Oscars 2020: Best Director nominee Sam Mendes looks dapper in black suit as he cosies up to wife Alison Balsom on the red carpet

He is one of Hollywood's most acclaimed film directors with a host of hits to his name.

And Sam Mendes looked in good spirits as he walked the red carpet with his wife Alison Balsom at the 92nd annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The director, 54, looked dapper for the show where is is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his work on 1917. 

Dapper: Sam Mendes, 54, walked the red carpet with his wife Alison Balsom, 41, at the 92nd annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday

Dapper: Sam Mendes, 54, walked the red carpet with his wife Alison Balsom, 41, at the 92nd annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday

Sam wore a black blazer with a matching trousers and tie along with a crisp white shirt for the show.

Alison, 41, looked radiant as ever on the red carpet where she wore an eye-catching orange gown.

The musician paired it with a matching shawl with structured shoulders while she styled her blonde locks into an updo.   

Meanwhile, Krysty Wilson-Cairns who co- wrote 1917 with Sam and who is nominated for her first Academy Award joked that she had always dreamed of attending the awards 'but it's like going through an airport.'

Nominee: The director looked dapper for the show where is is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his work on 1917

Nominee: The director looked dapper for the show where is is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his work on 1917

She explained that she hadn't expected metal detectors and the mega level of security.

'It makes sense though! Once you get through and you're on the red carpet it's wonderful ,' she said.

George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman stars of 1917 said it was ' bonkers and spiffing' to be at the Oscars. Chapman said it was an ' honour' to be at the awards.

Jonathan Pryce who plays Pope Francis in The Two Popes said he was 'delighted to find that the Oscars aren't as crazy in real life. It's my first time here. When I've watched on television in the past it looked like bedlam but it's not bedlam.'

He remarked that he feels at home because he has worked in the past with the likes of Al Pacino and a Robert De Niro who were attendees at the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Florence Pugh has received her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Amy in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women. 

Suave: Sam wore a black blazer with a matching trousers and tie along with a crisp white shirt for the show

Suave: Sam wore a black blazer with a matching trousers and tie along with a crisp white shirt for the show 

The Oxford-born actress, 24, is up against the likes of Laura Dern for Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, Margot Robbie for Bombshell and Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell.

Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce, 72, is also nominated for his first Academy Award for his role as Pope Francis in The Two Popes.

Fellow Welsh icon Anthony Hopkins, 82, will be hoping to pick up his second Oscar for his role as Pope Benedict XVI in the film, for which he is recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category.

He will battle Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Al Pacino, The Irishman and Joe Pesci (The Irishman.)

He faces off against multiple-award winner Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Antonio Banderas for Pain & Glory.

Cynthia Erivo is nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for the film Harriet, in which she plays Harriet Tubman, the 19th-century abolitionist and American icon.

British Nigerian Cynthia, 33, who hails from Stockwell, London, will battle it out with awards-season favourite Renee Zellweger for Judy, Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story.

Stunning: Alison looked radiant as ever on the red carpet where she wore an eye-catching orange gown

Stunning: Alison looked radiant as ever on the red carpet where she wore an eye-catching orange gown 

Cynthia is the only person of color in the acting lineup that has renewed the #OscarsSoWhite furore despite four years of efforts to diversify the academy's membership.

While dark comic book movie Joker goes into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations, it's the immersive British World War One movie 1917 that has emerged as the film to beat in the best picture race after winning a slew of accolades in the last five weeks.

The best director category, a controversially all-male affair, is equally hard to call according to Oscar pundits, with a lineup featuring Sam (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite). 

Sam last picked up the Best Director gong in 2000 for American Beauty. 1917 has received 10 nominations including in the revered Best Picture category.

Yet a win for 1917 is far from a foregone conclusion, with South Korean social satire Parasite and sentimental favorite Once Upon a Time in Hollywood from Quentin Tarantino also jostling for attention from the 8,000 voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Joaquin Phoenix has dominated best actor prizes for his terrifying portrayal of an isolated loner in Joker, while Renee Zellweger seems to have locked up best actress for playing an aging Judy Garland in Judy. 

Fashion: The musician paired it with a matching shawl with structured shoulders while she styled her blonde locks into an updo

Fashion: The musician paired it with a matching shawl with structured shoulders while she styled her blonde locks into an updo 

92nd Annual Academy Awards: Winners

BEST PICTURE 

The Irishman

Ford vs Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Parasite - WINNER

 

Incredible: Parasite won four awards including becoming the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture as Bong Joon-ho won Best Director

Incredible: Parasite won four awards including becoming the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture as Bong Joon-ho won Best Director  

BEST ACTRESS 

Cynthia Erivo - Harriet

Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan - Little Women

Charlize Theron - Bombshell

Renée Zellweger - Judy - WINNER

 

BEST ACTOR 

Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory 

Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Adam Driver - Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix - Joker - WINNER

Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes  

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell

Laura Dern - Marriage Story - WINNER

Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh - Little Women

Margot Robbie - Bombshell

 

Golden: Laura Dern was one of the four thespians to have swept award season as she earned Best Supporting Actress

Golden: Laura Dern was one of the four thespians to have swept award season as she earned Best Supporting Actress

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes

Al Pacino - The Irishman

Joe Pesci - The Irishman

Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood - WINNER

 

BEST DIRECTOR  

Bong Joon Ho - Parasite - WINNER

Sam Mendes - 1917

Todd Phillips - Joker

Martin Scorsese - The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women - WINNER

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

The Irishman   

 

BEST SOUND MIXING 

1917 - WINNER

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

Ford V Ferrari - Donald Sylvester

Joker - Alan Robert Murray

1917 - Oliver Tarrney and Rachel Tate - WINNER

One Upon as Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Matthew Wood and David Acord

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

Joker - Hildur Gudnadóttir -  WINNER

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Making history: Hildur Gudnadóttir was the first ever woman to win Best Original Score for Joker

Making history: Hildur Gudnadóttir was the first ever woman to win Best Original Score for Joker

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 

I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I'm Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman - WINNER

I'm Standing With You – Breakthrough

Into the Unknown – Frozen II

Stand Up – Harriet


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4  - WINNER

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love - WINNER

Kitbull

Memorable Sister

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbor’s Window - WINNER

Saria

A Sister

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

American Factory - WINNER

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland   

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) - WINNER

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha    

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 - Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy - WINNER

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  

 

Amazing: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (pictured left to right) are seen accepting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 1917

Amazing: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (pictured left to right) are seen accepting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 1917

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

1917 - Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Knives Out - Rian Johnson

Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino

Parasite - Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han - WINNER

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

The Irishman - Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi - WINNER

Joker - Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Little Women - Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

  

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE 

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Les Miserables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)  - WINNER

 

BEST  PRODUCTION DESIGN

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling - WINNER

Parasite          

 

Glamorous: Nancy Haigh (left) and Barbara Ling accept the Production Design award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Glamorous: Nancy Haigh (left) and Barbara Ling accept the Production Design award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST FILM  EDITING 

Ford v Ferrari - Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker - WINNER

The Irishman - Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit - Tom Eagles

Joker - Jeff Groth

Parasite - Jinmo Yang  

  

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY  

1917 - Roger Deakins - WINNER

The Irishman - Rodrigo Prieto

Joker - Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse - Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Robert Richardson          

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING 

Bombshell -  Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker - WINNER

Joker

Judy

1917

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  

Tremendous trio: Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker - pictured left to right -  won  for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Bombshell

Tremendous trio: Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker - pictured left to right -  won  for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Bombshell

 

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