Our Cate shines on the Oscars red carpet
A SPOT of rain hasn't stopped Hollywood's elite from stepping out for the most glamorous awards event of the year, the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Umbrellas and a large, transparent marquee helped to keep film stars and celebrities picture-perfect after hours of primping and grooming ahead of their arrivals at LA's Dolby Theatre.
But the passing showers were only an occasional hindrance to the film industry's night of nights, where just as much attention is paid to the fashion stakes as to awards themselves.
Australia's best Oscars chance Cate Blanchett has scored yet another style win in her run of flawless choices for awards season, wearing a beaded, nude-coloured gown with pendant earrings.
In contrast rapper and producer Pharrell Williams, favourite to win the gong for Best Original Song, made the odd paring of a bow tie and suit jacket with shorts. But at least he ditched his trademark hat for the event.
But for the women textured whites, creams and golds seemed to be the early trend, with singer Kristin Chenoweth mirroring the golden hues of the Oscars statuettes in her strapless, structured gown.
American figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski looked a bit like a couple about to walk down the aisle, with Lipinski in a white chiffon gown and Weir in an all-white suit jacket, shirt and pants with crystal-encrusted loafers, bow tie and ring.
Aussie actress Portia De Rosi, partner of awards host Ellen DeGeneres, looked stunning in a figure-hugging cream lace halter-neck gown.
Frozen star Kristen Bell also looked a bit like a bride in her pale silver, strapless gown.
But there were splashes of colour as well, with stage and screen legend Liza Minnelli sporting a streak of blue in her jet black hair to match her cobalt blue pant suite and Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence sticking to clean lines with a red strapless gown.