The Oscars

The Oscars are underway in Los Angeles in a ceremony overshadowed by protests against President Donald Trump.

Almost every pundit is predicting another day of sun for La La Land – plus several politically charged acceptance speeches.

An unusually tense atmosphere has surrounded the build-up to the Academy Awards, with protests, rallies and boycotts.

And it did not take long for the stars to register their opposition to the Republican president.

On the red carpet, a number of Oscar-nominees threw their support behind the organisation who first challenged Mr Trump’s travel ban by wearing blue ribbons to the ceremony.

Irish-Ethiopian star Ruth Negga, who is up for best actress for her role in Loving, was first on the red carpet and sported the political accessory on her red Valentino dress.

Ruth Negga wears an ACLU ribbon as she arrives at the Oscars - Credit: AP

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Ruth Negga wears an ACLU ribbon as she arrives at the Oscars – Credit: AP

The three-hour-plus telecast, which begins at 9pm ET (2am GMT), is expected to resemble one very glitzy protest against Mr Trump, whom award-winners – like Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes – have railed against throughout Hollywood’s awards season.

Even the normally sunny California weather has been stormy, with rain drenching Los Angeles early on Sunday – though only clouds are expected for red carpet arrivals.

Hundreds of police and private security personnel braved early rain on Sunday to seal the security zone around the Hollywood venue. Two protests are scheduled to take place outside the security perimeter.

With a leading 14 nominations, romantic musical “La La Land” looks set to dance away with an armful of Academy Awards, including best picture, for its love letter to artistic ambition and Los Angeles itself.

Winners list in full

Best supporting actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best sound editing

Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival)

Best foreign language film

Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman)

Best production design

David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds Wasco (La La Land)

Best sound mixing

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge)

Best documentary Feature

Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow (O.J.: Made in America)

Best animated film

Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (Zootopia)

Best animated short film

Piper

Best make-up

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad)

Best costume design

Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them)

Oscars 2017 nominees

La La Land

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La La Land

Talking points from the night

Jimmy Kimmel Trump protest

Jimmy Kimmel thanked President Donald Trump for making the Oscars appear less racist as he opened the 89th Academy Awards.

The talk show host said he knew the country was divided and he had been encouraged to say something that would unite people.

Opening the show, he said the ceremony was being watched around the world by “countries that now hate us”.

.@JimmyKimmel on Meryl Streep’s 20th Oscar nomination.#Oscarshttps://t.co/sYnkctdJyepic.twitter.com/0pNSSlu00Z

— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017

“The country is divided right now, I’ve been been getting advice that I need to say something to unite us.

“Let me say something. I can’t do that. There is only one Braveheart in this room and he’s not going to do that either,” he said in a dig at Mel Gibson.

He made the audience give Meryl Streep a standing ovation. He said the actress was “over-rated” echoing the president’s appaisal of her following Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes.

“I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone!” he quipped.

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He then referenced the exclusion from a White House press briefing of certain news organisations on Friday. He asked anyone from CNN, New York Times or any publication with the word “times” in to leave the building.

Red carpet Trump protests

A number of Oscar-nominees threw their support behind the organisation who first challenged President Donald Trump’s travel ban by wearing blue ribbons to the ceremony.

Irish-Ethiopian star Ruth Negga, who is up for best actress for her role in Loving, was first on the red carpet and sported the political accessory on her red Valentino dress.

Actor Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards - Credit: Getty

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Actor Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards – Credit: Getty

The blue bow represents the American Civil Liberties Union and is part of their new initiative titled Stand With ACLU.

Lin-Manuel Miranda with his mother - Credit: AP

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Lin-Manuel Miranda with his mother – Credit: AP

Negga was followed by the Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother who both wore the pin. Miranda is nominated for writing music and lyrics for How Far I’ll Go from animated movie Moana.

Director of best film nominee Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, was also spotted with the blue bow pinned to his suit.

The ACLU was among the first to launch a legal challenge following President Trump’s travel ban, which bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering America.

While the travel ban has been blocked by the courts, a revamped refugee and immigration executive order is expected to be released by the White House next week.

London Trump protest

Thousands of people braved London’s winter drizzle earlier on Sunday for a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie that has become a rallying point for opponents of US President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan made clear his political motivation in hosting the British premiere of the “The Salesman”, whose Iranian director is boycotting the Hollywood ceremony.

Iranian director Farhadi was affected by Trump’s muslimban. London Mayor Sadiq Khan organized a free screening of his Oscar-nominated movie. pic.twitter.com/q3PUQJztOO

— SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) February 26, 2017

“President Trump cannot silence me,” Khan said to cheers from the crowd gathered in Trafalgar Square. “We stand in solidarity with Asghar Farhadi, one of the world’s greatest directors.”

Meryl Streep hits back at ‘lying’ Karl Lagerfeld in Oscars dress row

Meryl Streep has slammed “lying” Karl Lagerfeld after the designer falsely accused her of being paid to wear a gown on the Oscars red carpet, Mark Molloy writes.

The dress row erupted when Lagerfeld wrongly claimed Streep changed her mind about wearing a Chanel gown to the awards because she wanted to get paid by wearing a creation from a different designer.

“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” he told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) in an interview.

This Jan. 8, 2017 file image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Credit: AP

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This Jan. 8, 2017 file image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Credit: AP

Lagerfeld later admitted he was wrong and had “misunderstood that Ms Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration”.

In a statement, the Oscar-winning silver screen icon accused the Chanel boss of “lying and defaming” her in his interview with WWD ahead of the 89th Academy Awards.

She also dismissed a statement from Lagerfeld in which he expressed his ‘regret’ over the controversy and accused him spoiling her night at the upcoming awards.2017_Oscars_poster