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Oscars 2016: Get a glimpse of all behind-the-scenes magic

Published Feb 29, 2016, 6:48 am IST
Updated Feb 29, 2016, 9:57 am IST
Hollywood stars prep up to hit the Oscars red carpet for its annual show of glitz and pageantry honoring cinema's finest.
(From l-r) Chris Rock, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon and Priyanka Chopra hours before the grand award ceremony.
 (From l-r) Chris Rock, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon and Priyanka Chopra hours before the grand award ceremony.

Hollywood hits the Oscars red carpet Sunday for its annual show of glitz and pageantry honoring cinema's finest -- with a broiling row over diversity an awkward guest at the party.

LIVE Oscars 2016: Follow all the action


Tinseltown's elite are looking forward to the usual sparkling night of celebration, with survival epic 'The Revenant' leading the charge for golden statuettes and a panoply of rivals snapping at its heels.

But controversy over the "whitewashing" of nominations -- there are no ethnic minority nominees in the acting categories for the second year running -- threatens to steal the limelight.

An audience expected to number several hundred million around the world will be hanging on every word uttered by black comedian and actor Chris Rock, who is hosting despite calls for him to join a boycott.


Insiders say the 51-year-old has completely rewritten his opening monologue in the wake of the scandal, which could prove embarrassing for the Academy's 6,000-plus voting members, overwhelmingly white men.

The funnyman appeared in relaxed mood hours before the ceremony. He posted a picture and wrote, "Cutting the fat off my monologue #oscars"

Chris RockChris Rock

Earlier in the day, he posted a picture of Oscars note paper bearing the phrase 'Get ready' and, soon after, a video of him ordering breakfast at a McDonald's drive-thru.



Indian actress Priyanka Chopra was a sight to behold at the red carpet. For her first stint at the world's most coveted awards ceremony, she picked up a white outfit by Zuhair Murad. She rounded off the look with diamond rings and teardrop earrings.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra


Hours before walking down the red carpet, Sam Smith posted a picture with his writing partner Jimmy Napes. The singer-songwriter is nominated for his James Bond threme 'Writing's on the Wall' from the latest installment, Spectre.

Sam SmithSam Smith strikes a pose with Jimmy Napes

Reese Witherspoon decided to break down her routine in three easy steps. Add burgers, flowers and makeup and you get 'Oscars #Prep'.

Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon

Sofia Vergara, the star of television's 'Modern Family' and an Oscars presenter, stunned in a sweetheart-neckline navy blue Marchesa gown that showcased her oft-talked-about curves.


Sofia VergaraSofia Vergara

Sylvester Stallone, a sentimental favorite to take home the best supporting actor prize for bringing iconic boxer Rocky Balboa back to the big screen in 'Creed', looked slick in a blue dinner jacket with black and blue lapels, and a black shirt and bowtie. "It's been a most memorable year," he wrote on Instagram.

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone with wife Jennifer Flavin

Sylvester Stallone

Here's what other stars have been up to.

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Jacob Tremblay with his family.Jacob Tremblay with his family.

Lady GagaLady Gaga

Pharrell WilliamsPharrell Williams

Daisy RidleyDaisy Ridley


Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne with wife Hannah

Mark Ruffalo with wife SunriseMark Ruffalo with wife Sunrise

Jason Sudeikis strikes a conversation with Olivia WildeJason Sudeikis strikes a conversation with Olivia Wilde