Scarlett Johansson showed up Sunday for her two-nomination night at the Oscars every bit the bombshell in a Champagne-colored Oscar de la Renta strapless gown embellished to the rafters, while fellow nominee Laura Dern brought her mom as she walked the red carpet in pale pink and black.
Spike Lee paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in a Lakers-purple jacket with the basketball star's 24 on its lapels, though a majority of men went for classic black tuxedos from a slew of top designers.
Dern told The Associated Press that her dress was Armani. The designer also dressed her for first Oscars back in the early '90s, when she also attended with her mom, Diane Ladd.
"It feels really special," Dern said. "I'm very grateful to them."
While pink has dominated this awards season, a range of colors were plentiful at the Oscars. Princess and other classic silhouettes were the norm as fewer stars took fashion risks. Janelle Monae was an exception, as usual, in a stunning Ralph Lauren silver dress with a hood, long sleeves and about 170,000 Swarovski crystals. A majority of men went for classic black tuxedos from a slew of top designers.
Another queen of the carpet: "Little Women" nominee Florence Pugh in a tiered gown in a standout shade from Louis Vuitton.
"It changes in different light," she said. "Sometimes it's green, sometimes it's blue. I feel like a Tinkerbell fairy. It's great."
Billie Eilish, her hair bright green, was all about Chanel in a fuzzy white button down and pants, not breaking with her tradition of wearing oversize looks.
"We gotta do Chanel," she said, pointing to the brand's baubles in her hair. "I don't know why. It was just the vibe."
Saoirse Ronan's look seemed confused. It had a purple skirt with a black and white top with an abundance of fabric at the waist. There was no such problem with Sandra Oh's ecru, embroidered gown by Elie Saab with floral swirls of tulle and touches of silver thread. It was belted with a bow and suited her to a T. Brie Larson was elegant in an embellished caped gown. Charlize Theron, a star of "Bombshell," also looked classic Hollywood in one-strap black, her hair swept back.
Natalie Portman went in another direction. Her Dior cape look was embroidered with the names of women who directed movies last year but were not nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards. Who are they? The names included Lorene Scafaria ("Hustlers"), Lulu Wang ("The Farewell"), Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), Marielle Heller ("A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"), Melina Matsoukas ("Queen & Slim") Alma Har'el ("Honey Boy"), Céline Sciamma ("Portrait of a Lady on Fire") and Mati Diop ("Atlantics")
The "Joker" star and run-away award winner this season, Joaquin Phoenix, accessorized his black tux with something he seems quite fond of — dark sunglasses. He walked hand in hand with girlfriend Rooney Mara, who wore a gown with black lace details and cutouts.
Cynthia Erivo went for blonde bombshell in a white gown that hugged her up top and fell to a full skirt. Her short hair matched the one-strap look. Nominee for "Judy," Renee Zellweger, also went for white. Her body hugger had one shoulder with a long sleeve and ample sparkle.
Zazie Beetz wore two stunning diamond necklaces by Bvlgari with a custom Thom Browne look, and Billy Porter paid homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace in a 24-karat bodice of gold feathers. Beetz, who co-stars in "Joker," sparkled in two pieces from Browne, her tight top fringed at the bottom. Her necklaces were in white gold, one with round diamonds and the other a choker with an oval emerald at the center.
The look was "very chic dominatrix," Beetz said, adding: "I'm really into corsetry. It's a very beautiful classic shape."
Also winning in the necklace department was "Little Women" director Greta Gerwig. Around her neck was a short necklace with seven emerald beads surrounded by diamonds by Bvlgari.
Porter's latest red carpet statement was custom, from British couture designer Giles Deacon. His orange silk ball skirt was printed with touches paying homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace. It was the first of several looks for the "Pose" star at the Dolby Theatre.
Norwegian singer Aurora showed up in loose pants with a tunic top and red accents. Atop her head was a crown-like head piece in a flower design with touches of green and pearl.
Kaitlyn Dever, from "Booksmart," wore an eco-conscious strapless Louis Vuitton gown in red.
"There's a lot of change to be made," she said of saving the planet.
The company said the custom silk satin look embroidered with Swarovski crystals and glass beads is "ethical" and "eco-responsible."
Regina King went full Hollywood in a one-strap pink gown that showed off a perfect fit. Julia Butters, the 10-year-old who appeared in "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," wore a perky shade of pink from Christian Siriano — it was custom — with a matching bag,
Waad al-Kateab, co-director of the nominated, Syria-set documentary "For Sama," used her gown for some political messaging in Arabic. Her war film tells the stories of loss, laughter and survival in Aleppo.
The carpet kicked off with a blast of hard rain and cold just as Porter, Tamron Hall and others had arrived. Crazed staff ran around trying to keep the water off the tent with squeegees.
On an Oscars red carpet filled with dramatic dresses and designer tuxedos, Spike Lee and Natalie Portman wore clothing that made a personal and political statement.
Lee paid tribute to the Kobe Bryant in a Lakers-purple jacket with the late basketball star's 24 on its lapels and on the back, while Portman wore the names of snubbed female directors on her cape.
The two were among the standouts at the Academy Awards, but not the only ones. There was Billy Porter in a gold-feathered top and an orange silk overflowing skirt; Grammy-winner Billie Eilish wearing an oversized, fuzzy Chanel white suit, sporting a hairdo that was bright green on the top and black at the bottom.
Janelle Monae was among the stunners; she glided down the red carpet in a drop-dead stunning Ralph Lauren silver dress with long sleeves and about 170,000 Swarovski crystals, completed with a hood.
But the carpet wasn't all about the looks; there were plenty of memorable moments, including embraces between the stars, special connections with fans and those perfect red carpet poses.
The Oscars are here, already.
After the shortest awards season in decades, the 92nd annual Academy Awards will get underway Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The red carpet is being rolled out two to three weeks earlier than usual in a bid to freshen up a ceremony and potentially boost ratings.
The truncated time table has put the normally bloated Oscars season on a diet (Sunday's show will also, for the second straight year, be hostless) and sent film academy members scrambling to finish their movie-watching — no small task in a year featuring a few three-hour epics like "The Irishman" and "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."
Fittingly for a fast race, a movie about a mad dash has risen to the top of the heap. After winning nearly every major precursor award, Sam Mendes' "1917," about a pair of British soldiers sent with an urgent message to deliver through recently-held enemy territory, is the favorite for best picture. Thanks to its technical dazzle, the seemingly one-continuous-shot "1917" is also likely to come away with the most awards Sunday, even without any acting nominations.
Although Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern all appear to be all-but-certain locks in the acting categories, there's still the potential for a history-making upset. Momentum has swung behind Bong Joon Ho's South Korean thriller "Parasite," and some believe it has a chance to become the first non-English language film to win best picture.
Such a win would be a watershed moment for the Academy Awards, which has long been content to relegate international films to their own category. But in an effort to diversify its largely white and male membership, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has inducted more overseas members in recent years. And just about no one has a bad word to say about t he widely praised class satire "Parasite," the Palme d'Or winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival and the first foreign language film to win top honors from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The official pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Among the presenters the academy will lean on in the absence of a host are Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton and Kelly Marie Tran.
The ceremony will come just days after the death of Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood's golden age. Kobe Bryant, a 2018 Oscar winner for the short "Dear Basketball," is expected to be included in the ceremony's In Memoriam segment.
ABC and the academy will be hoping a widely watched field of nominees — including the $1 billion-grossing "Joker," up for a leading 11 awards — will help viewership. Last year's show garnered 29.6 million viewers, a 12% uptick.
This year's Oscars comes amid a streaming overhaul throughout Hollywood. Hurrying to catch up to Netflix and Amazon, most of the major studios are prepping or have already launched their own streaming services, as have new entrants like Apple. Netflix comes into the Oscars with a leading 24 nominations thanks to "The Irishman," "Marriage Story," "The Two Popes" and the likely best documentary winner, "American Factory."
But despite spending heavily through awards season, Netflix may go home with only a few awards. The streamer is still seeking its first best picture win after Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" came up just shy last year.
Instead, this year's Oscar favorites are largely movies released widely in theaters. They also predominantly feature male characters and come from male directors.
After a year in which women made significant gains behind the camera, no female directors were nominated for best director. The acting categories are also the least diverse since the fallout of #OscarsSoWhite pushed the academy to remake its membership. Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet") is the only actor of color nominated. Those results, which have been a topic in speeches through awards season, stand in contrast to research that suggests the most popular movies star more people of color than ever before.
Ticket sales slumped about 4% last year despite the Walt Disney Co.'s record $13 billion in worldwide box office. Disney, which acquired 20th Century Fox last spring, accounted for an overwhelming 38% of domestic ticket sales. And yet Disney, aside from owning the network the Oscars are broadcast on, will likely play a minor role at the Academy Awards. The studio may win best animated feature with "Toy Story 4" and possibly best editing for the Fox film "Ford v Ferrari."
And while Democratic candidates are vying for the presidency and votes are still being counted in Iowa, former President Barack Obama may well notch another win. The first film from his and Michelle Obama's production company, "American Factory," is favored to win best documentary.
Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Wild, Wild West," died Saturday. He was 84.
The actor died of heart failure in Malibu, California, family spokesperson Jeff Ballard said. A small private service is planned for March 1, which would have been his 85th birthday.
"He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts," Ballard said.
With his good looks and strong physique, Conrad was a rising young actor when he was chosen for the lead in "Hawaiian Eye." He became an overnight star after the show debuted in 1959.
Conrad played Tom Lopaka, a daring private investigator whose partner was Tracy Steele, played by Anthony Eisley. They operated out of a fancy office overlooking the pool at a popular Waikiki hotel.
The two private eyes alternated on simple investigations with help from the island's colorful characters, including a singer named Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens) and a ukulele-strumming taxi driver named Kazuo (Poncie Ponce).
After five seasons with the show, Conrad went on to embrace the television craze of the time, period Westerns, but with a decidedly different twist.
In "The Wild, Wild West," which debuted in 1965, he was James T. West, a James Bond-like agent who used innovative tactics and futuristic gadgets (futuristic for the 1800s anyway) to battle bizarre villains. He was ably assisted by Ross Martin's Artemus Gordon, a master of disguise.
The show aired until 1970.
The series "Baa Baa Black Sheep" followed in 1976 and was roughly based on an autobiography by Marine Corps ace and Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, who wrote of the raucous fliers he commanded during World War II.
Conrad played Pappy Boyington, so nicknamed because he often rescued his pilots from severe punishment. Bringing his customary intensity to the role, he even learned to fly.
The CBS series was enjoyed by male viewers but not so much by women and it was dropped after its first season. It was revived in December 1977 as "Black Sheep Squadron," after the network's new shows failed to find audiences. It continued on for another season.
Conrad, meanwhile, interspersed his long, successful TV career with numerous roles in films. After a couple of small parts, his TV fame elevated him to stardom, starting in 1966 with "Young Dillinger," in which he played Pretty Boy Floyd. Other films included "Murph the Surf," "The Bandits" (which he also directed), "The Lady in Red" (this time as John Dillinger) and "Wrong Is Right."
At the same time, he found plenty of time for arguments.
Throughout Hollywood, Conrad had a reputation as a tough customer and was sued more than a half-dozen times as a result of fist fights. Playing himself in a 1999 episode of the TV series "Just Shoot Me," he lampooned his threatening, tough-guy persona. He was also featured in 1970s commercials for Eveready Batteries, with a battery on his shoulder, a menacing stare and a popular catchphrase, "I dare you to knock this off."
"I'm only about 5-feet-8 and only weigh 165 pounds as of this morning, so I'm not the world's meanest guy," he told an interviewer in 2008.
"If you treat me nicely, I'll treat you nicer," he added. "If you're rude to me, put your headgear on. Here it comes."
His daughter Nancy Conrad, who appeared in some of his pictures, explained it this way: "Dad is a hard worker. If people drag their feet, he gets impatient. He starts ranting and raving. It takes a while to patiently take him aside and show him why things might not be going well."
He frequently employed his offspring in his movies and TV shows.
An example was the 1988 television series "High Mountain Rangers," which Conrad had proposed, bankrolled with his own money and directed. He hired sons Shane and Christian as co-stars, daughter Joan as producer and daughter Nancy as caterer. His first wife handled financial matters.
The show, about a group of law enforcement officers, was filmed in the High Sierra mountain range near Lake Tahoe.
Conrad's later film credits included 1996's "Jingle All The Way" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2002's "Dead Above Ground."
He was born Konrad Robert Falkowski in Chicago on March 1, 1935. His great-grandfather had emigrated from Germany, and his grandfather founded several meat shops in Chicago called Hartman's.
Conrad moved from one school to another, and at 15 he left his parents' house for a place known only to his girlfriend and his great-grandmother who sometimes fed him.
A football player in school, Conrad's first job was loading trucks. Then at 18 he was hired to drive milk wagons.
He tried boxing and nightclub singing for a time before drifting into acting and eventually moving to Hollywood, where he found work as a stuntman.
In lieu of flowers, Conrad's family is requesting donations to the Wounded Warrior Project and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Conrad is survived by eight children and 18 grandchildren.
Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey headlined Brooklyn's Barclays Center like an A-list duo Saturday, getting a rock-star like applause from a feverish audience of fans on a stage typically reserved for pop, rap and basketball stars.
It was the fifth tour stop of "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus," Winfrey's full-day wellness event with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) that had the New York venue usually holding concerts at night buzzing with bright-eyed attendees lined up as early as 8 a.m.
It marked Obama's return to Barclays just 14 months after appearing at the arena for her own sold-out tour to promote "Becoming," which has sold more than 11.5 million units worldwide and won a Grammy Award last month.
"Does this feel like déjà vu for you?" Winfrey asked. "Because you were here wearing those bad, Balenciaga gold boots!"
"Barack is like, 'Where are those boots?'" Obama said. "I was like, 'They're put away, honey. Just settle down.'"
The former U.S. president was one of the main topics discussed during the wide-ranging, hourlong conversation which, at times, had the former first lady coming off like a comedian headlining a sold-out show.
"All of the people in this room paid money to come out, to give up a Saturday...," Winfrey said before Obama chimed in with: "And as I said — ain't nobody twerking onstage."
The audience erupted in laughter.
Obama cracked more jokes when she told Winfrey that she and her husband were now empty nesters since their 18-year-old daughter, Sasha, began college last fall (Malia, 21, is a junior).
"We tried to hold it together, to get (Sasha) in the car so she wouldn't start crying, and then me and Barack, we balled like little babies. Barack gets that ugly, loud cry," Obama said, imitating his cry and earning laughs from the crowd.
"He did that at Malia's graduation," she added. "We're sitting there, and he had his glasses on and speeches are happening and we're all chatting, and we hear," she said, imitating his cry again while laughing herself.
"And I'm looking at him like, 'Are you OK?'" she recalled. "He's going to kill me."
When Winfrey asked if the energy in their home was different now that the kids are gone, Obama exclaimed: "It is so good, y'all."
"OK, you guys, get out of the gutter!" Obama added.
"Parenting takes up a lot of emotional space. And my husband was busy being president," she said as the audience cheered loudly.
"Don't we wish. Don't we wish," Winfrey said.
"Just vote y'all, that's all I'm saying," Obama continued. "Just vote."
The conversation turned slightly political, again, when Winfrey asked Obama what the next chapter of her life would entail.
"President," some audience members yelled. Others screamed, "White House!"
Obama, 56, said she didn't want to get political during the chat but that she wants to spend her career empowering young people, calling them the "next generation of leaders."
"To help them understand a broader sense of values that they can operate within because I do think that we are short on that right now, that are leaders are not paving a good path for what we want our kids to be," she said. "I'm sorry to say that. I don't want to make this political in any way."
She also opened up about her marriage, saying that going to therapy taught her that she is responsible for her own happiness.
"I didn't marry Barack for him to make me happy," she said.
"We're coming back to the point where we see each other again because some of the hardest times in our lives we just escaped it, we survived it," she added. "And we went through a tough time. We did some hard things together and now we're out on the other end and I can look at him and I still recognize my husband. He's still the man that I fell in love with."
This year the couple is celebrating 28 years of marriage.
Winfrey's event featured the mogul discussing her own wellness journey, a dance exercise from choreographer Julianne Hough, a pre-show dance party and a performance from Grammy-winning gospel singer and WW Ambassador Tamela Mann. Winfrey also honored Tara Deckert, a lieutenant in the New York Police Department, as well as her colleagues and city employees for their wellness transformation as part of the WW-WorkWell NYC partnership. One person onstage said she lost 140 pounds.
Celebrity guests in the crowd included Lupita Nyong'o, Niecy Nash, Hoda Kotb, Nate Berkus, Merle Dandridge and Winfrey's BFF Gayle King, who faced backlash this week for asking WNBA star Lisa Leslie about a sexual assault charge against the late Kobe Bryant.
Winfrey, who said in an interview Friday that King is facing death threats, sort of referenced the drama when she told the audience Saturday, "I had no peace this week."
But Winfrey put the main focus on Obama and encouraged the audience to make 2020 their year of transformation and triumph.
When the topic turned to health and Winfrey asked Obama what she appreciates about her body, she said: "It's mine. All mine. It's a healthy body that works every day and I try not to judge it."
"As a child growing up with a father with a disability who could not walk; my father would have given anything to have any one of my legs, for me to judge that and not to just embrace it and be happy that I am alive, moving, able to move, I have to tell myself: 'Appreciate what God gave you and take care of that, and be balanced about it,'" she added.
The women also discussed aging and how some people go to great lengths to try to look younger.
"And then you have all of these frozen faces," Winfrey said.
"When you're in the photo line and everybody looks the same and you're like, 'Didn't I just meet you?'" Obama said, laughing. "Y'all just have the same lips."
"And the same forehead," Winfrey replied.
"Stop it. Let it go," Obama said.
"That's pretty funny," Winfrey said, laughing in her seat. "I just met you. No I didn't."