The red carpet is back.
After the coronavirus pandemic forced awards shows to be cancelled or go virtual over the past year, movie stars and Hollywood A-listers returned on Sunday (April 25, US date) strutting their stuff, live and in person, on perhaps the most iconic red carpet of all: at the Oscars.
It was a smaller-than-usual affair with fewer celebrities and cameras – and strict Covid-19 protocols in place.
But there was no less glamour to grace the carpet set up at Los Angeles' Mission Revival-style Union Station, where the 93rd annual Academy Awards will take place this year.
Wearing a double-breasted black tuxedo, actor Paul Raci, 73, was among the first to step in front of microphones on the carpet.
"I don't think I could have it any other way; it means a lot. It's perfect," said Raci, who has been nominated for best supporting actor for his role in the movie The Sound of Metal.
TV hosts and personalities described a pent-up red carpet energy that could sweep the scene on Sunday with stars and spectators alike eager to put on a show to forget, albeit temporarily, the rigour of 2020.
Minari's star Steven Yeun, one of the nominees for best actor, said it felt "strange" to be out and interacting with people.
"I haven't talked to random people in a while, so this is crazy," said Yeun, 37.
Some of the others on the red carpet aside from the actors and actresses wore masks, and interviewers kept their social distance from their subjects. – Reuters