Inside the 88th Academy Awards

The gowns are on, the golden statues are polished and the 2016 Oscars are off to a very glamorous start!
The 88th Academy Awards

The gowns are on, the golden statues are polished and the 2016 Oscars are off to a very glamorous start!

The red carpet arrivals have begun at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles as showbiz’s elite gather for the 88th Academy Awards.

Of course, all eyes will be on long-running Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as he gears up for another nail-biting awards ceremony.

Leo, who has been nominated for five Oscars in total, has been given a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role thanks to his gritty performance in The Revenant.

There’s some stiff competition in his category as he goes face-to-face with Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo and Matt Damon for his role in The Martian.

And it’s just as tough in the Best Actress category.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in Joy has scored a nomination, while Aussie starlet Cate Blanchett’s role in Carol has landed a nod, Room star Brie Larson is one of the hot favourites, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years is another front-runner and Saoirse Ronan’s stirring performance in Brooklyn has also been getting a lot of buzz.

Locally, director George Miller’s critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road has cleaned up with an incredible ten nominations, including Best Picture and Director.

“It’s not your typical Academy Award movie. We didn’t expect to be here so that just makes it a lot of fun,” the 70-year-old director explained.

The musical entertainment will also be another highlight with the likes of Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and The Weeknd all set to dazzle on stage.

Click through the gallery to check out all the A-list action from the 2016 Academy Awards!

THAT’S how you make an entrance! Best Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio walked the red carpet with his Titanic co-star and BFF, Kate Winslet.

Kate has been Leo’s biggest cheerleader as he gears up for tonight’s ceremony.

The pals joked about as they prepared for Leo’s big night.

Bow down! Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett has arrived and she looks stunning in this show-stopping textured sea-foam green gown by Armani.

The star posed up with the Carol director Todd Haynes.

Ladies and gentleman, Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne and his pregnant wife Hannah Bagshaw looked flawless in coordinating black ensembles. “For me it was about meeting men and women from the Trans community,” Eddie said of preparing for his inspiring role in The Danish Girl.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Alicia Vikander worked a bright yellow Louis Vuitton number. The Danish Girl starlet confessed on the red carpet she couldn’t believe she was up for an Oscar!

Twinning! Tina Fey and Reese Witherspoon worked very similar violet styles.

Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan, 21, looked heavenly in this glittering green masterpiece by Calvin Klein. The Irish-American stunner was first given an Oscar nomination at the tender age of 13 for her role in Atonement.

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Saoirse Ronan stuns in a Calvin Klein gown

Best Actress nominee Brie Larson cut a flirty figure in a frilly royal blue frock.

Holla! Sofia Vergara, who is presenting tonight, swept back her dark tresses into a chic low ponytail which perfectly complemented her deep blue Marchesa dress.

Mindy Kaling looked stunning in a chic off-the-shoulder black gown with a deep blue shoulder detail.

E! co-stars Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic pucker up.

Giuliana stunned in a plunging white gown with floral detailings by Georges Chakra.

Sam Smith, who is up for Best Original Song with Jimmy Napes for their music and lyrics on Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre, opted for a dapper tux.

He’s come so far! Tonight, Ryan Seacrest and his co-host Giuliana Rancic celebrate ten years of working together. Inset: the star a decade ago.

Maria Menounos sparkled in this figure-hugging creation.

Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay, nine, said he’ll be cheering on his Room co-star Brie Larson, who is up for the Best Actress award.

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Mother-to-be Chrissy Teigen revealed she had to get sewn into her frock! Meanwhile, how smitten does her hubby John Legend look?

Wow! The 30-year-old personified old Hollywood glamour.

Cute couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis cuddled up on the red carpet. The actress commanded attention in a dramatic Valentino frock.

Dave Grohl was joined by his wife, Jordyn Blum.

The force is with her! English beauty Daisy Ridley worked a Chanel Spring 2016 couture gown like a pro.

Buns were all the rage for Olivia and Daisy.

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Legendary actress Whoopi Goldberg kept things classic in a long-sleeved black dress.

It’s all white! (L-R) Priyanka Chopra, Olivia and Daisy worked shades of white and grey.

Joy Mangano looks Hollywood glam as she walked the red carpet. Her life was brought to life by Best Actress nominee, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy.

David Furnish and Elton John are hosting the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party in West Hollywood.

Patricia Arquette was also in attendance.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner oozed elegance in this champagne-coloured gown.

Looking good, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber!

Naomi turned heads in a midnight blue strapless gown by Armani.

Glitter gang!

Olivia Munn was a tangerine dream in a Stella McCartney number.

Heidi Klum and Jennifer Jason Leigh both looked amazing.

Aussie beauty Isla Fischer radiant glamour in a beaded white dress.

She was joined by her comedian hubby Sacha Baron Cohen.

Rooney Mara always brings the dramatic glam!

Fresh from her revealing Vanity Fair interview, Jennifer Garner looked like she didn’t have a care in the world.

Golden girl Margot Robbie was channelled an actual Oscar and we love it!

Wow! Jennifer Lawrence is the epitome of sophistication.

Hollywood icon Charlotte Rampling oozes sophistication in her bejewelled outfit. The 70-year-old joined Anthony Hopkins back in 1976 for the 48th Academy Awards (inset).

Nominee Sylvester Stallone was joined by his wife Jennifer Flavin PLUS Best Actor nominee Matt Damon looked loved up with his wife, Luciana Damon.

Super sexy! Henry Cavill just can’t put a foot wrong.

Julianne Moore cut a classic silhouette in a black dress.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel McAdams kept things classy in an emerald green dress with a daring split.

They’re about to get married and it looked like Lady Gaga opted for a bridal-inspired white ensemble as she smooched fiance Taylor Kinney.

Kerry Washington mixed things up with a leather bodice and flowing white maxi-skirt.

Pregnant actress Emily Bunt was seriously glowing.

The look of love: (L-R) Tom Hardy with wife Charlotte Riley. Mark Ruffalo was with his wife of 16 years, Sunrise Coigney.

Charlize is in the house and she’s looking smoking!

Amy Poehler worked a floral dress.

Rooney and Cate pose up.

Chris Rock is hosting for the second time.

The comedian opened the show with a hilarious yet poignant monologue about racism in Hollywood.

Ahead of the show, Chris shared this shot of him editing his opener.

There was no rivalry between Best Actress nominees Cate and Brie as they chatted to Kate Winslet.

Chrissy and John find their way to their seats.

Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron kicked off the evening by presenting the first award.

Sam Smith belts out the nominated Bond song, Writings on the Wall.

Oh boy! Ryan Gosling AND Russell Crowe…

Sarah Silverman and Stacey Dash make the crowd laugh.

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