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Nicole Kidman arriving at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

THIS YEAR too, the spotlights are ready and poised to focus on the fashion statements made by the bold and the beautiful of Hollywood on Oscar night.

The anticipation to see who looked dazzling, or who was a disaster is as much as it is to find out who walked away with the golden statuettes.

Though the trends and couture sense are generally tasteful, one can always count on a celebrity parading down on March 24 in something that is truly appalling (Icelandic singer Bjork took the honours last year in a swan tutu).

For Best Actor contender Will Smith, dressing up for the occasion is the least of his worries. He says he will turn up in the outfit selected by his wife.

Winners all

The day will see not just the award winners taking home a booty. Oscar presenters and performers such as Kevin Spacey, Mel Gibson, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Sting will receive a 14,000 goody bag.

Robert Redford.

The bundle comprises the most valuable presents in Oscar history.

This year's record-breaking bag will include a 280 handbag from US designer CJ and Me, a watch worth more than 1,000 and a 1,400 voucher for the Mexican spa resort, Esperanza.

Honours for veterans

Sidney Poitier will receive an honorary Oscar at the 74th Annual Academy Awards on March 24 in recognition of his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the motion picture industry with dignity, style and intelligence throughout the world.

Sydney Poitier.

Poitier, who has appeared in more than 40 films, has been nominated for best actor twice, for 1958's ``The Defiant Ones'' and 1963's ``Lilies of the Field'', and went on to win the Oscar for ``Lilies... ''

Poitier's credits also include ``Blackboard Jungle,'' ``To Sir, With Love,'' ``Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,'' ``A Raisin in the Sun'' and ``In the Heat of the Night.''

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen actor-director Robert Redford to receive an honorary Academy Award in recognition of his dedication to independent filmmaking.

Redford's Sundance Film Festival has become North America's most-important independent film festival and market. An Academy Award-nominated actor, Redford won an Oscar in 1980 for directing ``Ordinary People.''

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