Candice Chung: And now for a highlight reel of the red carpet best of....
Hollywood's finest arrive on the red carpet
First look at the Oscar hopefuls arriving on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony. Australian actress Jacki Weaver arrives wearing $2 million worth of diamonds.PT2M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2f0oy 620 349 February 25, 2013
Quentin Tarantino and Lianne Spiderbaby.
Sarah Berry: Quentin Tarantino and his unusually named lady, Lianne Spiderbaby. Black and gold seems to be the order of the day.
Candice Chung: Adele! The singer has had a great award season run this year. She departs from her colourful Valentino Couture ensemble at the Grammys today and opts for a beaded floor-length black gown. The result? Still stunning.
Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek.
Sarah Berry: Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, who goes for a blinging Baroque look with gold embellishment and black velvet. Nails it, I think.
Candice Chung: A plunging neckline can be hard to carry off. And in some cases (sorry Heidi) , less is definitely more...
Candice Chung: Sandra Bullock looks effortlessly elegant in her Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 dress. The sheer embroidered overlay and classic silhouette (with a mini mermaid finish) really works a treat.
Sarah Berry: Kristen Stewart has turned up on crutches with an "unexplained injury". She ditched them to pose on the red carpet in her Reem Acra dress. Kelly Osbourne says she looks "pretty, for her". Ouch. Assume she's referring to Stewart's usual edgy, sexier look. Her lace dress is a little 'weird mermaid' for us, but hey, she's smiling - sort of - so stranger things...
Sarah Berry: Helen Hunt in an "accessible" dress by H&M. H&M! Good on her. Having said that, she does admit to wearing about $700,000 worth of jewels. Talk about mix and match!
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
Sarah Berry: Jennifer Garner, with hubby Ben Affleck, looking magical in magenta Gucci. keeping it sweet and simple, but loving the purple pop and the ruffle at the back gives the dress a bit more punch. Random bit of useless information: apparently Ben Affleck's beard has its own Twitter account (??).
Candice Chung: Who says black has to be boring? Nicole Kidman's black and gold L’Wren Scott body con gown is definitely going to be a talking point tonight. The two-tone sequence is a standout. Love the tousled hair!
Candice Chung: Now, Amanda Seyfried. The 27-year-old goes for a soft, flowing custom Alexander McQueen dress, complete with Roger Vivier shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Straying from the strapless trend so far, her classic halter neckline is a highlight for us.
Jennifer Aniston with fiance, Justin Theroux.
American sweethearts... Jennifer Aniston with fiance, Justin Theroux.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler.
Sarah Berry: Ooh la la. Smoking couple alert. Clooney is in Armani - seemingly a popular choice for tonight. Keibler is in Naeem Khan and she looks like a Grecian goddess. The shape, the detail, the moody metallic - killing it!
Sarah Berry: Jennifer Aniston in Valentino? Comme ci comme ca. We feel like we've seen this dress a thousand times before. That said, she looks lovely as always. Everyone is underwhelmed. Too safe... If you've got, work it!
Perez Hiilton says it how it is:
I think Jennifer Aniston has a serious fear of trying new things with her hair! #Oscars— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 25, 2013
The amount of excitement around Naomi Watts' Armani Prive dress is palpable. Will it join Gwyneth Paltrow's 2012 Tom Ford cape gown in the Oscars red carpet's hall of fame? Apparently the designer started working on the gown since the Globes. Looks like a winner to us!
Sarah Berry: Charlize Theron dazzles in white hot Dior. She had her hair buzz cut for a movie three months ago - this is the regrowth! Effortless glamour and accented beautifully with Harry Winston jewels.
Giuliana Rancic calls the 5'11" actress a "freak of nature". She's working the hair like not many people can. Sexy yet simple. Hot, hot, hot!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sally Field.
Sarah Berry: Sally Field doing Joseph Gordon-Levitt's bow tie in the car. Cute!
Candice Chung: Jennifer Hudson wows red carpet watchers in a sleeved Roberto Cavalli Couture number. She's one of a handful of actresses embracing blue so far -- a mini trend tonight?
Sarah Berry: JLaw is getting a mixed reaction on Twitter. Vogue Australia is in love:
Others, however disagree. This tweet captures the critics' mood:
Sorry, but Jennifer Lawrence's dress looks like it was made from upholstery fabric leftover from my Grandma's couch... #oscars— Jessie Artigue (@styleandpepper) February 24, 2013
We think her hair, make up and jewels look incredible. Colour is washing her out a bit though and the tailoring... hmmm. Thoughts?
Catherine Zeta Jones
Candice Chung: Loving Catherine Zeta Jone's dress choice tonight! Fresh off the Zuhair Murad SS13 Couture runway. A flattering silhouette with lots of embellishment at the train. A veritable show-stopper.
Sarah Berry: Anne Hathaway has arrived in Prada. Didn't know what she was wearing until "about three hours ago." Our first impression is 'blah'. One colleague thinks she looks like Miranda from Sex in the City and "not in a good way". Ah, we tend to agree. It's a bit boxy and feels a bit formal-dress for us.
Sarah Berry: Olivia Munn looking decadent in Marchesa. Love!
Alright Hathaway is here. We're all waiting for the big reveal. #Oscars — Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) February 25, 2013
Dustin Hoffman with wife, Lisa Hoffman.
Sarah Berry: Dustin Hoffman says his first Oscars was in 1967, "before you were born," he tells Ryan Seacrest. He had a shot of vodka before he came - a little dutch courage for his presenting gig tonight p'raps?
Candice Chung: Yes, looking this good takes a village ... Les Miserable actor Hugh Jackman lets us in on his last-minute hair fixes on Twitter.
Candice Chung: Jennifer Lawrence in her frothy Christian Dior gown.
Helena Bonham Carter.
Sarah Berry: Said earlier that I love Helena Bonham Carter, with her shamelessly rebellious concoctions on the red carpet. Have to say though, she's kind of playing it safe here. I'm a little disappointed. What do you think?
Sarah Berry: Sally Field, who stars in Lincoln, tied co-star Joseph Gordon Levitt's bow tie in the car on the way. Says she "fought" for the role in the film and "killed it". The actress, who is nominated, looks dazzling in red. Love the elegant, fringed train and the sheer, ruched fabric. Gorgeous.
Behold, the red carpet front runners so far, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).
Witherspoon wears a gorgeous cobalt Louis Vuitton gown (which she apparently picked out with her 13-year-old daughter), while Lawrence (who's nominated for best actress tonight), is in a soft pink Christian Dior creation. Kelly Osborne says,"She looks just like an Oscar nominee should."
Top points for the long shimmering necklace too!
Sarah Berry: Zoe Saldana never misses a beat, does she? Love the floral embellishment at the top of her white dress. Not sure about the bottom of the dress, but the black does add a touch of noir drama. Can she walk in it though? there is NO room to move in there, but she gets away with it. Strapless has been the trend du jour and everyone has been pulling it off pretty fabulously thus far. But, the night is still young as the stars continue to stream in.
Sarah Berry: Took Jacki Weaver three hours to "get her face on and...just look presentable."
The humble star of Silver Linings Playbook is wearing an opulent red dress by a Lebanese designer - Rana Salam, we think... she looks a little more than "presentable" we think - nails it with the fitted bustier.
She's also wearing $2 million dollars worth of diamonds - 30 carats, she says. Holy moly! Blood-free diamonds she assures us. Go Jacki - Good luck tonight!!!
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
Sarah Berry: Will we see a Magic Mike rendition from Channing Tatum, here with his ready-to-pop wife, Jenna Dewan, tonight? Loving her black lacy gown. He is super excited about being a dad. Making a baby is his "greatest production," he says. Also makes a slightly awkward "I made that baby" joke.
Candice Chung: So everyone's favourite best actress nominee has spoken. Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) melts hearts with her candid quotes. When asked how the whole red carpet experience has been for her, the young actress simply says, "It has been CRAZY." Too right. She has upstaged many style veterans with her puppy purse ("I like it because it's sparkly and fluffy!"), which is aptly named after her own pooch. Bless.
Sarah Berry: Fan Bingbing in an electric pink confection. It reminds me of a chocolate wrapping. Kind of like it though! Thoughts? (Comments on the RHS).
Candice Chung: Amy Adams dazzles in a strapless, sparkly Oscar De La Renta gown with a ruffled tulle train. It's fitted across the bust and oozes old school glamour. Is this the most dramatic gown so far? What do you think?
Sarah Berry: Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine in Les Mis, is looking sexy and sleek in black. Too understated for the Oscars though or hitting the mark with simplicity?
Eddie Redmayne with his publicist girlfriend, Hannah Bagshawe.
Candice Chung: Rumour has it that Amanda Seyfried will be wearing Alexander McQueen tonight -- it's a little sartorial flashback as the actress also donned a McQueen gown at the Les Mis premiere last year.
Sarah Berry: Chastain, whose response to being nominated for an Oscar tonight is 'OH MY GOD' is here with her (seriously good-lookin) nan! Her jewels are Harry Winston and she says she's not feeling nervous like she was last year, which was just a "fog".
Sarah Berry: Jessica Chastain has arrived. Metallic nude or strawberry blonde dress? Whatever. She looks AMAZING. A sparkling, slinky custom Armani Prive silk, satin strapless dress with Grace Kelly hair and dripping diamonds. Old Hollywood glamour done brilliantly. She's getting the big thumbs up all round. Agreed?
Chastain describes it as a 'Happy Birthday Mr President' dress. Hot.
Candice Chung: Trend alert: the E! red carpet team says a lot of stars are opting for Armani Privé tonight. Perhaps it'll trump the usual Oscar favorite, Elie Saab?
Sarah Berry: Lots of Twitter-commentators are swooning over Eddie Redmayne, who looks super slick in his tux. Daily Beast TV critic, Jace Lacob isn't convinced about his hair though...
Eddie Redmayne would have you think there is a wind tunnel at the start of the red carpet. #Oscars— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) February 24, 2013
Chastain is in strapless bodycon gown. Sparkly metallic #Oscars
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) February 24, 2013
Kelly Rowland embraces the thigh-high split in Donna Karan.
Candice Chung: Kelly Rowland in an elegant structured black-and-white Donna Karan gown.
Sarah Berry: Will we get any interesting titbits from the stars on the red carpet today? Unlkely.
The red carpet is notoriously a nightmare for journos trying to get a decent interview. Ryan Seacrest, with his anodyne questions about shoes and dresses, is popular with the stars' PR. But, other reporters are reduced to more underhanded tactics:
“The one way a reporter could get out of the media stockade was to go to the bathroom,” said George Rush, a former columnist for The New York Daily News who nabbed a rare interview with Paul Newman at the Oscars in 1994.
“So I tailed Newman to the men’s room and we did the interview at the urinals. He rolled with it, but on the way out I was quickly apprehended by a publicist” who demanded to know how the reporter had escaped the media pen.
Candice Chung: Here's a little amuse-bouche of twitpics while we wait for more stars to hit the red carpet. (Gallery via Daily Life)
Celeb Twitpics: 2013 Oscars
Ryan Seacrest with an Oscar wearing a rain poncho before the red carpet has begins.
Candice Chung: Apparently Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Hudson will be singing their hearts out tonight. Lots of musical numbers -- should we be expecting equally theatrical gowns?
Sarah Berry: Will Anne Hathaway win tonight?
The Les Miserables star has apparently been "campaigning harder than Obama", we are told, for her statue, and has sparked a group of "Hatha-haters".
Fantine ... Anne Hathaway.
Sarah Berry: Angelina's dress from last year, which showed off her looooong legs with that sky-high split, was also a big hit. There was nothing understated about her or her posing. She owned it!
As far as best dressed from Oscars past, Gwyneth's Tom Ford dress from last year was widely agreed to be sensational. Simple, clean and elegant, the detachable white cape added a slick touch of drama.
Candice Chung: Trust Joseph Gordon-Levitt to look dapper. Confession: we have a soft spot for him, but how can you not with a cute prom-style twit pic like this?
Bjork in 2001. Photo: Reuters
Sarah Berry: While we're waiting for the beautiful freak show to begin, let's take a quick look at Oscars past.
Bjork's swan costume from 2001 is a stand out. She's been on pretty much every worst dressed Oscars list. I kind of like it - I think it's theatrical - she's certainly not shameless or safe. But, then I think Helena Bonham Carter's crazy creations are fab too. Thoughts? Let us know in the comments section on the right hand side of the screen.
Sarah Berry: If you've got stars in your eyes about tonight, just remember it sucks being a celeb. Seriously. They've all (most) been sprayed within an inch of their lives with fake tan and industrial strength foundation, had their faces needled and derma-filled, starved and then been sucked in with spanx or last minute liposuction. Seriously! They pop into the doctor's surgery after dark in a wheelchair with a sheet covering them. Sickos.
Xanax is said to be a popular pill for nominees to pop to reduce anxiety. Understandable after all that.
That said, it is a magnificent show. It can't be denied and we're excited!
Candice Chung: Kelly Osborne looks stunning in a black shimmery gown. If this is a hint of things to come, there will be plenty of tulle on the red carpet tonight ...
It's fair to expect favourite, Jennifer Lawrence, will be feeling nervous.
The actress, who was paid a whopping $100,000 to wear Chopard earrings to the Golden Globes, and has a deal with Dior, told Vanity Fair recently that the red carpet is: “More torture. I know that’s a cliché, but it’s uncomfortable having to pose when people are shouting at you and the next day you just get slaughtered. You walk out there and go, ‘Hate me!’”
Jennifer Lawrence. Photo: Kevin Winter
Check out the interior of the Governor's Ballroom - the location for tonight's show. Apparently this is the world's largest chandelier!
The world's largest chandelier in the Governor's Ballroom
Sarah Berry: Welcome to what is arguably the most influential fashion show of the year.
It is 'the Super Bowl of fashion' according to one commentator. What the stars wear today will affect the style of wedding dresses, formal and ball gowns as well as details in street fashion for the rest of the year. Take Michelle Williams peplum look from last year. Her hot orange dress made it on to most of the best dressed lists and peplums have been EVERYWHERE!