Entertainment: Billy Porter wows Oscars red carpet with gold feathers

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on February 11, 2020.

Porter in Giles Deacon and Jimmy Choo posing on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, the US on Sunday.

Portman wearing a Dior dress and cape, embroidered with the names of women directors who were not nominated this year, as she posed on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals.

Monae in Ralph Lauren posing on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals.

(From left) Winners of best actor Joaquin Phoenix, best actress Renee Zellweger and best supporting actor Pitt posing with their Oscars in the photo room during the Academy Awards.

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Pose star Billy Porter had promised a surprise for Sunday’s Oscars red carpet — and he delivered with a gold-filled grand entrance.

Porter, who has dominated red carpets in the past year with headline-grabbing, gender-fluid outfits, kicked off the 92nd Academy Awards celebrations in a Giles Deacon custom couture outfit, rocking a gold-feathered top and a voluminous printed gown paired with custom Jimmy Choos — also golden.

Actress Regina King, one of the night’s presenters, walked the red carpet in a single-strap light pink Versace gown with a diamond-laced top.

“I think it works with the weather because it’s warm,” King said, jokingly referring to the chilly weather outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best supporting actress nominee and Hollywood royalty Laura Dern also chose pink for this year’s awards ceremony. She graced the red carpet in a pale pink gown featuring a top encrusted with draped black crystals.

Julia Butters, the 10-year-old actress who starred in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, chose a pink dress with puffy sleeves and reportedly stashed a turkey sandwich in her designer purse.

“Butters brought a turkey sandwich in her purse because ‘I don’t like some of the food here,’” Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman wrote in a Twitter post that showed a photo of a smirking Butters and her sandwich.

Pitt, who won the statuette for best supporting actor, and DiCaprio, a nominee for the best actor award, both wore tuxedos with a bow tie, and both showed up unaccompanied.

Fresh from her triumph at the Grammy Awards, singer Billie Eilish hit the red carpet in oversized Chanel jacket and pants, while Little Women star Saoirse Ronan, who is nominated in the best actress category, sported bangs and a multicoloured gown.

But it was not just about glitz and glamour.

Director Spike Lee paid homage to late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant on the Oscars red carpet with a purple and gold jacket with the number 24 embroidered on the lapels — the number of Bryant’s jersey.

Academy award winner Natalie Portman delivered a statement on Hollywood’s poor record on gender equality with a Dior cape embroidered with the names of female directors.

Portman said she wanted to “recognise the women who are ... not recognised for their incredible work this year.”

Wearing a crystal-studded, hooded Ralph Lauren gown that reportedly took 600 hours to make, actress and singer Janelle Monae delivered her message during a pre-show interview with Porter.

“I think the important takeaway is to listen to black women,” Monae said when asked about her role in Harriet, a movie about the life of slavery-era hero Harriet Tubman. “When we are in positions of leadership, when we have your support we can do the unthinkable.” — Reuters