bad. Let’s try that again,’" John said.
At the 2016 viewing party , $6.2 million was brought in for EJAF.
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What inspired the film’s chopped and screwed score?
We were talking, and initially I was feeling the poetry of the film. I was trying to channel that idea of poetry into music and then Barry [Jenkins, the director of "Moonlight"] told me about how much he loved chopped and screwed music.
We just had this idea where like, what if I wrote and fully recorded my music, my classical orchestral music, and then what if we chopped and screwed it as like a second part of the process? That’s one of those things where I think it sounds cool, but you don’t know if it’s going to work, you know? And what’s cool with film music is you don’t know until you put it up against the picture if it’s right. You really don’t know. And what was amazing was as we started doing these explorations, it totally worked. It felt like it was part of the movie. It felt like it was a way of evolving the music along with Chiron’s own personal journey, and that was really exciting. And certain places we would do different experiments.
What’s cool with film music is you don’t know until you put it up against the picture if it’s right. You really don’t know.
Some of the tracks are bent so far down that they’re just like a rumbling, like during the schoolyard fight, some of them are actually more like cellos that I would bend and they sound kind of like basses. It’s always different… most of the cues have some element which is evolved in some way.
Last month, you did a live orchestration to accompany the film. What was it like to do a live orchestration while the film is going on?
That was unforgettable for me. It actually took a long time to prepare for that. I worked on it for almost three months, because with the chopping and screwing, some of that is actually not playable on the instruments. You take a violin and you bend it and then you get it to a range where the violin can’t play it. So I spent a lot of time figuring out how do we do it live because when you’re playing with it live you want it to be live. So there were places, for example, where I would have a violin that I bent to sound like a bass so we’d have a bass play it. So I would sort of reassign some things.
Why do the Oscars still matter?
I think it’s very special for there to be a celebration that is really a celebration of the arts. It’s a celebration of people’s artistic work, and especially in the world today, I think it’s something that’s really important that people have an opportunity to showcase what they’ve done and also for the audience to respond to those works. So I view it as, all the people here are artists in their own way. Every department of the film, these are real masters of their craft. So I think it’s wonderful that there are these celebrations.
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Before Sunday’s Oscars celebration, director Ava DuVernay and other stars are donning hoodies to honor Trayvon Martin on the fifth anniversary of his death.
DuVernay, who’s nominated for documentary feature for her film "13th," tweeted a photo of herself holding up a gray hoodie, similar to the one Martin was wearing when George Zimmerman shot and killed him, emblazoned with "TRAYVON" in black letters.
(Jordan Strauss / Associated Press) (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)
Jackie Chan managed a plus-two for the red carpet — he showed up with two toy pandas, one boy and one girl, wearing UNICEF pins.
The martial-arts icon is a goodwill ambassador for the charity, and he’s been taking stuffed pandas Chan La and Chan Zy on the road for years now.
Leslie Mann, left, Emma Roberts and Isabelle Huppert (Left and center, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; right, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times) (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)
Emma Roberts’ red-carpet ensemble shows that "sustainable fashion" doesn’t necessarily mean "made out of recycled soda bottles."
Roberts, one of the stars on this year’s red carpet raising awareness of sustainable style through Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress program (another is Priyanka Rose), turned out wearing an Armani Privé gown from the designer’s first Privé collection, which debuted in Paris in January 2005.
It’s a spaghetti strap couture dress embroidered with cream crystals and waves of small white jet beads featured in a two-tiered skirt. The plunging bodice is made of jet and black crystal teardrops, and the look is finished off with a black satin cummerbund.
Saving the planet — one vintage garment at a time.
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