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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Nicole Kidman, Lily James and Co lead stars dressed to impress


BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Back in style for the Oscars, how Nicole Kidman and Co dressed to impress for the return of awards ceremony

Tuxedo jacket slung over the shoulder and practical party pumps on, Nicole Kidman had one message ahead of the Oscars this weekend: ‘I’m out on the town again.’

Two years since the red carpet was last rolled out, stars were clearly glad to get back to the old ways ahead of the 94th Academy Awards last night.

At an Armani party in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Nicole Kidman admitted it was ‘the first time I’ve been out’ due to the pandemic.

Lily James, primly dressed in a classic Chanel suit, rubbed shoulders with Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Stewart, Jessie Buckley

Nicole Kidman admitted it was ¿the first time I¿ve been out¿ due to the pandemic

Nicole Kidman admitted it was ‘the first time I’ve been out’ due to the pandemic and Lily James was primly dressed in a classic Chanel suit

She told the Daily Mail: ‘I’ve been off the radar and I’ve been super strict with myself. The reality is I’ve had to be. I didn’t want to catch Covid and miss going to the Oscars.’

Miss Kidman, 54, added that a hamstring injury had also forced her to spend more time indoors. ‘It was particularly painful,’ she said. ‘But it made for a great excuse to stay home and just be a mamma.’

Miss Kidman was up for a best actress award at last night’s Oscars for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos.

Celebrity sightings had been few and far between – so much so that fans chased after a limo carrying action film star Mark Wahlberg as it drove past the Armani event. ‘See, they’ve been starved,’ Miss Kidman quipped.

A few miles away on the Fox Studios lot, Dame Judi Dench, 87, arrived at the Night Before fundraising event along with Javier Bardem, Andrew Garfield and the stars of Sian Heder’s CODA, which was a favourite to win best picture.

Dame Judi was a best supporting actress nominee for her role in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s film Belfast.

Dylan Meyer, left, and Kristen Stewart arrive at the Chanel 13th annual pre-Oscar Awards Dinner

Jessie Buckley also attended the event

Dylan Meyer and Kristen Stewart rubbed shoulders with Jessie Buckley when arriving at the Chanel 13th annual pre-Oscar Awards Dinner

Stars also attended a dinner hosted by Chanel and producer Charles Finch at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Lily James, primly dressed in a classic Chanel suit, rubbed shoulders with Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Stewart, Jessie Buckley and Belfast star Caitriona Balfe.

Those heading to yesterday’s Oscars left the dinner early. ‘We’re like a line-up of Cinderellas running home before the clock strikes midnight,’ joked Miss James, who starred in the 2015 live action Disney film Cinderella.

She has been the talk of the town in recent months thanks to her performance as Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson in the TV series Pam & Tommy.

The Academy has imposed stringent Covid safety rules on the event, insisting attendees have two negative PCR tests.

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