Oscars 2019: British stars stun on the Academy Awards red carpet

Hollywood’s biggest night in film was overrun with British talent on Sunday night as the 91st Annual Academy Awards kicked off in Los Angeles.

And with a weight of expectation on her shoulders, Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel Weisz stole the spotlight in shocking red. 

Also brightening up the night from Blighty were beauties Gemma Chan, Helen Mirren and Emilia Clarke who showcased their very different Oscars looks.

Here she comes! Helen Mirren exuded confidence in a colourful fuchsia gown that she kicked up with delight

Here she comes! Helen Mirren exuded confidence in a colourful fuchsia gown that she kicked up with delight

Here she comes! Helen Mirren exuded confidence in a colourful fuchsia gown that she kicked up with delight

Not only was Game Of Thrones actress Emilia shimmering in a lilac gown that hugged her petite proportions, but the actress was debuting a total hair makeover.

Formerly an icey blonde, Emilia went back to her roots on Sunday night with a sleek brunette bob that suited her down to the ground.

With just two months to go until Game Of Thrones enters its a long-awaited final series, the 32-year-old ushered in a new post-Khaleesi era with a hair do that was worlds away from her icy blonde alter-ego.

Her dress, with a petite train and skintight design, was quite the contrast to Emilia’s voluminous pink dress that stretched behind her down the red carpet.  

Showing her shape: The Game Of Thrones actress showcased a new brunette bob

Showing her shape: The Game Of Thrones actress showcased a new brunette bob

Stunning: Emilia Clarke attended the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Sunday night, looking lovely in lilac

Owning it: Much like her Crazy Rich Asians character, Gemma was the ultimate fashion darling 

Owning it: Much like her Crazy Rich Asians character, Gemma was the ultimate fashion darling 

Owning it: Much like her Crazy Rich Asians character, Gemma was the ultimate fashion darling 

Looking good: The petite starlet had the red carpet to herself as one of the early arrivals

Looking good: The petite starlet had the red carpet to herself as one of the early arrivals

Looking good: The petite starlet had the red carpet to herself as one of the early arrivals

Looking like the ultimate fashion darling with her hands in her pockets, Gemma gave a subtle nod to her highly-stylish Crazy Rich Asians character Astrid. 

While Crazy Rich Asians is not nominated for any Oscars, there’s expected to be big success for British stars at this year’s Oscars.

Former Peep Show actress Olivia Colman is tipped for glory in the category of Best Actress, for The Favourite.

So far, she has collected the BAFTA and Golden Globe award for the biographical drama, in which she plays Queen Anne.

Her English co-star Rachel Weisz is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

Meanwhile, the movie itself is nominated for a further eight awards, including major categories: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. 

Style notes: British beauty Gemma wore her hands in the pockets of her exquisite wide gown

Style notes: British beauty Gemma wore her hands in the pockets of her exquisite wide gown

Style notes: British beauty Gemma wore her hands in the pockets of her exquisite wide gown

The fuchsia is bright! Gemma wore a tulip-style fuchsia gown

The fuchsia is bright! Gemma wore a tulip-style fuchsia gown

Small smile: She shot a rare smile over one shoulder

Small smile: She shot a rare smile over one shoulder

The fuchsia is bright! Gemma wore a tulip-style fuchsia gown which followed her down the red carpet

Exquisite: Gemma certainly didn't want to be missed during her special moment on the red carpet

Exquisite: Gemma certainly didn't want to be missed during her special moment on the red carpet

Exquisite: Gemma certainly didn’t want to be missed during her special moment on the red carpet

British actor Nicholas Hoult turned out for the event, where the male actors of rival Best Picture, Bohemian Rhapsody, were also having a red carpet moment.

British actors Gwilym Lee and Allen Leech joined former Jurassic Park actor Joseph Mazzello for a red carpet line-up, looking suave in dark suits.

Though it was the appearance of one-time EastEnders actor Ben Hardy, formerly best known for playing Pete Beale, that caused the greatest stir. 

No-one was more gleeful about their Oscars moment than Richard E. Grant, who wore a gleeful expression with daughter Olivia on his arm for the event.

Richard is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and truly seemed to have peaked as he waved at the crowds on his first-ever Academy Awards red carpet at the age of 61.

Lads: The Favourite stars Nicholas Hoult, left, and Joe Alwyn, right, posed together, hoping for success with the film

Lads: The Favourite stars Nicholas Hoult, left, and Joe Alwyn, right, posed together, hoping for success with the film

Lads: The Favourite stars Nicholas Hoult, left, and Joe Alwyn, right, posed together, hoping for success with the film

All white on the night: Producer Trudie Styler was there to celebrate the nomination of her Best Live Action Short Film, Skin

All white on the night: Producer Trudie Styler was there to celebrate the nomination of her Best Live Action Short Film, Skin

Glowing: She wore a long white dress with sparkle detail on the chest

Glowing: She wore a long white dress with sparkle detail on the chest

All white on the night: Producer Trudie Styler was there to celebrate the nomination of her Best Live Action Short Film, Skinght: Producer Trudi

For the win: The stars of Best Live Action Short Film nominee Skin including actress Jaime Ray Newman were joined by Trudie and director Guy Nattiv

For the win: The stars of Best Live Action Short Film nominee Skin including actress Jaime Ray Newman were joined by Trudie and director Guy Nattiv

For the win: The stars of Best Live Action Short Film nominee Skin including actress Jaime Ray Newman were joined by Trudie and director Guy Nattiv

Coupled up: Downton Abbey star Alan Leech was slick in a velvet suit jacket with a bow tie

Coupled up: Downton Abbey star Alan Leech was slick in a velvet suit jacket with a bow tie

Slick: James McAvoy looked traditional in a black suit and tie

Slick: James McAvoy looked traditional in a black suit and tie

Coupled up: Downton Abbey star Alan Leech (left) was slick in a velvet suit jacket with a bow tie, while James McAvoy (right) looked traditional in a black suit and tie

For the crowd: British actor Chris O'Dowd waved to the crowds on the red carpet

For the crowd: British actor Chris O'Dowd waved to the crowds on the red carpet

For the crowd: British actor Chris O’Dowd waved to the crowds on the red carpet

Red carpet line-up: Bohemian Rhapsody stars (left) Gwilym Lee, Allen Leech, Joseph Mazzello, and Ben Hardy co-ordinated in black and white looks

Red carpet line-up: Bohemian Rhapsody stars (left) Gwilym Lee, Allen Leech, Joseph Mazzello, and Ben Hardy co-ordinated in black and white looks

Red carpet line-up: Bohemian Rhapsody stars (left) Gwilym Lee, Allen Leech, Joseph Mazzello, and Ben Hardy co-ordinated in black and white looks

Trudie Styler joined guests at the red carpet ceremony on Sunday, representing the short film Skin that she produced.

Sting’s glamorous wife joined director Guy Nattiv along with stars of the drama, which has been nominated in the category of Best Live Action Short Film.

New look: The glamorous British actress drew attention to her tiny waist in a strapless gown

New look: The glamorous British actress drew attention to her tiny waist in a strapless gown

New look: The glamorous British actress drew attention to her tiny waist in a strapless gown

Something new! Emilia has changed up her look since short and blonde

Something new! Emilia has changed up her look since short and blonde

Blonde bombshell: Emilia has gone for a drastic cut after the finale of Game Of Thrones

Blonde bombshell: Emilia has gone for a drastic cut after the finale of Game Of Thrones

Something new! Emilia has changed up her look since short and blonde (right)

Giddy: She couldn't hide her delighted smile as she posed on the red carpet

Giddy: She couldn't hide her delighted smile as she posed on the red carpet

Giddy: She couldn’t hide her delighted smile as she posed on the red carpet

NOMINEES FOR THE 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS

BEST PICTURE 

Roma

A Star Is Born

BlacKkKlansman

Green Book

Vice

Black Panther 

The Favourite 

Bohemian Rhapsody  

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale (Vice)

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

BEST ACTRESS

Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Glenn Close (The Wife)

Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)  

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)

Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Amy Adams (Vice)

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Emma Stone (The Favourite) 

Marina de Tavira (Roma) 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) 

Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Adam McKay (Vice)

DOCUMENTARY

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening 

Minding the Gap 

Of Fathers and Sons

RBG

COSTUME DESIGN

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

FILM EDITING

BlacKkklansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green BooK

Vice

ORIGINAL SCORE 

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns 

SOUND EDITING

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place

Roma 

 SOUND MIXING 

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Roma

A Star Is Born

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

Black Panther

First Man

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

Animal Behavior

Bao

Late Afternoon

One Small Step

Weekends 

ANIMATED SHORT

Animal Behaviour

Bao

Late Afternoon

One Small Step

Weekends

ANIMATED FEATURE 

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

BlacKkKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born  

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book

Roma

Vice 

MAKEUP AND HAIR

Border

Mary Queen of Scots

Vice

VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

 ORIGINAL SONG

All The Stars (Black Panther)

I’ll Fight (RBG)

The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns)

Shallow (A Star Is Born)

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

CINEMATOGRAPHY  

Cold War

The Favourite

Never Look Away

Roma

A Star Is Born

The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have made some major changes for this year’s Oscars ceremony.  

These range from skipping a host – after Kevin Hart stepped down – to recruiting  ‘highly recognized talent from various walks of life’ to present the eight nominees for Best Picture, a role usually reserved for actors.

Those talents include anti-Trump chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, Daily Show host Trevor Noah and civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis and the woman who many consider to be the greatest athlete of all time, Serena Williams

It is not clear which of the nominated films will be presented by these new presenters, who also include: Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Tom Morello, and  Amandla Stenberg.

The final three presenters, Barbra Streisand, Diego Luna  and Mike Meyers, will almost certainly be introducing the to films with which they have close ties: A Star is Born, Roma and Bohemian Rhapsody.  

Shimmering: Her dress featured ruching at the waist to draw attention to her middle

Shimmering: Her dress featured ruching at the waist to draw attention to her middle

Shimmering: Her dress featured ruching at the waist to draw attention to her middle

In the spotlight: It will be a night that puts the spotlight back on the stars

In the spotlight: It will be a night that puts the spotlight back on the stars

In the spotlight: It will be a night that puts the spotlight back on the stars

 

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