Oscars 2021 – live: Stars arrive on the red carpet at Dolby Theater and Union Station for the Academy Awards – The Independent

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Watch live as the 2021 Oscar nominations are announced

The Oscars are finally upon us, with the 93rd Academy Awards scheduled to take place tonight (25 April) at Union Station, the main railway station in Los Angeles, famous for its blend of Art Deco and Mission Revival architectural styles.

Filmmakers, on-screen stars and behind-the-scenes masterminds will be gathering once again to celebrate the best talent that cinema has to offer.

It’s the most prestigious night of awards season and with a number of history-making nominations this year, the evening promises endless memorable quotes, GIF-worthy moments and powerful – albeit overly long – speeches.

This year, David Fincher’s Mank leads the pack with 10 nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor for Gary Oldman and Best Supporting Actress for Amanda Seyfried.

Following behind with six nods apiece are The Father, MinariNomadlandSound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

You can find a full list of this year’s nominees here, and their respective odds at taking home a prize here.

Follow along with our liveblog for everything you need to know in the run-up to the big event, as well as the Oscars ceremony itself and the inevitably buzz-worthy aftermath.

Here, you’ll have all the latest updates, news, photos and videos in one place. Let’s get started.

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If she wins Best Supporting Actress tonight, Glenn Close has a few ideas on where her trophy will end up… and it’s not a shelf or her fireplace mantel.

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Tonight’s ceremony is being held at Union Station in Los Angeles – a first in Oscars history. The Academy Awards usually take place at the Dolby Theatre, but logistics had to change this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a look at what the preparations looked like to get Union Station ready for its close-up…

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Clemence Michallon25 April 2021 23:53

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Hard to disagree with this take from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey:

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Well, well, well, if it isn’t Best Supporting Actress nominee Glenn Close! She earned her eighth Oscar nomination for her role in Hillbilly Elegy and is up against Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman, Amanda Seyfried, and Youn Yuh-jung.

Our lifestyle writer Olivia Petter tells me Close’s electric blue tunic is by Armani Prive, is in crystal beads, and took three weeks to make. Close paired the tunic with purple leather gloves and black cigarette trousers.

Close told E! from the red carpet that if she wins tonight, she will display her Oscar to her local library or her local coffee shop “so that people can actually what it’s like” and to bring the Academy Awards into everyday life.

Glenn Close attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on 25 April 2021 in Los Angeles, California

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Glenn Close attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on 25 April 2021 in Los Angeles, California

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Clemence Michallon25 April 2021 23:41

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For more excellent red carpet looks, right this way:

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Emerald Fennell has arrived! The filmmaker is up for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay tonight for the revenge film Promising Young Woman. Our lifestyle writer Olivia Petter tells me Fennell’s floaty floral gown, featuring a pastel green and pink gown with a billowing skirt covered in ruffles, is by Gucci. Fennell stopped to chat to E! on the red carpet. She praised Carey Mulligan, the lead in Promising Young Woman, who is up for Best Actress for her performance. “I think every day she was surprising because she’s so good,” Fennell said. “But she’s also just incredibly funny. That’s the thing. Dramatic actors very rarely get to be funny, and she’s dynamite at comedy.”

Fennell described her red carpet look as “Susan, your pottery teacher who has a business opportunity for you which is absolutely not a pyramid scheme”.

Emerald Fennell attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on 25 April 2021 in Los Angeles, California

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Clemence Michallon25 April 2021 23:19

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Chloé Zhao’sNomadland is among the favourites in the Best Picture category tonight. The anti-capitalist odyssey stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a woman who becomes a nomadic van-dweller.

Our writer Adam White argues why this “snapshot of modern America” should be crowned Best Picture tonight:

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Steven Yeun, who is up for Best Actor tonight for his role in Minari. He spoke to E! during his arrival on the red carpet, paying tribute to his mother who has always been “so supportive and so loving” and watching the ceremony live. Yeun also called the acclaim for Minari “wonderful” and says the film says something “honest and true” about “the humanity that we all share”.

Here is Yeun on the red carpet with his wife, photographer Joana Pak:

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Clemence Michallon25 April 2021 23:07

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Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Oscars red carpet is officially open for business. The ceremony is going to look a bit different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it does include an in-person component on the ground in California.

Clemence Michallon25 April 2021 22:57

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Good evening (or afternoon, depending on which part of the world you’re turning in from). This is Clemence, taking over from Roisin. Among the Best Picture nominees tonight isPromising Young Woman, a complex revenge comedy thriller by Emerald Fennell which I personally believe should take the top prize tonight.

The film tells a complicated, layered story with a bright clarity. It’s a product of its time, but the mistreatment it depicts is a tale as old as time. It’s a righteously angry, smart film that never shies away from its own dark corners, but instead mines them for more power.

You can read more praise for Promising Young Woman in the piece below:

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