Oscars 2021: Best Actress nominees Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan lead British red carpet arrivals

Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet at the Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday evening.

The Pieces of a Woman actress, 33, who is nominated in the Best Actress category, looked nothing short of sensational in a form-fitting blush gown, which boasted a dramatic train and sweetheart neckline.

Meanwhile, fellow Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan, 35, put on a showstopping display in a stunning gold sequin gown, which featured a skin-baring cut out section across her midriff.

Glamorous arrivals: Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday evening

Glamorous arrivals: Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday evening

Glamorous arrivals: Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday evening

Glamorous arrivals: Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday evening

Glamorous arrivals: Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan led the British arrivals at the 93rd annual Academy Awards as they put on a glamorous display on the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday evening 

Vanessa accessorised her backless floor-length gown with a diamond necklace and wore her platinum locks swept back into a sleek bun, while opting for a dramatic make-up look with a deep red lip. 

Carey is nominated in the Best Actress category for her role as the embattled Cassandra in gripping thriller Promising Young Woman. 

The corset of the gown hugged Carey’s svelte frame before fanning out into a dramatic skirt which followed her along the carpet, which was pink this year.

The Great Gatsby actress’ gown was completely adorned in sequins and teamed with a pair of dazzling diamond earrings for added sparkle.

Keeping the attention on her dress, she opted for soft touches of make-up and wore her blonde hair swept back into a chic up do.

Angles: Carey and Vanessa both showcased their eye-catching gowns from the back

Angles: Carey and Vanessa both showcased their eye-catching gowns from the back

Angles: Carey and Vanessa both showcased their eye-catching gowns from the back

Angles: Carey and Vanessa both showcased their eye-catching gowns from the back

Angles: Carey and Vanessa both showcased their eye-catching gowns from the back

Flawless: Carey attended with her husband Marcus Mumford

Flawless: Carey attended with her husband Marcus Mumford

Dazzling: The corset of the gown hugged Carey's svelte frame before fanning out into a dramatic skirt which followed her along the carpet, which was pink this year

Dazzling: The corset of the gown hugged Carey's svelte frame before fanning out into a dramatic skirt which followed her along the carpet, which was pink this year

Flawless: Carey attended with her husband Marcus Mumford

Carey, who has already scooped this years Best Actress BAFTA for her role, posed for snaps at the prestigious event with Marcus.

Marcus, 34, looked seriously dapper in a black tuxedo and white shirt, which she teamed with a classic black bow tie and white satin pocket square.

Elsewhere at the event, Promising Young Woman director, Emerald Fennell debuted her baby bump as she walked the red carpet. 

The actress and producer, 35, looked radiant in a green and pink billowing Gucci gown as she attended the socially-distanced ceremony amid her Best Director nomination.

Emerald took the opportunity to reveal she is expecting her second child with partner Chris Vernon, which comes after she directed her acclaimed film while she was seven months pregnant with her first child, and gave birth just weeks after production wrapped in 2019.

Say cheese! Carey was a natural in front of the cameras

Say cheese! Carey was a natural in front of the cameras

Sleek: Keeping the attention on her dress, she opted for soft touches of make-up and wore her blonde hair swept back into a chic up do

Sleek: Keeping the attention on her dress, she opted for soft touches of make-up and wore her blonde hair swept back into a chic up do

Sleek: Keeping the attention on her dress, she opted for soft touches of make-up and wore her blonde hair swept back into a chic up do

Behind the scenes: Before the event Carey had her hair and make-up professionally done

Behind the scenes: Before the event Carey had her hair and make-up professionally done

Behind the scenes: Before the event Carey had her hair and make-up professionally done

Behind the scenes: Before the event Carey had her hair and make-up professionally done

Behind the scenes: Before the event Carey had her hair and make-up professionally done








Support: Carey and Marcus wrapped their arms around each other during the photo session

Support: Carey and Marcus wrapped their arms around each other during the photo session

Support: Carey and Marcus wrapped their arms around each other during the photo session

Looking good! Marcus, 34, looked seriously dapper in a black tuxedo and white shirt, which she teamed with a classic black bow tie and white satin pocket square

Looking good! Marcus, 34, looked seriously dapper in a black tuxedo and white shirt, which she teamed with a classic black bow tie and white satin pocket square

Couple: Carey, who has already scooped this years Best Actress BAFTA for her role, attended the prestigious event with her singer husband Marcus Mumford (pictured)

Couple: Carey, who has already scooped this years Best Actress BAFTA for her role, attended the prestigious event with her singer husband Marcus Mumford (pictured)

Looking good! Marcus, 34, looked seriously dapper in a black tuxedo and white shirt, which she teamed with a classic black bow tie and white satin pocket square

The Crown star looked the picture of elegance in the summery, ruffled number as she gently cradled her bump while posing for snaps.  

Allowing her flowing gown to do the talking, Emerald swept her blonde locks into a simple sleek style, while she highlighted her features with a sweep of dewy make-up including bold purple eyeshadow.

The mum-to-be accessorised her look with silver earrings and a selection of silver and gold rings.  

Jewels: Vanessa accessorised her floor-length gown with a dazzling diamond necklace

Jewels: Vanessa accessorised her floor-length gown with a dazzling diamond necklace

Jewels: Vanessa accessorised her floor-length gown with a dazzling diamond necklace

Jewels: Vanessa accessorised her floor-length gown with a dazzling diamond necklace

Jewels: Vanessa accessorised her floor-length gown with a dazzling diamond necklace

Expecting: Emerald Fennell debuted her baby bump as she walked the red carpet for the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday

Expecting: Emerald Fennell debuted her baby bump as she walked the red carpet for the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday

Expecting: Emerald Fennell debuted her baby bump as she walked the red carpet for the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday








Baby joy: Emerald is expecting her second child with partner Chris Vernon, which comes after she directed her acclaimed film while she was seven months pregnant with her first child, and give birth just weeks after production wrapped in 2019

Baby joy: Emerald is expecting her second child with partner Chris Vernon, which comes after she directed her acclaimed film while she was seven months pregnant with her first child, and give birth just weeks after production wrapped in 2019

Details: The mum-to-be accessorised her look with silver earrings and a selection of silver and gold rings

Details: The mum-to-be accessorised her look with silver earrings and a selection of silver and gold rings

Baby joy: Emerald is expecting her second child with partner Chris Vernon, which comes after she directed her acclaimed film while she was seven months pregnant with her first child, and give birth just weeks after production wrapped in 2019

Also in attendance was Celeste, who showed off her unique sense of style in a dramatic gown as she arrived at the Oscars.

The British singer-songwriter, 26, caught the eye in the full-length black dress as she posed for the cameras.

The star wowed in the demure number which featured statement peplum sleeves and a red beaded top half pinned together by a light blue jewel.

Lady in red! Olivia Colman attended the event from the London hub due to Covid restrictions

Lady in red! Olivia Colman attended the event from the London hub due to Covid restrictions

Lady in red! Olivia Colman attended the event from the London hub due to Covid restrictions

Lady in red! Olivia Colman attended the event from the London hub due to Covid restrictions

Lady in red! Olivia Colman attended the event from the London hub due to Covid restrictions

Beaming: Olivia stunned in a high-neck red dress which was belted around her midriff

Beaming: Olivia stunned in a high-neck red dress which was belted around her midriff

Beaming: Olivia stunned in a high-neck red dress which was belted around her midriff

Radiant: The British singer-songwriter, 26, caught the eye in the full-length black dress as she posed for the cameras at the highly anticipated 93rd annual Academy Awards in LA

Radiant: The British singer-songwriter, 26, caught the eye in the full-length black dress as she posed for the cameras at the highly anticipated 93rd annual Academy Awards in LA

Style: The beauty wore her dark hair curled and opted for a slick of glamorous red lip as she worked her best angles

Style: The beauty wore her dark hair curled and opted for a slick of glamorous red lip as she worked her best angles

Radiant: The British singer-songwriter, 26, caught the eye in the full-length black dress as she posed for the cameras at the highly anticipated 93rd annual Academy Awards in LA

Glowing: Celeste opted for a radiant makeup look and wore her hair in curls for the red carpet appearance

Glowing: Celeste opted for a radiant makeup look and wore her hair in curls for the red carpet appearance

Glowing: Celeste opted for a radiant makeup look and wore her hair in curls for the red carpet appearance 

She accessorised with a statement bag made to look like a heart which was covered in sequins. The beauty wore her dark hair curled and opted for a slick of glamorous red lip as she worked her best angles. 

Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels.

Earlier in the evening ahead of the main event, Celeste took to the stage to perform for Oscars: Into The Spotlight – a free live stream airing on ABC before the show featuring Oscar songs performed by a number of artists.

The singer led the way, with Celeste pulling out all the stops in an elaborate black sequinned gown featuring ruffled pink cuffs. 

The beauty was sure to turn heads at the as yet unopened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, as she donned the dramatic full-length black number which had an overlay of silver sequins in a floral pattern.

Handsome: Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels

Handsome: Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels

Handsome: Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels

Handsome: Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels

Handsome: Best actor nominee Riz Ahmed, 38, looked dapper as he arrived at the ceremony with his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza, who stunned in a turquoise blue gown and red heels

Celeste rounded off her show-stopping look with her signature afro hair styled to perfection, while she added a glamorous palette of make-up featuring a coral lip. 

The chart-topper looked full of confidence as she belted out her track Hear My Voice from the Best Picture nominated film, The Trial Of The Chicago 7.  

Celeste was in good company at the gig, with fellow singer H.E.R also taking to the stage to perform Fight For You, from the film Judas and the Black Messiah – which is also up for best picture. 

The singer sparkled in a green glittery trouser suit and towering black heels, with the completing her look with rounded shades and cascading curled locks.

All smiles! Gary, who was sporting a bow tie and and patterned pocket square, smiled for the camera

All smiles! Gary, who was sporting a bow tie and and patterned pocket square, smiled for the camera

All smiles! Gary, who was sporting a bow tie and and patterned pocket square, smiled for the camera

Other performers entertaining on the Into The Spotlight stream include Leslie Odom Jr, who sang Speak Now from the film One Night In Miami, with track nominated for Best Original Song. 

 The 93rd Academy Awards marks the first time Tinseltown’s finest have assembled in over a year, for a three-hour show that co-producer Steven Soderbergh has described as being ‘like a movie.’ 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting the delayed ceremony at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles, California where socially distanced movie stars can go mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room.

Built in 1939, the national historic landmark and its main terminal is 161,000 square feet, creating plenty of room for theatrics on Hollywood’s biggest night. 

Support: British star Sacha Baron Cohen attended the ceremony with his wife Isla Fisher

Support: British star Sacha Baron Cohen attended the ceremony with his wife Isla Fisher

Support: British star Sacha Baron Cohen attended the ceremony with his wife Isla Fisher

Ha! Sacha and Isla put on a playful display as she lint rolled his clothing back stage

Ha! Sacha and Isla put on a playful display as she lint rolled his clothing back stage

Ha! Sacha and Isla put on a playful display as she lint rolled his clothing back stage

Ha! Sacha and Isla put on a playful display as she lint rolled his clothing back stage

Ha! Sacha and Isla put on a playful display as she lint rolled his clothing back stage

During normal times, when COVID restrictions haven’t crimped travel, more than 100,000 people a day walk through its halls.  

Like all other attendees, Emerald cut a solo figure on the pink carpet as no plus ones are permitted due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Comparatively the Dolby Theatre, where the glitzy event is usually held, can only seat around 3,300 people which would have created difficulties in putting on an award show amid the pandemic.

But in the spacious station, believed to be large enough to accommodate social distancing requirements with its soaring main hall featuring windows that are 40-feet high, stars have more room to mingle and maneuver.

Party ready! This year Elton John is holding his annual Oscars viewing party which benefits his AIDs Foundation virtually

Party ready! This year Elton John is holding his annual Oscars viewing party which benefits his AIDs Foundation virtually

Dapper! Ahead of the event both Elton and his husband David Furnish (pictured) shared snaps as they got ready

Dapper! Ahead of the event both Elton and his husband David Furnish (pictured) shared snaps as they got ready

Party ready! This year Elton John is holding his annual Oscars viewing party which benefits his AIDs  Foundation virtually

Sticking to a ‘No Zoom’ policy unlike other shows that have taken place this awards season, Academy organizers have teased a ‘British hub’ for UK actors who are unable to make it in person, as well as another rumored ‘surprise location.’

During a year that saw movie theatres closed due to the pandemic, there were eight new films that did manage to impress Academy voters enough to be in contention for Hollywood’s biggest award, the Oscar for Best Picture (last year there were nine nominees in the category.)

While blockbusters may be absent this year, there have been a wide range of movies that have caught the attention of Academy voters, including the lavish Mank, Netflix’s ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

Another strong contender is Minari, an indie drama about Korean immigrants scraping out a living off the land in rural America, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun.








The eight films in the top category this year are The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

It is the first time that two female directors have ever been nominated in the Best Director category, with Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) both receiving nods. Only five women have ever been nominated in the category before.

An official spokesperson called this year’s event ‘an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.’

The Academy and ABC will certainly be hoping that their ambitious plans will drum up more excitement than they have elsewhere during a dismal award seasons, after the virtual Golden Globes plunged to 6.9 million viewers this year – a 64 percent drop from 2020.

93RD ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari  

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Shaka King and Will Berson – Judas and the Black Messiah

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder – Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 

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