Ryan Seacrest began E!’s red carpet coverage with the announcement that “it promises to be a very special evening.” But the burning question was: would it be a lonely one for him?
Though there was speculation that the stars – especially the female ones – would snub Seacrest in light of allegations that he sexually harassed a former stylist, the E! host wasn’t left holding the mic. Nominees Allison Janney and Mary J. Blige stopped to chat with Seacrest, who kept the attention focused on their projects and not what they were wearing. The only times things got personal was when presenter Taraji P. Henson grabbed his chin to say “the universe has a way of taking care of the good people” as she was waxing on about Blige while Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez told Seacrest to “be good” at the end of her interview.
There were compliments, too: Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa stopped to tell him how good he was doing and Tiffany Haddish said she was proud of him. And he was never truly alone with the E! coverage: Giuliana Rancic and other network hosts towed a lot of the line from the nearby Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Seacrest has denied the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by former E! stylist Suzie Hardy, claiming his accuser asked him for money on multiple occasions.
Here’s who stopped to talk to him on the carpet:
Diane Warren, nominee for original song
Gael García Bernal
Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos
Allison Janney, nominee for I, Tonya
Christopher Plummer, nominee for All the Money in the World
Richard Jenkins, nominee for The Shape of Water
Bradley Whitford, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel from Best Picture nominee Get Out
Donald Sutherland, honorary Oscar winner
Rita Moreno, presenter
Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver)
Mary J. Blige, nominated for Mudbound
Andra Day and Common, nominated for original song from Marshall
Taraji P. Henson, presenter
Around 4:54 p.m. PT, he joined Rancic and the others at the Roosevelt Hotel.