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Oscars 2019: Stars Spike Lee, Glenn Close Arrive at Show

February 24, 2019 - 4:26 pm
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Glenn Close, considered by many to be a sure thing to win her first Oscar, says she got emotional before arriving at the ceremony.

The 71-year-old nominee for best actress in "The Wife" says on the red carpet that she's not nervous but she became overwhelmed earlier Sunday thinking about what winning an Oscar would mean and how long she's been in show business. It is Close's seventh Oscar nomination, and she is the most decorated living actress to not have won an Academy Award yet.

Close says she hopes she can keep it together during the show.

She wore a shimmering gold gown that she says has four million beads on it and weighs 42 pounds.

If they were handing out Oscars for biggest round of applause on the red carpet, Spike Lee would be the hands-down winner among early arrivals.

Fans erupted with cheers and raucous screams of "Spiiiiike," as the director of "BlackKkKlansman" arrived.

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Startled photographers rushed over to see what the fuss was all about.

The afternoon's second biggest applause for Regina King, who hurried down the red carpet with a companion holding her train.

Elsewhere "Spider-Man: Into the -Verse" directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman paused to chat with writers and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

"You doing press? We'll see you in there," Miller said, making a prayer sign and dashing off for the less chaotic comforts of the Dolby Theatre.

Richard E. Grant has prepared for Oscar night in a most unusual way.

The supporting-actor nominee for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" jumped on a trampoline after having breakfast with co-star and fellow nominee Melissa McCarthy and her family. He posted a video on Twitter , which included McCarthy laughing in what the actor described as her "her signature giggle!"

Grant says jumping around was his way of "keeping it real." The British actor is a first-time nominee and has said he has no expectation he'll win , so he's just basking in the glory of the moment.

Some Oscar goers are welcoming the news of singer R. Kelly being jailed in Chicago on charges of sex abuse involving underage girls.

Actor Brian Tyree Henry of "If Beale Street Could Talk" says he's "really glad justice is happening." He says he wants the alleged victims to be heard and vindicated. Henry also says it's time for people to stop purchasing Kelly's R&B music.

Diane Warren, a best original song nominee for the documentary "RGB," says Kelly "should be prosecuted. It's beyond not buying his music."

Questlove, drummer for The Roots, calls Kelly's arrest on Friday "justice well-deserved." He credits the "brave women" who came forward to tell authorities their stories and says believing the women is very important.

-Associated Press