Oscars 2019: Red Carpet Arrivals!

A star-studded lineup of presenters pick up the slack.

There are two Australian hopes this year: screenwriter Tony McNamara and production designer Fiona Crombie.

Australian Tony McNamara has been nominated for co-writing "The Favourite".

They also focus on American movies, limiting Oscar nominees like Roma and The Favourite, which are both nominated for best worldwide film.

"It's tricky", Crombie told AAP when asked if she was comfortable with being the short-priced production design category favourite.

ABC's red carpet coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT with Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live, which will stream exclusively on Twitter via the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' page (@TheAcademy). The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards in various categories were announced nearly a month ago and the list was a combination of awards season favourites, surprise entries and some shocking entries. No foreign language film has ever won best picture, and no movie has ever won both. Tennis champion Serena Williams and talk show host Trevor Noah will also appear on the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood in a bid to broaden the show's appeal beyond movie fans.

But civil rights dramedy "Green Book" has overcome controversy to remain on the radar and could benefit from the Academy's complex preferential voting system to snatch the top prize.

The Spirit Awards limit nominees to films with budgets pf $20 million and under, eliminating bigger budget contenders like Black Panther and A Star Is Born.

Without a host for the first time in 30 years, there's also curiosity over whether organizers can return the Academy Awards to a must-see television event after a record low audience in 2018. Kevin Hart stepped down as host following a backlash over his previous homophobic comments and tweets.

So cute: Glenn Close was one of the first to be seen as she modeled a purple suit. Pundits, however, expect that statuette to go to Glenn Close for "The Wife", who would finally clinch an Oscar on her 7th attempt. Nominees include stars like Lady Gaga, Emma Stone, Rami Malek, Regina King, Mahershala Ali and more.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the newcomer disrupts in this case".

"It's very hard for me to accept the win-lose situation".

Gaga is also competing for best actress for her role as a struggling singer in "A Star is Born".

The Academy - desperate to boost television ratings that have plummeted in recent years - is trying to stick to a three-hour telecast, but it hit a few bumps along the way.

Queen, the band at the center of the Oscar-nominated film "Bohemian Rhapsody", is slated to perform.

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