Los Angeles: Stars arrived on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, March 4, under sunny but breezy skies for an Academy Awards ceremony filled with suspense over which will win the best picture, and whether the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal will steal the spotlight on the movie industry's biggest night. Sandra Bullock, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o, Jane Fonda and Nicole Kidman were among an eclectic lineup of presenters due to take the stage on Sunday. Universal Pictures' dark comedy "Get Out", starring Daniel Kaluuya, became a talking point around modern-day race relations in America. Daniel Kaluuya said, "I think those conversations were being had in private and now we are seeing the action of the fruits of those conversations and then it's just like let's just do man let's do let's keep on going. It's not representation, it's the truth."
Fox Searchlight fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" went into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations. Best actress nominee Sally Hawkins said, "Very overwhelmed and excited and just happy to be here can't be quite believe - this all dissolves at midnight. It's the ultimate Cinderella. It's nothing to do with me. I'm very happy, I don't quite know how, just delighted for (director) Guillermo (Del Toro) want him to win everything."
The awards show arrived as Hollywood was grappling with a sexual misconduct scandal that brought down dozens of once-powerful men, and lingering questions over racial and gender fairness in the movie business.
Many of the stars wore "Time's Up" buttons, in solidarity with victims of the sexual abuse that has roiled the entertainment industry.