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Sir Kenneth Branagh returns to the red carpet at the star-studded Academy Awards

Sir Kenneth Branagh has arrived at the Oscars after missing several awards shows earlier this week after testing positive for Covid-19.

The advocate for British film and theatre, whose film ‘Belfast’ is up for a range of awards including best picture, best director and best original screenplay, said he was ‘delighted’ at this year’s awards in seven record-breaking category awards, but “more pleased to be here”.

Speaking to ABC’s On The Red Carpet, it was “lovely to see a story from Belfast resonate with the world”.

A surge in Covid cases has cast doubt on the attendance of a number of stars in recent days.

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Sir Kenneth Branagh (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated in the best original song category for his track Dos Oruguitas, is expected to win a statue at the Los Angeles ceremony but will not attend the proceedings after his wife tested positive for Covid became.

He wrote on Twitter: “Made it to Hollywood… This weekend my wife tested (positive) for Covid.

“She’s fine. Kids & I tested (negative) but out of caution I’m not going to the Oscars tomorrow night.

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“I’m cheering on my TickTickBoom and Encanto families with my own family, along with all of you, all of you.

Coda director Sian Heder arrived on the red carpet with her cast of mostly deaf actors and said she hopes her Oscar-nominated film, which is now a front-runner for best picture, “transforms into a movement” after its run of success would.

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Sian Heder (middle) with Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Sian Heder, Emilia Jones and Daniel Durant (Jae C. Hong/AP)

“[Coda star]Marlee Matlin won the Oscar 30 years ago and not much has changed for deaf advocacy in Hollywood since then,” she told ABC.

“To be here tonight and to have three deaf actors in the lead roles in the film, bringing the film and ASL to the screen and celebrating deaf culture, I just hope this film becomes a movement.

“I hope it really goes further and opens the door for other projects.”

When asked if she had thought about winning Best Picture, she replied: “Yes and no.

“I think that would be amazing but honestly the journey here was so unexpected and overwhelming and I’m so grateful for it.

“In any case, I’m really happy to be here.”

Power Of The Dog star Kodi Smit-McPhee, nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, said he will be “fanboy” at the ceremony all night.

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Kodi Smit-McPhee (Jordan Strauss/AP)

“It’s messy in the best sense, I’m just in it,” he told ABC.

“I’m going to be a fanboy and I don’t want that, I just want to keep my cool.

“I’ll pull out all the cards tonight, signatures.”

When asked if he’d be looking for his next post-Oscar nomination role, he said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

“I love the element of surprise.

“I love the Dance of Destiny I play when material arrives at my doorstep.

“To try to control something like that, you fail to think outside the box.”

The actor added that he’s “not good” on stage, so he had a speech prepared in case he won the Best Supporting Actor award.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Olivia Colman and Dame Judi Dench are among Britain’s stars in the running for the Oscars when Sunday’s star-studded ceremony gets underway again in full force.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Sophie Hunter (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Cumberbatch is nominated for a Best Actor award for his role as a cruel rancher in Jane Campion’s western The Power of the Dog Father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.

They are nominated alongside Garfield for his role as Rent playwright Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick…Boom!, Javier Bardem for Being The Ricardos and Denzel Washington for The Tragedy Of Macbeth.

Colman, who won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Favourite, received her second nomination in this category for her role as a mother who reflects on her past in The Lost Daughter.

Dame Judi and Ciaran Hinds have been nominated for their performances in Belfast.

The Oscars are held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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