The stars are out and ready to shine again. Hollywood Boulevard went red after last year’s ceremony was held downtown on the corner of a vast train station.
“This is one of the most important red carpets we have seen in many years,” said WWD style director Alex Badia. “We know a return to life and a return to glamor. A return to life.”
The favorites have emerged during a string of previous awards and Will Smith has won all the major ones for playing the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard”.
“I’m finding myself with my focus on the hearts and experience of the people around me rather than whether my name is called or not,” said Smith.
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Troy Kotsur earned the first ever Oscar nomination for a deaf actor and the film “Coda” emerged as a top contender for the top prize for best picture. It is a wellness film that seems to adapt to what the times require.
“We have learned a lot and one of them is that we have to enjoy life and we have to celebrate each other,” said Badia.
“People are really, really excited to get up and out of their homes and go out and see other people and look at the positives of how we can make a difference,” said Suzy Amis, founder of RCGD Global.
Call it “trendy with care”. Everything is not as usual on the world’s most important catwalk, which will not be as crowded as it was in 2020, less than a month before the pandemic.
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“We have experienced many tribulations over the past few years, so having something positive to build on is exactly what everyone needs,” said Samata Pattinson, CEO of RCGD Global.
Last year, the Eyewitness News entertainment reporter had to chat with Zoom’s Suzy Amis Cameron, but this year they got to see firsthand Oscar dresses made from recycled materials and older garments worn again.
Call it “couture with a conscience”. Each of the dresses is part of an academy-backed initiative called “Red Carpet, Green Dress,” a new tradition of the Oscars.
Sustainability takes center stage and comes back in first person.
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