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Oscars 2019: Best dressed stars arrive on red carpet at Academy Awards

The 91st Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

And one of the first stars who hit the carpet for the annual awards show was Ashley Graham, who stunned in a black strapless mermaid gown with diamond jewelry. 

The 31-year-old model was an absolute vision in her form-fitting look, opting to style her brunette tresses into a tight bun with matte nude lipstick. 

Wow: Ashley looked absolutely stunning in her black strapless mermaid gown with diamond jewelry at the 91st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday

It might be the gold standard of award shows, but with falling viewing figures, 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.

Va va voom: The model, 31, pulled her tresses back into a center parted bun with matte nude lipstick on her full pout

Va va voom: The model, 31, pulled her tresses back into a center parted bun with matte nude lipstick on her full pout

Va va voom: The model, 31, pulled her tresses back into a center parted bun with matte nude lipstick on her full pout

Stunner: Ashley grinned ear to ear as she hit the carpet on Sunday afternoon

Stunner: Ashley grinned ear to ear as she hit the carpet on Sunday afternoon

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.

This new line-up of presenters is the latest in a long list of changes made by the Academy this year – many of which have surprised

It began with the announcement that the Best Song nominees would not be featured in the telecast, a decision that was changed following public uproar.

A vision: Emilia, who stars on Game Of Thrones, wore a large diamond bracelet with a matching ring and earrings

A vision: Emilia, who stars on Game Of Thrones, wore a large diamond bracelet with a matching ring and earrings

Glamorous: Yalitza Aparicio (L) and Laura Harrier (R) chose pastel colored frocks with silver embellishments

Glamorous: Yalitza Aparicio (L) and Laura Harrier (R) chose pastel colored frocks with silver embellishments

Glamorous: Yalitza Aparicio (L) and Laura Harrier (R) chose pastel colored frocks with silver embellishments

Next was the decision to discontinue the trend of having the actors who won in each category last year present at the ceremony.

That was revealed by Allison Janney, whose appearance presenting alongside Sam Rockwell at the Golden Globes last month proved to be one of the rare highlights of the unremarkable telecast.

Uproar ensured, and the Academy soon announced that the tradition would continue.

Next, the Academy opted to eliminate four categories from the telecast – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling – and present those awards during the commercial break. 

Fancy: Melissa McCarthy looked incredible in her black and white jumpsuit with a cape detail

Fancy: Melissa McCarthy looked incredible in her black and white jumpsuit with a cape detail

Sleek: Regina King flashed her toned leg in a strapless white gown with a train, adding coordinating pumps

Sleek: Regina King flashed her toned leg in a strapless white gown with a train, adding coordinating pumps

Shimmering star: Michelle Yeoh donned a beautiful silver, gold and cream off-the-shoulder gown with drop earrings

Shimmering star: Michelle Yeoh donned a beautiful silver, gold and cream off-the-shoulder gown with drop earrings

Incredible: Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu looked amazing in her bright yellow frock with crimson lipstick; the actress is wearing custom Versace

Incredible: Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu looked amazing in her bright yellow frock with crimson lipstick; the actress is wearing custom Versace

Stunning: Amandla Stenberg chose a silver and nude fringed gown with pink polish and diamond and gold jewerly

Stunning: Amandla Stenberg chose a silver and nude fringed gown with pink polish and diamond and gold jewerly

Lovely: Meagan Goode arrived with her husband DeVon Franklin; they tied the knot in 2012

Lovely: Meagan Goode arrived with her husband DeVon Franklin; they tied the knot in 2012

Elegant: Octavia Spencer glittered in a dark blue off-the-shoulder gown with wavy tresses

Elegant: Octavia Spencer glittered in a dark blue off-the-shoulder gown with wavy tresses

A lady: Blanca Blanco appeared to have a minor mishap when she tripped on the step; the actress looked gorgeous in her elaborately designed frock with sheer paneling and gold embelishments

A lady: Blanca Blanco appeared to have a minor mishap when she tripped on the step; the actress looked gorgeous in her elaborately designed frock with sheer paneling and gold embelishments

A lady: Blanca Blanco appeared to have a minor mishap when she tripped on the step; the actress looked gorgeous in her elaborately designed frock with sheer paneling and gold embellishments

Red carpet goddess: Blanca, 38, chose a three-quarter sleeve frock with a ball skirt

Red carpet goddess: Blanca, 38, chose a three-quarter sleeve frock with a ball skirt

Glittering: Marie Kondo, who penned the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering And Organizing

Glittering: Marie Kondo, who penned the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering And Organizing

That managed to draw the ire of many members of the Academy, and was protested in an open letter signed by the likes of Glenn Close, Robert DeNiro, Kerry Washington, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and hundreds more.

It is unclear what other surprises producers may have up their sleeves with just a few days left between now and the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, which will air on ABC this Sunday.

Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd and Michelle Yeoh are among those who were previously announced as presenters for the big night.

A statement: Linda Cardellini chose an eye-catching red dress with ruffled detailing all over

A statement: Linda Cardellini chose an eye-catching red dress with ruffled detailing all over

They are pals: Trudie Styler (R) looked slender in white as she posed with Jaime Ray Newman, who donned a black lace look

They are pals: Trudie Styler (R) looked slender in white as she posed with Jaime Ray Newman, who donned a black lace look

Danielle McDonald stunned in a fancy red gown that no one could miss.

Elsie Fisher had on a three-piece black suit with black boots and a boxy purse

A black and red situation: Danielle McDonald stunned in a fancy red gown that no one could miss. Elsie Fisher had on a three-piece black suit with black boots and a boxy purse

Also on hand will be Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu are also set to attend.     

One of the first stars to hit the red carpet was Kristin Cavallari, the former cast member of TV’s The Hills turned Uncommon James jewelry designer.

The beauty looked elegant in a black dress by Burnett New York as she was hosting for E!’s Live From The Red Carpet.   

Like a Disney princess: She turned heads in a long, ballroom gown in bright yellow and white which looked like a modern version of something Belle from Beauty And The Beast would wear

The star used to work for Extra but has since moved on to other hosting duties

 Like a Disney princess: She turned heads in a long, ballroom gown in bright yellow and white which looked like a modern version of something Belle from Beauty And The Beast would wear

Bright idea: Also on the carpet was Maria Menounos, who is working for ABC's pre show

Bright idea: Also on the carpet was Maria Menounos, who is working for ABC’s pre show

A polished loo for this vet: Giuliana Rancic had on a black gown with a sheer lace halter top and a ballgown skirt with pointy heels

Her hair was secured by a black headband and she had on long pearl drop earrings

A polished loo for this vet: Giuliana Rancic had on a black gown with a sheer lace halter top and a ballgown skirt with pointy heels. Her hair was secured by a black headband and she had on long pearl drop earrings

Classic look: The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. And one of the first stars to hit the red carpet was Kristin Cavallari, the former cast member of TV's The Hills turned Uncommon James jewelry designer

Classic look: The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. And one of the first stars to hit the red carpet was Kristin Cavallari, the former cast member of TV’s The Hills turned Uncommon James jewelry designer

She turned heads in a long, ballroom gown in bright yellow and white which looked like a modern version of something Belle from Beauty And The Beast would wear.

The star let her highlighted hair flow down over her chest as she posed away.

Renee Bargh had on a long gown with tulle over satin that looked like it was made for her.

The neckline was plunging with gathered tulle around the neck. Her dress was so long her shoes could not be seen.

The star added diamond rings and had a deep purple manicure.  

Renee Bargh had on a long gown with tulle over satin that looked like it was made for her

Laura Marano skillfully pulled off a yellow and pink dress with a candy apple green clutch purse

So feminine and pretty: Renee Bargh had on a long gown with tulle over satin that looked like it was made for her. Laura Marano, right, skillfully pulled off a yellow and pink dress with a candy apple green clutch purse

Purple passion: Shangela Laquifa Wadley, born Darius Jeremy Pierce and often mononymously addressed as Shangela,  wore a lovely lilac colored gown that had a bit of a train and tiers

Purple passion: Shangela Laquifa Wadley, born Darius Jeremy Pierce and often mononymously addressed as Shangela, wore a lovely lilac colored gown that had a bit of a train and tiers

Producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have pledged that the show will be speedier this year , even though its initial goal of a three-hour broadcast has faded. Kicking things off will be a performance by Queen, featuring Adam Lambert, to celebrate the best picture-nominee Bohemian Rhapsody.

In the academy’s favor is a popular crop of nominees: Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born and, most of all, Black Panther have all amassed huge sums in ticket sales. Typically, when there are box-office hits (like Titanic), more people watch the Oscars.

But just how many people have seen one of the top nominees and the film favored to win best picture — Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma — remains unknown. Netflix has declined to give box-office results or steaming viewership. It remains a nominee unlike any other. Should Roma — a black-and-white, Spanish and Mixtec language film about a domestic worker in a Mexican family — win, it will be both the first Netflix movie to win best picture and the first foreign language film to do so.

He sure is a busy man these days: Ryan Seacrest, who produces Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is on the red carpet for both E! and ABC. He wore a black and maroon jacket with black slacks and patent leather dress shoes

He sure is a busy man these days: Ryan Seacrest, who produces Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is on the red carpet for both E! and ABC. He wore a black and maroon jacket with black slacks and patent leather dress shoes

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

 

 

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