Oscar stars ravishing in red

2008-02-26 00:00

LOS ANGELES — Gloomy movies may have seized the spotlight at this year’s Academy Awards, but it was bold, vivid red that reigned on the Oscar red carpet and cut through the cold gray of a rare rainy day in Hollywood.

Under plastic sheeting above the red carpet, stars like Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigl and Heidi Klum stood out with varying hues of crimson on their gowns.

Hathaway chose a crimson Marchesa gown, its only shoulder strap covered with silk roses. The draped dress, fitted with a long train, was a liability in the rain, the actress said. “I have a lot of fabric to be responsible for. I didn’t want it to get wet,” Hathaway said.

Supermodel Klum, host of television’s Project Runway, wore a scarlet Galliano gown to raise awareness of women’s heart disease.

Mirren, last year’s Best Actress winner, opted for a George Chakra gown the colour of garnets with sparkling, beaded sleeves and back.

And Best Supporting Actress nominee Ruby Dee wore, fittingly, ruby red.

“Red was huge and I think that was so appropriate considering people were ready to celebrate,” said Ryan Patterson, supervising producer at TV entertainment show Access Hollywood.

Shades of cabernet were the colours for Jessica Alba and Cate Blanchett.

Men took some risks on the red carpet. Best Actor nominee Viggo Mortensen wore a 19th century-style morning coat with a red rose on the lapel, while Wesley Snipes chose a dark violet suit.

Adding a bit of whimsy to the red carpet, the team behind animated feature Ratatouille, including director Brad Bird, wore lapel pins featuring a rat wearing a chef’s hat.

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