By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Regina King brought Old Hollywood alive on the Oscar red carpet Sunday in a romantic white gown with a touch of sparkle and a long train, while Emilia Clarke in lavender looked every bit young ingenues.
King, nominated for "If Beale Street Could Talk," paired her strapless ruched look with a white gold and diamond bracelet and pear-shaped diamond drop earrings from Chopard.
Thank you, Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon, for the queen-worthy pale gold custom look created for nominee Glenn Close. It was by far her standout look of the awards season, with a cape, hand-embroidery and glass bugle beads. It took 40 craftsmen and 3 million beads.
Clarke, of "Game of Thrones" fame, went sparkly strapless in an asymmetrical neck design.
Spike Lee was a study in a hue of purple favored by the late music icon Prince, one of his heroes, from his billed cap to his round glasses to his suit. He was on Instagram over the weekend bubbling about the sneakers. Foot flash has been a trademark as he made his way through the awards circuit for his "BlacKkKlansman."
Lee showed off "Hate" and "Love" rings worn by the late Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem in the director's "Do the Right Thing."
Yalitza Aparicio, who shined as Cleo in "Roma," walked in a one-shoulder, mint green gown with an embellished overlay. She wore her long dark hair down in a middle part as she posed on the carpet in her princess look.
Laura Harrier, who played the love interest in "BlacKkKlansman," wore a stunner of a green and red jeweled choker with her sexy ice blue body hugger that sparkled on the carpet and included a high slit. It was bespoke Louis Vuitton done in organic crepe silk with glass bead and Swarovski crystal shard detailing.
Attending his first Oscar ceremony, "If Beale Street Could Talk" star Stephan James went for three pieces in red velvet, including a vest. He went for white for the feet.
Melissa McCarthy worked her white cape like a boss as she posed in a pant look, black from the waist down and plunging white and long-sleeved on top. Linda Cardellini earned the That's a Lot of Fabric Award in a red high-low look that was ruffled from shoulders to train.