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
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
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
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
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
92nd Annual Academy Awards: Winners
Ford vs Ferrari
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
Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Renée Zellweger - Judy - WINNER
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
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
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
Little Women - WINNER
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
BEST SOUND MIXING
1917 - WINNER
Ford v Ferrari
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
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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
Toy Story 4 - WINNER
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Hair Love - WINNER
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbor’s Window - WINNER
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
American Factory - WINNER
The Edge of Democracy
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
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
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
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood - Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling - WINNER
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
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
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