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A crowd of glitter was avoided at the Oscars, but the perfumed rustle of gowns and the celestial bodies who carry them did mount the red carpet (glory be!). For our purposes, we select two stars whose sartorial choice closely reflected their Oscar-worthy roles. British actress Carey Mulligan has been known for her demure, subdued style in her previous awards outings. This year, her metallic gold Valentino ensemble quickened heartbeats—the billowing skirt and the bandeau top spoke of her tough act in Promising Young Woman, about a girl who nurses a tragedy, then sacrifices herself in a startling act of revenge. Our other notable, Amanda Seyfried, had a simpler choice, Harking back to Golden Hollywood, which she inhabits (in Mank) and embodies (in the persona of actress Marion Davies). Her bold, red gown breathes power, privilege and sex appeal. Do the bust ruffles look strange? Stranger things went on in movietown 80 years ago.

The Oscars ceremony this year was shorn of the ostentation at the Dolby Theatre—the gleaming, grand stage, the tiered wave of applause and the delicately-lit massed ranks of tuxedos and gowns. But the venue chosen did not lack in grandeur: LA’s Union Station, a towered Art Deco masterpiece, with a clean, spacious, high-vaulted interior, built at a time when rail stations were a fit subject for architectural splendour. The winners and nominees were the most racially diverse ever, while top movies were united in their handling of themes sober, solemn, grim and saturated in conflict. The Best Picture was Nomadland—a hauntingly beautiful paean to the loss of one American dream, the call of the road and the aftertones of grief. Chloe Zhao won Best Director for it and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for her unsentimental, unforgettable portrayal of a maverick. Anthony Hopkins, that grizzled veteran, won Best Actor for The Father, and plays the eponymous Anthony, a dementia patient, with uncommon brio: bluff bravado in one scene, heartwrenching vulnerability in another. A similar performance was seen in Daniel Kaluuya’s impersonation of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah—his heavy-lidded Hampton soars into powerful peroration, then swoops into the darkest depths of reflection. His was a Best Supporting Actor effort. Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress for her quirkily funny grandmother in Minari, about an immigrant Korean family in ‘80s US. The cinematography Oscar went to the luscious black/white imageryof Erik Messerschmidt for Mank—a biographical tribute to the man who co-wrote the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941) with Orson Welles, Herman Mankiewicz. And pals, one of the greatest movies of all time won just one Oscar: Best Screenplay.

Halle Berry arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Dionne Harmon, left, and Jeannae Rouzan Clay arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Terence Blanchard, left, and Robin Burgess arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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H.E.R. arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Emerald Fennell arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Andra Day arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Zendaya arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Sofia Sondervan arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Elvira Lind arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Regina King, left, and Aldis Hodge arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Thomas Vinterberg, left, and Helene Reingaard Neumann arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Sophia Nahli Allison arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Michael Govier arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Garrett Bradley, left, and Azikiwe Mohammed, arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Pippa Ehrlich arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Emily Arlook, left, and Will McCormack arrive at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Carey Mulligan arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Amanda Seyfried arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Maria Bakalova arrives at the Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Tyler Perry, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, poses in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Thomas Vinterberg, from Denmark poses with the award for best international feature film for "Another Round" in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Pippa Ehrlich, left, and James Reed pose in the press room with the award for best documentary feature for "My Octopus Teacher" at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Tiara Thomas, from left, H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II, winners of the award for best original song for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah," pose in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Emerald Fennell, winner of the award for best original screenplay for "Promising Young Woman," poses in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Director/Producer Chloe Zhao, winner of the award for best picture for "Nomadland," poses in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Producers Peter Spears, from left, Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for "Nomadland," pose in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Michael Govier, left, and Will McCormack pose in the press room with the award for best animated short film for "If Anything Happens I Love You at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Phillip Bladh, from left, Carlos Cortes, Michellee Couttolenc and Jaime Baksht, winners of the award for best sound for "Sound of Metal," pose in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Mia Neal, from left, Jamika Wilson and Sergio Lopez-Rivera, winners of the award for best makeup and hairstyling for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," pose in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Daniel Kaluuya, winner of the award for best actor in a supporting role for "Judas and the Black Messiah," poses in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Martin Desmond Roe, left, and Travon Free pose with award for best live action short film for "Two Distant Strangers" in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Yuh-Jung Youn, winner of the award for best actress in a supporting role for "Minari," poses in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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Florian Zeller smiles as he holds his Oscars statuette after winning the Best Adapted Screenplay for the 'The Father' at a screening of the Oscars in Paris, France.

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Erik Messerschmidt, left, winner of the award for best cinematography for "Mank" and Halle Berry, right, pose in the press room at the Oscars, at Union Station in Los Angeles.

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What more could you want after winning four Oscars? Duh, dinner of course! After Bong Joon-ho received an eight-minute standing ovation, he quickly thanked the exuberant crowd and muttered, “Let’s all go home.” Pray, why? “It was almost midnight. The actors and I were very hungry ­because we couldn’t eat dinner,” he explained on The Tonight Show. So ravenous were they that they kept saying “We’re so hungry” to each other and the Oscars video subtitled even that!

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Anthony Ramos, left, and Jasmine Cephas Jones arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Spike Lee arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Rooney Mara arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Diane Warren, left, signs Sandy Powell's blazer on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Alison Balsom, left, and Sam Mendes arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Brad Pitt arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Sandra Oh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Patricia Taylor, left, and Keanu Reeves arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Mindy Kaling arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Florence Pugh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Kelly Marie Tran arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Maya Rudolph arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Geena Davis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Saoirse Ronan arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Salma Hayek arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Penelope Cruz arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Portman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Renee Zellweger arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Paul Khoury, left, takes a photo of Ashley Green in the carpet as they arrive at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.

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Bleona arrives at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.

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Frida Aasen arrives at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood, California.

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Janelle Monae arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Ellery Harper, from left, Jaya Harper, Diane Ladd, and Laura Dern arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Nicole Kimpel, from left, Antonio Banderas, and Stella Banderas arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Rooney Mara arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Roman Griffin Davis, left, and Archie Yates arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Maya Rudolph, left, and Kristen Wiig present the award for best production design at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Brie Larson, from left, Sigourney Weaver and Gal Gadot introduce a performance by maestro Eimear Noone at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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James Corden, left, and Rebel Wilson present the award for best visual effects at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Cynthia Erivo performs "Stand Up" nominated for the award for best original song from "Harriet" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Idina Menzel, center, performs with international voice actresses that play Elsa in the movie "Frozen II" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Jeff Reichert, from left, Julia Reichert, and Steven Bognar, winners of the award for best documentary feature for "American Factory", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Nancy Haigh, left, and Barbara Ling, winners of the award for best production design for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Portman, from left, Taika Waititi, winner of the award for best adapted screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit", and Timothee Chalamet pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Matthew A. Cherry, left, and Karen Rupert Toliver, winners of the award for best animated short film for "Hair Love", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Elena Andreicheva, left, Carol Dysinger, winners of the award for best documentary short subject for "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Andrew Buckland, left, and Michael McCusker accept the award for best film editing for "Ford v Ferrari" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Stuart Wilson, left, and Mark Taylor, winners of the award for best sound mixing for "1917", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Roger Deakins, winner of the award for best cinematography for "1917", poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Hildur Guonadottir, winner of the award for best original score for "Joker", poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Kwak Sin Ae, left, and Bong Joon Ho, winners of the award for best picture for "Parasite" pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Laura Dern, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Marriage Story", poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Brad Pitt accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Renee Zellweger accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Judy" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Joker" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Joaquin Phoenix, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Joker", from left, Renee Zellweger, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Judy", and Brad Pitt, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", pose in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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A worker walks along the red carpet during preparations for Sunday's red carpet arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Crew workers Rudy Morales, left, and Pascual Rosas roll out the red carpet for Sunday's 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Oscar statues stand outside Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for Sunday's 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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This combination of photos shows lead actress Oscar nominees, from left, Charlize Theron in "Bombshell," Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women," Scarlett Johansson in "Marriage Story," Renée Zellweger in "Judy," and Cynthia Erivo in "Harriet." The 92nd Academy Awards will take place Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

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This combination photo shows best director nominees, from left, Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman," Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood," Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite," Todd Phillips for "Joke" and sam Mendes for "1917." The Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9.

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Actress Laura Dern poses for photographers upon arrival at the Academy Nominees Reception, in central London.

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Director Todd Phillips, left, and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose for photographers upon arrival at the Academy Nominees Reception, in central London.

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Dawn Hudson, left, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, poses with chef Wolfgang Puck at the Governors Ball Press Preview for the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Gold-dusted chocolate Oscar statues are pictured at the Governors Ball Press Preview for the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 9.

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In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh pose for photos during the promotion of their film 'Gully Boy', in New Delhi. Director Zoya Akhtar's "Gully Boy", featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, has been selected as India's official entry in the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sept. 22, 2019.

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The women of Khatikhera village of Hapur, UP, stared at, then fought off, the age-old stigma atta­ched to menstruation to start a small unit that makes affordable sanitary pads for all. They are the subject of Period. End of Sentence, which won the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short.Producer Melissa Berton (centre left) and director Rayka Zehtabchi celebrate on the stage in LA. They sang and danced all night at Khatikhera too.

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