Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 02:18 GMT
Hollywood's annual fashion show
Stars arrive at the Oscars decked out in expensive jewellery
From feminine frills to foxy frocks, Hollywood's annual Academy Awards are often more about fashion that film - and this year is no exception.
One of the first to arrive at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was Gwyneth Paltrow who has been nominated for a best actress award.
Britain's Brenda Blethyn has had a dress especially made for the occasion too. Before the ceremony she said:
"Every camera crew one stops and talks to on your way up the red carpet wants to know what you're wearing, who made your shoes, who made the dress, who did your hair, who did your make-up. I mean it's bizarre."
She was last at the event two years ago when she had been nominated for her part in Breaking The Waves.
"I feel less nervous this time, but it seems more chaotic this time," she said as she arrived, adding that she was excited.
Lynn Redgrave, in the running for her role in Gods And Monsters, arrived in a baby blue silk dress with a matching shawl over her arms.
Kathy Bates, nominated for best supporting actress, arrived on the red carpet in a flattering grey number and said she was thrilled just to be there.
Male attendees traditionally wear more sober dinner jackets. An elegant Sir Ian McKellen said he was jittery about the evening as he arrived at the event.
"Of course, I'm nervous - but excited," said the star, nominated for his performance in Gods And Monsters.
Asked if he had any message for the fans watching at home, he said: "Go to bed, for goodness' sake."