Shimmering beads and jewels in pale hues and dresses in bold tones brightened an unusually dreary rainy afternoon in Hollywood on Sunday as the film industry’s stars hit the glamorous Oscars red carpet. Actresses Julianne Moore in shimmering Chanel, Felicity Jones and Emma Stone donned dresses with sparkle and shine as they arrived for the biggest night for the movie business.
London designers pin hopes on next generation of online shoppers
Britain’s designers took to the stage at London Fashion Week over the weekend to showcase modern elegance and eclectic design, amid hopes the next generation of online shoppers would help boost sales in coming years. Designer Jasper Conran filled the catwalk with leaves to create an autumnal mood. Models wore cashmere dresses and tunics, paired silk shirts and printed skirts, which were inspired by prints by Japanese artist Kunisada, in rich tones of aubergine, moss green, plum and chocolate.
‘Big Hero 6’ wins best animated feature Oscar
Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6,” a comic book-inspired tale of a teen science genius who befriends a huggable robot and forms a superhero team, won the Academy Award for best animated feature film on Sunday. “This has been an amazing year for animated films and we are privileged to be in your company,” said co-director Don Hall.
Ellie Goulding spends third week at top of UK music singles chart
Ellie Goulding topped the British music singles chart for the third week running on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said, with her track “Love Me Like You Do” breaking the all-time audio streaming record. The song, which appears in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, was streamed 2.6 million times over the last seven days, just pipping the previous record set by Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.
Alejandro Inarritu wins best director Oscar for ‘Birdman’
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Oscar for best director on Sunday for “Birdman,” his darkly satirical take on show business. This was the first Academy Award for Inarritu, 51, whose film stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up, former superhero actor trying to make an improbable comeback with his own Broadway play.
Eddie Redmayne wins best actor Oscar for ‘Theory of Everything’
Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal as physicist Stephen Hawking in the biographical movie “The Theory of Everything.” It was the first Oscar for the British actor, 33, whose performance as Hawking over the course of 30 years and the disabling complications of motor neuron disease has also brought him a Golden Globe, SAG and British BAFTA trophies for the break-out role.
Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris salutes movies, pokes Oscars on race
First time Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris opened Hollywood’s biggest night of the year on Sunday with a fleeting but pointed jibe at the homogenous field of Academy Award nominees, before launching into a spirited musical salute to the magic of movies. “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry, brightest,” Harris enthusiastically dead-panned to hearty laughter that seemed to break the usual pre show jitters among the movie royalty packing the auditorium of the Dolby Theatre.
Hit ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ retains top spot at U.S. box office
The hit film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, an adaptation of the best-selling novel about a kinky relationship between a businessman and a college student, raked in another $23.2 million in ticket sales to lead U.S. and Canadian box office charts for a second week. The film, which stars James Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the libidinous couple, again outpaced the No. 2 release, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, which took in $17.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.
Oscars honor veteran supporting actors, Poland’s ‘Ida’
Two veteran actors walked away with their first Oscars for supporting roles at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, while Poland won its first award in 10 nominations for best foreign-language film. In a few brave bits, first-time host Neil Patrick Harris opened the night with a quip about the lack of diversity among the nominees for the film industry’s highest honors and later came out in his underwear in a spoof of best picture favorite “Birdman.”
‘Timbuktu’ director wants more cinemas from West Africa
The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu”, a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film has already won two awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and seven at the Cesar Award’s, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.