News / Arts & Entertainment

    Hollywood Arrives for Oscars in Gowns and Shorts

    • Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    • Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Charlize Theron arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    • Portia de Rossi arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Olivia Wilde (left) and Jason Sudeikis arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Oscar®-nominee Amy Adams arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen Lasichanh arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    • Sheherezade Goldsmith and Oscar®-nominated director, Alfonso Cuaron arrive for The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Oscar®-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and guest arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Laura Dern, Oscar®-nominated actor, Bruce Dern, and Andrea Beckett arrive for The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS) .
    • Jane Squibb arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Julius Tennon (left) and Viola Davis arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Red Carpet atmosphere images of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    • Oscar®-nominees Selma Vilhunen (L) and Kirsikka Saari (2nd from L) and guests arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS).
    • A view of the red carpet for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo courtesy AMPAS)
    Reuters
    Bedecked in gowns, tuxedos and even shorts, the world's top actors and actresses strode down the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday with all eyes on the cliffhanger best picture race between frontrunners 12 Years a Slave and Gravity.

    As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before the first movie stars exited their limos in a mix of outfits as diverse as the films competing for the Oscars, Hollywood's top honors.

    Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen Lasichanh arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen Lasichanh arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    x
    Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen Lasichanh arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    Pharrell Williams, left, and Helen Lasichanh arrive at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
    Amy Adams, best actress nominee for her role as a con woman in American Hustle, graced the red carpet in a strapless navy gown. British best actor nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays the slave Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, showed up in the classic tuxedo, while singer Pharrell Williams wore a Lanvin tux with shorts rather than trousers.

    Another best actor nominee, 77-year-old Bruce Dern, star of Nebraska, came on the arm of his daughter, Laura Dern, dressed in a pastel pink gown, who said  "I'm very moved to get to celebrate him and be here.''

    The 86th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian and day-time talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who producers are banking on to deliver an entertaining yet tasteful three-hour show after critics widely panned last year's ceremony and host Seth MacFarlane's provocative humor.

    One of the features of the night will be a tribute to The Wizard of Oz for its 75th anniversary and star Judy Garland's children, including singer and actress Liza Minnelli in a blue pant suit, were in attendance.

    Sunday was the culmination of an unusually long awards season, extended by the Winter Olympics, and for many of the nominees it spelled the end to months of campaigning and years of work on a film.

    One of the most notable names on the awards season fashion radar this year, best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong'o, wore a blue custom-made Prada.

     "It's a blue that reminds me of Nairobi and I wanted to have a little bit of home,'' said the Kenyan actress who plays the hardworking slave, Patsey, in 12 Years a Slave.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could make history this year if it chooses 12 Years a Slave for best picture. It would be the first time that the top film honor goes to a movie by a black director in the 86 years of the Oscars.

    While British director Steve McQueen's brutal slavery drama is the presumed frontrunner for best picture, the groundbreaking Gravity with its technical achievements lurks just behind.

    Apart from the best picture race, it may be a night of predictable outcomes, from Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's likely win of the best director statuette to the virtual shoo-in of Frozen for best animated film. The four acting races might also be foregone conclusions.

    Scattered awards

    This year's Oscars celebrate what is widely regarded as one of the most high quality years in film and performances in recent memory. That means that awards are likely to be scattered widely as the 6,000-plus members of the Academy seek to reward as many films as possible with the famed golden statuettes.

    Among the other best picture contenders is 1970s crime caper American Hustle from director David O. Russell, which scored 10 nominations. For the second year in a row, Russell has achieved the rare feat of having his actors nominated in all four acting categories. Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, a tale of financial greed and excess, has also been a hit with audiences and critics.

    A total of nine films are competing for best picture, including Somali piracy thriller Captain Phillips, the adoption drama Philomena, the heartland comedy Nebraska, the computer-age romance Her, and the AIDS activist biopic Dallas Buyers Club.

    The acting categories may yield few surprises on Sunday. Cate Blanchett is heavily favored to win her first best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the disgraced socialite in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

    Matthew McConaughey is also a solid bet for best actor for his role as the unlikely AIDS activist in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he lost some 50 pounds (23 kg) while co-star Jared Leto is tipped for best supporting actor.

    Of the four races, the best supporting actress race might be the most compelling. Newcomer Nyong'o is favored but she faces a serious challenge from Jennifer Lawrence as the loopy housewife in American Hustle.

    Among the presenters will be Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as well as Sidney Poitier on the 50th anniversary of his best actor win for Lilies of the Field, the first Oscar in that category for an African American.

    The show will be broadcast live in the United States on ABC television starting at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST (0130 GMT) and to 225 countries around the world.

    You May Like

    Candidates' Comments Fly Like New Hampshire Snowflakes

    Four days ahead of the country's first-in-the-nation Republican and Democratic party primary elections, surveys show the parties' contests tightening

    South Korea Says North Korea Moving Closer to Rocket Launch

    In phone call, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agree that Pyongyang's move would be 'provocative'

    Australian Commander: IS Changing Tactics

    Head of Australian forces in Middle East talks with VOA about training Iraqi troops, countering evolving Islamic State efforts and defeating extremism

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.

    New in Music Alley

    Beyond Category: Arturo Sandovali
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    February 02, 2016 3:53 PM
    Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz. The multi-Grammy winner takes the Blues Alley stage to perform, and sits down with Beyond Category host Eric Felten to talk about his life in music.

    Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz. The multi-Grammy winner takes the Blues Alley stage to perform, and sits down with Beyond Category host Eric Felten to talk about his life in music.