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Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood's A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown's top fashion parade.Beyond the icy color palette, another trend for the ladies was lots of pearls and beads. Many of the gowns seen on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre were embellished to the max.Luckily, organizers set up a canopy to protect the stars from the drizzle.Julianne Moore, the favorite in the best actress category for playing a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease in "Still Alice," wore a custom beaded white strapless Chanel gown with black accents, her red hair swept back in a bun."Karl Lagerfeld made this for me!" she exclaimed.France's Marion Cotillard, a previous Oscar winner and nominated again Sunday in the best actress category, also chose white -- a sleeveless Dior polka dot gown with a geisha-style bustle."I dreamed of ...

J.K. Simmons bullies his way to Oscars gold HOLLYWOOD: J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for playing a bullying jazz teacher in "Whiplash," which powerfully explores the limits of sadism and abuse.He bested rivals Robert Duvall ("The Judge"), Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood"), Edward Norton ("Birdman") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). Simmons, who has been the odds-on favorite in the category after sweeping up trophies throughout Hollywood's awards season, gave a warm speech thanking his wife, children and parents."If you are lucky ...

Host Neil Patrick Harris launches 2015 Oscars show HOLLYWOOD: The 87th Academy Awards got underway on Sunday with host Neil Patrick Harris launching the show, after Hollywood's brightest walked up a rain-soaked Oscars red carpet.Dark comedy "Birdman" and coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" are widely expected to duel it out for the top prize of the night, best picture, to be awarded at the climax of the more than three-hour show.Harris, hosting his first Oscars, kicked off the proceedings on an edgy note, saying it ...

'Birdman' and 'Boyhood' battle for Oscars glory HOLLYWOOD: Dark comedy "Birdman" and coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" headed into battle Sunday for the prestigious top prize at the Oscars, Hollywood's biggest night, as the main event got under way.Host Neil Patrick Harris launched the more than three-hour show with a song and dance routine about the movie industry itself -- including a joke about the lack of any non-white actors in the four acting categories."Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest ... sorry, brightest," ...

'Ida': haunting look at war, trauma and identity WARSAW: which won the best foreign language film Oscar on Sunday -- is a haunting and controversial drama that lays bare the difficult legacy of the Nazi occupation of Poland and post-war Stalinist rule.The black-and-white film shot with uncompromising honesty by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski has sparked criticism at home, while earning awards abroad, including a BAFTA."We made a film about ... the need for silence and withdrawal from the world and contemplation, and here ...

Swag bags worth $168,000 make every Oscar loser a winner HOLLYWOOD: Twenty Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses will go home Sunday without a coveted statuette -- but they won't be entirely empty-handed.For them, there will be swag bags worth $168,000 each, put together by a Los Angeles niche marketing outfit called Distinctive Assets."This year's bag is the most valuable collection of swag ever assembled at an Oscars gifting suite," said Vanity Fair magazine on its website.The contents range in value from $5 to $20,000, including ...

Disney's 'Big Hero 6' delights with new kind of Marvel star HOLLYWOOD: The huge cuddly white robot in "Big Hero 6" -- which hardly could be less like a typical Marvel superhero -- stole viewers' hearts and took home the best animated feature Oscar Sunday.The movie is Disney's first based on Marvel comic book characters since it bought Marvel Entertainment Inc. in 2009.Set in fictional San Fransokyo, the Japanese-themed film tells the story of young Hiro Hamada, a robot-obsessed nerd who is devastated when his older ...


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