What had us talking: Oscars red carpet, Zim censors ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’


“There were no train wrecks. There was no Helena Bonham Carter moment,” Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee said about the 87th Academy Awards red carpet, which took place on Sunday evening in Los Angeles.

Necklaces however made big statements and were seen on some of the Hollywood’s top actors, like Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson. 

Actress Scarlett Johansson wears a Versace dress as she and husband Romain Dauriac arrive at the awards. (Reuters)

Actor Margot Robbie in a Van Cleef and Arpels necklace. (Reuters)

Actor Zoe Saldana. (Reuters)

Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle magazine, welcomed a turn away from strapless. And he was most impressed by a few of the heavily embellished dresses that appeared more beads and sequins than fabric. “They almost looked moulded. And the whole neckline situation has been great in terms of the variety,” he said. 

Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o stole the show in a custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl-and-ivory beaded dress by Francisco Costa, the brand’s creative director for women. And by beads, we mean more than 6 000 of them in various sizes, culminating in a strappy back.  – Sapa-AP

JK Simmons, who won best support actor in Whiplash, and Lupita Nyongo. (Reuters)

Here are some more smouldering looks from the night:

Voila Davis. (Reuters)

Singer John Legend and wife model Chrissy Teigen. (Reuters)

Let’s not forget that Ida, co-produced by South Africa’s Fugard Theatre founder Eric Abraham, took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film last night.

Zimbabwe’s ‘Fifty Shades’ moment

Zimbabweans going to the movies had to watch a tame version of Fifty Shades of Grey after censors ordered an edit of the film adaption of the bestselling erotic novel. Now the film has been removed by movie distributors who say the edits hack away too much of the story.

The censors demanded that erotic scenes from the R-rated drama be deleted before it is shown in the southern African country. “There are scenes in the film that are just too indecent to be shown to the public,” said Isaac Chiranganyika, the Board of Censors secretary, on Friday. 

A scene from Fifty Shades of Grey. (Supplied)

The film based on EL James’s book of the same name, explores themes of bondage and domination. Movie theatres in Zimbabwe were allowed to show a censored version of the film. While most theatres had agreed to run the chopped-up version during its Valentine’s Day premier, all of them have now removed the film, representatives of Ster Kinekor, a local film distribution company, said. – Sapa-AP

Clark Terry dies at 94

Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on The Tonight Show, died over the weekend. He was 94.

Terry’s wife announced his death on his website late Saturday night. Gwen Terry’s statement did not provide further details, and she did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press. “Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he’ll be singing and playing with the angels,” Gwen Terry wrote on the musician’s official Facebook page. 

Terry had been in failing health in recent years after suffering from extreme complications of diabetes. Terry, who had been living in Arkansas, entered into hospice care earlier this month. “The world has lost one of the greatest trumpeters to ever grace the planet,” Quincy Jones wrote on his Facebook page. – Sapa-AP

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