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Sun comes out as stars arrive on Oscars red carpet

Published on Mar 3, 2014 7:44 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The world's top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on Sunday to honour a year of high-quality film and crown the best picture, a cliffhanger race led by 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before the first movie stars began arriving on the red carpet for Hollywood's biggest night.

Workers unwrapped the giant golden Oscar statues and prepared a slightly soggy carpet for the glamorous parade of A-listers in designer dresses and tuxedos.

The 86th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian and day-time talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who producers are banking on to deliver an entertaining yet tasteful three-hour show after critics widely panned last year's ceremony and host Seth MacFarlane's provocative humour.

As the crowds along Hollywood Boulevard cheered on arriving talent, nominees celebrated the end of the long awards season and the culmination of work on their films.

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