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Bold colours as stars arrive for Oscars

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Lady Gaga arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The world's biggest stars have begun arriving for an Oscars ceremony filled with suspense over the movie industry's biggest prize.

Spike Lee, a first-time best director nominee for BlacKkKlansman, was one of the first on the sunny but unseasonably cool red carpet in Hollywood, dressed in a purple suit, matching chauffeur's cap, gold-coloured sneakers and knuckle rings spelling "Love" and "Hate".

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu chose a custom Versace bright marigold chiffon gown, while Kinky Boots stage actor Billy Porter was bold in a black velvet tuxedo-style ball gown with a dramatic flowing skirt.

Roma best actress nominee Yalitiza Aparicio chose a mint green fairy-tale gown, while American Idol singer Adam Lambert, who will perform at the show with British rock band Queen, wore a white orchid on the lapel of a tuxedo worn with oversize white cuffs.

Without a host for the first time in 30 years, there's also curiosity over whether organisers can return the Academy Awards to a must-see television event after a record low audience in 2018.

In addition to Queen and Lambert, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson are all set to perform.

Tennis champion Serena Williams and talk show host Trevor Noah will also appear on the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood in a bid to broaden the show's appeal beyond movie fans.

"Gaga will bring it, she always brings it," songwriter Diane Warren, nominated for her original song I'll Fight from documentary RBG, said on the red carpet.

"I saw the rehearsal of Jennifer (Hudson) on my song. The roof's going to get blown off of this place," Warren added.

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