Oscars red carpet colour change leads to viewer backlash

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Even before the Oscars had begun, we had our first "controversy" of the 95th Academy Awards – and it's to do with a carpet change.

For the first time since 1961, the Oscars doesn't have a red carpet and has instead gone with a champagne-coloured one.

Shocking, we know. It might not seem like a big thing, but it's getting a big reaction from viewers.

"White walls, champagne carpet? Are we holding this at an Ikea??" one viewer wrote, with another adding: "Literally can’t believe someone said 'what if the red carpet wasn't red' and another person gasped and gave the bad idea person a raise."

We imagine that if the change in carpet colour is the biggest controversy to come from this year's Oscars, the Academy will probably take it, given what happened at last year's ceremony with Will Smith and the infamous slap.

Even Jamie Lee Curtis, nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Everything Everywhere All At Once, joked about the change ahead of the ceremony: "Apparently, at the Oscars, their carpet is going to match my drapes."

According to Variety, the champagne-coloured carpet was one of a number of changes that also included an updated dress code for anybody on the carpet who wasn't on-camera, meaning they had to dress in dark blue or black.

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Returning host Jimmy Kimmel joked at the unrolling ceremony about the new carpet, saying: "I think the decision to go with a champagne carpet over a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed."

Talking to Associated Press, creative consultant Lisa Love explained the controversial change. "We chose this beautiful sienna, saffron colour that evokes the sunset, because this is the sunset before the golden hour," she said.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 95th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, airing live in the US on ABC and Sky Showcase, Sky Arts, Sky News and Sky Cinema Oscars in the UK.

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