Not Your Parents’ Oscars: Diversity on display as stars prepare for the Academy Awards

HOLLYWOOD — The awards shows leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night have shown us that we can expect pomp and circumstance again at the Oscars, but this won’t be your parents’ Oscars show, producers say.

“I also think we need it,” said producer Shayla Cowan. “We need to see people. We need to see smiles. When you see that, it becomes contagious, you know?”

Previous complaints about a lack of diversity have been met with a wide range of films reflecting different cultures and the first Japanese film to ever compete for the top Best Picture trophy.

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Drive My Car is a personal film that’s gaining traction in the wake of a pandemic, while Coda has gained traction for the same reason.

With “Belfast” the director looked back on his childhood in Northern Ireland, while “The Power of the Dog” is set in Montana but filmed in New Zealand.

Playing a married couple, Kirsten Dunst and her partner Jesse Plemons have both been nominated.

“We don’t have to work together on any chemistry,” Dunst said. “You know, it’s just naturally there.”

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are also nominated married, and what a moment for both couples as the red carpet is back at the Oscars.

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Winning a trophy from his fellow actors got Will Smith thinking about his young co-stars.

“They said, ‘Mr. Will, whatever comes out of this night, you have to introduce us to Andrew Garfield,'” he said during his acceptance speech. “So all I could think about all night was, ‘I can’t leave this awards show without finding Andrew Ggarfield and introducing her to these girls, can I?'”

Mark your calendar: March 27th is Oscar Sunday. Red Carpet special coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET 10:00 a.m. PT and continues throughout the day leading up to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Stay tuned to “On The Red Carpet” after the last awards show for continued coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscars news and information. Click here to download our CTV apps and watch “On The Red Carpet” wherever you stream.

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