The Latest: Zazie Beetz talks ‘Joker’ on Oscars red carpet
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local):
Zazie Beetz says she considered her role in “Joker” to be a “career-changing and life-changing experience” — and that hasn’t been shaken by criticisms that the film is “dangerous” or “irresponsible.”
“I was so thrilled to see a story like this and see it get shared,” Beetz said Sunday before the Oscars. “To be a part of it has been wonderful.”
“Joker” is the leading nominee heading into Sunday’s ceremony with 11 nods, including for best picture.
An origin story about the classic Batman villain, “Joker” has been a blockbuster hit but divisive with critics, some of whom worried audience members might see Joaquin Phoenix’s character as an inspiration or excuse to act out. Warner Bros. was even prompted in September to declare the film is not “an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.”
“It’s been in my heart from the beginning,” said Beetz, who also praised Phoenix for calling out the industry’s issues with diversity.
“Joker” composure Hildur Guðnadóttir also praised Phoenix, and recalled watching the best actor nominee listen to her score on set.
— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) on the Oscars red carpet.
The Oscars red carpet has started with an unwelcome guest — hard rain and a blast of cold air.
Rain was a possibility for Sunday, so the carpet is protected with a large tent. But just as stars like Billy Porter and Tamron Hall arrived, the skies above the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood opened up in a downpour.
The position of some camera crews had them just outside the tent, sending them scrambling to find tarps and plastic to protect their gear.
“Oh my God the tent is leaking,” said one photographer who noticed a hole over the massive Oscars sign.
Harried staff are running around with squeegees trying to bump excess water off the tent.
Temperatures were in the high 50s on Sunday, which is considered cold in Los Angeles.
The downpour didn’t dampen the red carpet looks of early arrivals, including Porter. The “Pose” star wore a glistening, gold metallic top with a feather effect and a full skirt depicting the interior of the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.
— Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Lindsey Bahr on the red carpet (@nekesamumbi and @ldbahr on Twitter)
The Oscars are here, already.
After the shortest awards season in decades, the 92nd annual Academy Awards will get underway Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The red carpet is being rolled out two to three weeks earlier than usual in a bid to freshen up a ceremony and potentially boost ratings.
Fittingly for a fast race, a movie about a mad dash has risen to the top of the heap. After winning nearly every major precursor award, Sam Mendes’ “1917” is the favorite for best picture. But many believe the Korean thriller “Parasite” has a chance at an upset.
The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. EST, telecast live on ABC.