The Oscars songs have a pre-show. Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried walk the red carpet. By Reuters

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By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran American songwriter Diane Warren and Britain’s Celeste performed some of the Oscar-nominated songs as the stars walked the first big red carpet in a year on Sunday, sooner than it could be. a historic night at the Academy Awards. Four of the five original song performances were recorded in advance on the roof of the soon-to-open Academy Museum in Los Angeles, and aired in a pre-show in a major change to the traditional Oscars ceremony. Swedish singer Molly Sanden recorded “Husavik” from the comedy parody “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga” in Iceland, backed by a children’s choir in patterned sweaters and a fireworks display. . “I’m here at the Oscars,” said Warren, nominated for best song for “Io Si” (“Seen”) on the red carpet. “A more moderate Oscar, but we are still at the Oscars.” “Promising Young Woman” actress Carey Mulligan, “Hillbilly Elegy” nominee Glenn Close, and 9-year-old “Minari” star Alan Kim were among the first to arrive at Union Station in Los Angeles, Mission style. Revival, which is being used for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. After strict COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols, many celebrities did not wear masks and were later shown chatting on an outdoor patio before the ceremony. “There are people everywhere!” said “Mank” supporting actress nominee Amanda Seyfried. Social distancing and travel restrictions forced a complete rethink of the ceremony. Some nominees will join via satellite from international locations. Hollywood’s drive for diversity over the past five years could lead to all four acting awards, as well as the best director trophy, for people of color for the first time in 93-year history of the highest honors in the business. of the cinema. Few of the winners appear to be locked in after a lengthy awards season, but “Nomadland,” the Chinese-native Chloe Zhao’s slow-motion quasi documentary about the traveling community of American truck dwellers, is considered a favorite. to take home the best. picture. Zhao brought two of the van’s inhabitants who appeared as themselves in the film to Sunday’s ceremony. If Zhao, 39, wins the award for best director, she will be only the second woman and the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award in that field. “The Chicago 7 Trial,” set against the backdrop of protests from the Vietnam War, is seen as “Nomadland’s” strongest rival for best picture, award experts say. The other best picture nominees are the 1930s Hollywood drama “Mank,” which led with 10 nominations; revenge tale “Promising young woman”, story of a Korean immigrant family “Minari”, biographical film on civil rights “Judas and the Black Messiah”, demented tale “The father” and “Sound of metal”, about a deaf drummer. The winners are chosen by secret ballot by the 9,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The lead actress race is on, with Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”), Vanessa Kirby (NYSE 🙂 (“Pieces of a Woman “) and Andra Day (United States v. Billie Holiday”) vying for the award. Late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, 43, appears to be in line for his first Oscar, for his latest film role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” But Briton Anthony Hopkins, who plays a man battling dementia in “The Father,” could be rewarded, while Riz Ahmed’s deaf punk drummer in “Sound of Metal “is seen as another possible winner for best actor.