Tuesday 12 December 2017

Stars arrive on red carpet ahead of politically charged Oscars

Ruth Negga wears an ACLU ribbon. (AP)
Ruth Negga wears an ACLU ribbon. (AP)
Lily Cole speaks before the free screening of Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman in Trafalgar Square
Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-nominated Iranian director boycotting the awards because of Donald Trump's travel ban

Stars are arriving on the red carpet at the Oscars where musical La La Land could make history after earning a record-equalling 14 nominations.

Best actress nominee Ruth Negga was among the first celebrities to arrive at the ceremony in Hollywood, which is expected to be dominated by political speeches.

The Irish-Ethiopian star, wearing a red Valentino dress, was sporting an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ribbon as she posed for photographs outside the Dolby Theatre.

Negga, who is nominated for her role in drama Loving, described the film as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

She told E!: " Films you've either watched or been in, they stay with you and leave residue with you.

"This is one of those films, I don't think it'll ever leave me."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Oscar-nominated song How Far I'll Go from Moana, arrived on the red carpet with his mother.

They were both wearing ACLU ribbons.

Isabelle Huppert, who is nominated for best actress for her role in psychological thriller Elle, told ABC: "I feel so thrilled about this film in particular. The whole road has been amazing.

"There's a wonderful atmosphere. It's all about being happy here."

Sting is nominated for best song for The Empty Chair which played during Jim: The James Foley Story, a documentary about the American journalist captured and beheaded by Isis.

He told ABC: "This is my fourth nomination. I've never won one."

The British music star said the documentary told the story of "an important subject".

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