Oscars Red Carpet: Everything That Wasn't Seen on TV

Charlize Theron crossed the ropes to hug George Miller, Rooney Mara weighed in on the Spirit Awards' spoof of 'Carol' and Jacob Tremblay revealed his favorite actor that he's gotten to meet.
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Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes and Rooney Mara on the red carpet

The three-hour Oscars red carpet it the final step before the big show and the end of awards season. The nominated actors, writers, directors and producers, after months of interviews and campaigning, do one final walk down a long red carpet on Hollywood Blvd. before entering the Dolby Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter was on the red carpet Sunday to capture all the funny stories, unexpected interactions and odd happenings on Hollywood's big night. Here are some of the highlights:

2:30 p.m.: The Oscars red carpet is officially open. Hundreds of press and standing alongside the carpet waiting for the nominees. Wolfgang Puck and his chefs do their annual walk of the carpet, handing out gold-flaked mini Oscar statuettes.

2:40 p.m.: The first nominee to walk to carpet arrives. It's Love Larson and Eva von Bahr for The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

2:43 p.m.: The Revenant sound designer Chris Duesterdiek, nominated for sound mixing, admits he was nervous on the drive over to the Dolby theater. He told THR he like the idea of the scroll that will list the people the nominees would like to thank. “I think it’s a good idea. I can just imagine you get up there and your frontal lobe melts and you go, 'I’d like to thank my cat, my grade 2 art teacher.' So to figure it out ahead of time is really handy," he told THR.

2:50 p.m.: Sian Grigg, nominated for makeup and hair for The Revenant, has been working with Leonardo DiCaprio since he did Titanic. "He's definitely looking a little older now, but he's got amazing skin. I wish I had skin like his," she said. She said the biggest challenge on their latest film was the bear attack. "The aftermath of the bear attack was a massive makeup job for us. Just to get that look -- it took us four months to get that one down," she said.

3:02 p.m.: The nominated writers of Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, said they have found it "exciting and a large responsibility" to be asked to weigh in on the diversity issue over the past few weeks. On a lighter note, Herman said at a recent Q&A he was asked by a viewer if he thought Tupac was still alive. "I said, 'Maybe you know something I don't,'" he says.

3:06 p.m.: Josh Singer, the nominated co-writer of Spotlight, attended a protest the morning of the Oscars in downtown L.A. "Basically, we're trying to increase awareness and put a little more pressure on the church to hold bishops accountable and have a little more transparency and do a better job protecting kids."

3:10 p.m.: Forrest Goodluck, the young actor who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's character's son in The Revenant, poses with a cutout poster of Leo that a reporter hands him on the red carpet.

3:19 p.m.: Abraham Attah, who won the best actor award on Saturday night at the Indie Spirit Awards for his role in Beasts of No Nation, is presenting at the Oscars. "I didn't write a speech down," he admits. "When I heard 'Abraham,' I thought, 'I have to start preparing a speech before walking to the stage!'"

3:20 p.m.: Daisy Ridley, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is asked for her favorite movie like from her film. "That's not how The Force works," she says with a smile.

3:42 p.m.: Diane Warren, nominated for best original song with Lady Gaga, says she didn't have an early heads up on the fact that Vice President Joe Biden would be introducing Gaga for her performance. "I heard when everybody else did! He's very passionate about the issue and he really loves the song," she says of "Til It Happens to You."

4 p.m.: Room star Jacob Tremblay, who had met everyone from Steven Spielberg to Leonardo DiCaprio this awards season, reveals his favorite star: Oscar Isaac. "He's in Star Wars and he's my favorite character in Star Wars." Tremblay asked Isaac if it was "creepy to see toys of himself." "He said 'No, but it's creepy to see you on yogurt and blankets,'" says Tremblay.



4:10 p.m.: Martian nominated screenwriter Drew Goddard says his favorite event of awards season was a group dinner of just the other screenwriting nominees. "That was the most fun because I got to hang out with all the other screenwriters and I love screenwriters. You're not allowed to bring anyone else," he says. "It was mostly us supporting and complaing about this business," he adds. 

4:13 p.m. Brie Larson, wearing a bright blue gown, walks past taking the "express lane," a center aisle that allows them to skip any red carpet interviews. Eddie Redmayne follows soon after. Minutes later, Margot Robbie also rushes down the "express lane."

4:17 p.m.: Nominated director Lenny Abrahamson of Room speaks about his star, Larson. "She's gone from being having this interesting, left field career to being absolutely at the center of the spotlight, and that's happened over six months. I don't think anyone can be unaffected by that but I think Brie understands what's important and she's the sort of person who would never let herself fall into some of the things that happen to people when they get famous," he says.

4:30 p.m.: George Miller, director of Mad Max, says a woman recently came up to him with some interesting news: "She said, 'I've just had a baby daughter and I'm calling her Furiosa after the movie because I want her to grow up strong,'" he says, adding that he's also been shown tattoos and lots of fan art based on the film.

4:48 p.m.: Sylvester Stallone walks by in the "express lane" and the crowds begin chanting "Rocky! Rocky!"

4:50 p.m.: Charlize Theron is rushing down the "express lane," but stops when she sees Mad Max director George Miller talking to press. She stops and reaches across the ropes to give him a big hug.

4:54 p.m.: Rooney Mara says she loved the spoof of her film Carol that showed during the Indie Spirit Awards. "It was hilarious. I’m finally in a comedy! That’s probably the funniest thing I’ll ever be in," she says. She recounted one of her favorite memories from Carol, at one of its earliest screenings. "At Telluride, which is my favorite film festival, I got stuck at a screening one night and I didn’t have a ride. Laura Linney was there, so she gave me a ride. I love her," she says.

4:59 p.m.: The Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu is asked about diversity in the industry. "I think the problem is a much more complicated problem, it's a cultural problem," he says. "The endo fthe chain is here at the Academy, we have to start at the beginning of the chain."

5 p.m.: Leonardo DiCaprio flies by in the "express" lane but stops briefly to shake hands with Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman.

5:15 p.m.: Tennis star Roger Federer is one of the last to arrive on the red carpet. Invited by Harvey Weinstein, Federer walks the carpet as it begins to empty out. He takes a shot with Jimmy Kimmel reporter Guillermo, who has been giving them out on the red carpet all night, and then rushes inside.

5:29 p.m.: Moments before the show begins, Kate Winslet rushed by. It seems she is the last to walk the carpet, but, after nearly all the press has left, a gaggle of people can be seen making a last-minute rush down the carpet. It's Jennifer Lawrence and her entourage, who makes it into the show just before it begins.

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