Scaled down Oscar 2021 – The Red Carpet Appearances


Due to the covid-19 safety restrictions, the Oscars 2021 took place on Sunday not in the cavernous Dolby Theatre as usual, but in Los Angeles’s Union Station. The venue was more of a tiered room that looked more like a set for an intimate staging of “Cabaret”. Attendees were so minimal that presenters were able to wander freely among the crowd. Guests sat at generously spaced tables and chatted with nominees as if they were already at the after-party. Perhaps because of the show’s shrunken proportions, its producers, including the director Steven Soderbergh, imposed an ambitious dress code for the evening: the clothes, at least, would allow viewers a brief interlude of fantasy. “We’re aiming for a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational,” they wrote in a memo sent ahead of the ceremony, channelling a bit of Fred Hayman. “Formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.”

Chloe Zhao
“Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao in a soft oatmeal-colored Hermès knit dress and plain white sneakers.Photograph from ABC / Getty
Emerald Fennell
Emerald Fennell, winner of Best Original Screenplay, for “Promising Young Woman,” in a Gucci floral maxi.Photograph by Chris Pizzello / Getty
Amanda Seyfried
Supporting-actress nominee Amanda Seyfried in an Armani Privé trumpet gown.Photograph by Chris Pizzello / Getty
Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo, star of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” in a hot-pink Versace suit.Photograph by Chris Pizzello / Getty
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan, who was nominated for Best Actress, in a two-piece Valentino gown.Photograph by Matt Petit / Getty
Leslie Odom Jr.
Supporting-actor nominee Leslie Odom, Jr., in a double-breasted Brioni suit made of gold-dipped threads.Photograph by Chris Pizzello / Getty
LaKeith Stanfield
Supporting-actor nominee LaKeith Stanfield, in a Saint Laurent jumpsuit with a cinched belt and a large-wingspan collar, sported the most swaggering look of the night.Photograph by Alberto Pezzali / Getty
Youn Yuh jung
Yuh-jung Youn, the first Korean woman to win an acting Oscar, in a navy Marmar Halim dress.Photograph by Chris Pizzello / Getty
Christine Oh and Alan Kim
“Minari” star Alan Kim in a Thom Browne suit, and the producer Christina Oh.Photograph from ABC / Getty


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