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Leonard Nimoy: “Star Trek” Co-Stars William Shatner and George Takei Remember Their Friend

CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonard Nimoy died on Friday at the age of 83, and Hollywood is reeling from the loss.

Flowers will be placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and many of his fellow actors expressed their condolences on social media.

"I loved him like a brother," his Star Trek co-star William Shatner wrote on Facebook. "We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

Star Trek co-star George Takei also posted on Facebook saying, “We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to "Live Long And Prosper," and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”

Best known for playing Spock in Star Trek on TV and in film, the actor also worked in the theater, portraying Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and published poetry and books of photography.

Here are some reactions below:

 

I shall truly miss Leonard Nimoy. He gave us a great gift that will last for ages. A good soul and kind man. RIP

— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) February 27, 2015

 

 

my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights… https://t.co/WPJmt1X4ox

— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) February 27, 2015

 

 

RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go... http://t.co/qpeH5BTzQc pic.twitter.com/nMmFMKYv1L

— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015

 

 

Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.

— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015

 

 

Leonard Nimoy will always be a beloved legend ????

— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 27, 2015

 

 

RIP ????"@nytimes: Leonard Nimoy's zeal to entertain & enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek.” http://t.co/G3b8DxbURP pic.twitter.com/xgPDzbKgDK"

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 27, 2015

 

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, Best-Known as "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock, Dies at Age 83

CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made the Star Trek character of Mr. Spock an international pop culture phenomenon, has died.  He was 83.

Nimoy's granddaughter confirmed his passing to ABC News.

Nimoy was hospitalized last week after complaining of chest pain, though no information on his condition was released after that.  He announced in late January, 2014 that he'd been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a progressive condition that decreases lung efficiency, making it difficult to breathe.  "I'm doing OK. Just can't walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers," Nimoy later tweeted, followed by "LLAP," shorthand for Mr. Spock's customary benediction, "Live long and prosper."

Born in Boston, MA, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy began acting in local theater as a child and was appearing in films and television by age 20.  After a two-year stint in the Army, he turned to acting full-time, with roles in classic TV series including Dragnet, Bonanza and Perry Mason, and the sci-fi series The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.

In 1966, Nimoy took on the role with which he would be forever identified -- the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock, who served aboard the starship Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek.  Though the original series was canceled after three seasons due to poor ratings, it found its audience in syndication, with Spock the show's most recognizable and popular character.  In his 1975 autobiography, titled I Am Not Spock, Nimoy explored his mixed feelings about being so closely identified with the character -- initially resentful, but ultimately grateful.

In addition to the original Star Trek series, Nimoy appeared as Spock in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and played the character in eight Star Trek films, two of which he directed.  His most recent appearance as Spock was in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.  He also occasionally parodied the character, and himself, in voiceovers on shows including The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.

After Star Trek ended its initial run, Nimoy co-starred on TV's Mission: Impossible for two years and also hosted the reality show In Search of…, which explored paranormal and mysterious phenomena.  His most recent television role was as the ruthless Dr. William Bell on the sci-fi series Fringe.  In 2011, he appeared as a disheveled parody of himself, wandering through a supermarket in his bathrobe and ignoring fans, in the video for the Bruno Mars hit "The Lazy Song."

In addition to acting, Nimoy was a published poet and an avid lifelong photographer, whose work was exhibited in numerous galleries.  He's survived by his wife, actress Susan Bay, two children and several grandchildren.

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Deny "Blurred Lines" Copyright Infringement Claim

Randy Holmes / ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams appeared in federal court this week, denying they ripped off a Marvin Gaye hit.

Gaye’s relatives are suing Thicke, Williams and T.I. for copyright infringement, claiming the singers’ hit “Blurred Lines” plagiarizes Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”

In court Wednesday, Thicke gave an impromptu concert, taking to a keyboard to perform a medley of famous songs to show how pop tunes often share similar chord progressions.

“Sometime song progressions sounds similar without copying each other,” Billboard.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz said on Good Morning America. “That’s what he tried to demonstrate.”

Other artists acknowledge that musical mimicry is sometimes practiced in the industry.

Recently, One Direction made headlines for a guitar riff in their song, “Best Song Ever.” Some thought it was strikingly similar to The Who’s 1971 classic, “Baba O’Riley.”

But instead of crying foul, The Who front man Pete Townsh end readily admitted those three One Direction chords are the same ones “we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry.”

Thicke and Williams insist they are not copycats, calling any similarities between the two songs coincidental.

Because of a copyright change, jurors will not hear the two songs side by side. Instead stripped-down versions will be played.

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"The Danish Girl": See Eddie Redmayne in New Role as Woman

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Talk about a follow up to his Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything performance.

In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne, 33, is playing Einar Wegener -- one of the first people known to have undergone sex reassignment surgery -- set in the 1930's.

The Wrap tweeted out the picture of Redmayne and spoke to the Oscar winner, who said "it’s been really good to get the muscles exercised again" with this role following Theory.

Redmayne plays an artist born as a man, but undergoes "experimental surgeries" to become a woman. 

First Look at Eddie Redmayne as 'The Danish Girl' in Tom Hooper Drama (Photo) http://t.co/dpqxGekmPY pic.twitter.com/veRaMYekQ8

— TheWrap (@TheWrap) February 27, 2015

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Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual in New Comic

DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- Catwoman, the Batman villain/love interest, has come out as bisexual.

In the Catwoman No. 39 comic book, which was released this week, the character also known as Selina Kyle kisses another woman.

The writer of the issue, Genevieve Valentine, addressed the development in a post on her website.

Valentine wrote, "She’s flirted around it -- often quite literally -- for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation."

"[P]lease be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works," she continued. "Selina doesn’t care easily, but when she does care it strikes deep, and there will be plenty of that coming up."

Catwoman was introduced in Batman No. 1 in 1940, the year after the Caped Crusader made his comic debut.

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Vanilla Ice: Arrest Is 'Just A Mess and I’m Dealing With It'

Photo by Kevin Winter/SAs 2013/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vanilla Ice says his arrest earlier this month in connection with a burglary was “just blown out of proportion."

The rapper turned home renovator, Rob Van Winkle, appeared on Good Morning America Friday to promote the new season of his show, The Vanilla Ice Project, but first addressed his recent run-in with the law.

“That’s all I can say about it right now. It’s just a mess and I’m dealing with it,” Van Winkle explained.

The former rapper was arrested in Lantana, Florida, on February 18, accused of stealing furniture from a neighbor's home. He was charged with burglary residence and grand theft, according to a Chief Sean Scheller at the Lantana Police Department.

“I’m purchasing the house,” Van Winkle said Friday. “I can’t really talk much about it other than that, but you know, I’m dealing with it.”

According to the arrest report, Van Winkle said that "he found several of the items next to the curb and he thought they were trash."

The home in question, in Palm Beach County, is located near a residence that he actually does own and is renovating. According to authorities, the missing items -- which included furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other items -- were found at Van Winkle's property and later returned to the owner.

The total value of the items found at Van Winkle's home totaled more than $6,000, according to the report.

“I wish I could elaborate,” he said on GMA.

The new season of Van Winkle’s DIY network show is called “Palm Beach Mansion Flip,” where Vanilla Ice and his crew remodel an “8,000 square foot house on the ocean in Palm Beach.”

“It was wrecked,” the host explained. “We removed over 300 trees, it was just neglected and now we’re turning it from zero to hero. It’s going to be gorgeous.” Van Winkle said they are adding amenities to the home such as a jelly fish aquarium, an infinity pool, an observatory, a glass atrium, a coffee bar and a fitness room.

The Vanilla Ice Project airs Saturday nights on the DIY Network.


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Celebrities, Twitter Confounded by Color of Dress

seewhatmitchsee/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter was overrun on Thursday night by debate, but not about sports, politics, or the results of Sunday's Oscars. Instead, Twitter users struggled to decide whether a dress, posted to Tumblr and picked up by Buzzfeed was black and blue or white and gold.

Yes, really. Millions of tweets were set attempting to determine the true color of the mysterious dress. Throughout the night, Twitter's trending topics included "#TheDress" and "#whiteandgold."

What Colors Are This Dress? http://t.co/jvesuCBfYe pic.twitter.com/LNPkGjkmSt

— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 27, 2015

The question got big enough to prompt celebrities to get in on the debate. Some were just as confused as we were.

From this day on, the world will be divided into two people. Blue & black, or white & gold. http://t.co/xJeR7GldwP pic.twitter.com/i6BwVzPzSZ

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2015

I DONT KNOW WHAT COLOR THE DRESS I DONT KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ANYMORE

— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) February 27, 2015

Others were firmly on the side of blue and black.

I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015

Hold on.... So people actually see white and gold....??!! ????????

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 27, 2015

I'm Seeing Blue And Black, As Of Now

— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) February 27, 2015

I have read the explanations and still cannot fathom how ANYONE sees white and gold and I think they're attention-seeking LIARS

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 27, 2015

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Still others saw white and gold.

If that's not White and Gold the universe is falling apart. Seriously what is happening????

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 27, 2015



I only see white and gold.

— Alison Brie (@alisonbrie) February 27, 2015

 

Lady Gaga didn't quite fall into either camp.

@thecolorated its periwinkle and sand ????

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 27, 2015

Finally, the dress began to tear at the seams of some friendships and relationships.

@mindykaling @bjnovak what's the matter with u guys, it's white and gold.

— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) February 27, 2015

What color is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black & blue, who is color blind?

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 27, 2015

The actual color? Black and blue, because the dress by Roman Originals isn’t sold in gold.


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"Focus," "The Lazarus Effect" Open in Theaters Friday

Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Focus  -- Will Smith plays a con man, Nicky, who teaches his tricks to a woman with whom he’s romantically involved, Margot Robbie’s Jess.  A few years later, after they’ve split, Jess causes problems for a scheme being carried out by Nicky. The film is screening in IMAX theaters. Rated R.

* The Lazarus Effect -- A group of researchers, including a man and his fiancée, figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. The results are terrifying. Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Sarah Bolger star. Rated PG-13.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Touching Letter for Teen Fan Following Her Death

ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter for a 14-year-old fan who died suddenly earlier this month and whose funeral was held Monday in Warrington, U.K.

The letter was read aloud during the funeral for Eve Shepherd, a fan of Cumberbatch's TV series Sherlock, according to the Warrington Guardian. The Oscar-nominated actor wrote:

"I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx."

Eve's father, Mark, tells the Warrington Guardian, "Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper. But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict -- she was a huge fan. "

Eve led a difficult life after being born at 28 weeks in 2000. She underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy at just three months old, according to the newspaper.

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Movie Review: "Focus" (Rated R)

Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- From the directors and writers of Crazy, Stupid, Love. comes the con-job romantic dramedy, Focus.

Nicky (Will Smith) is drinking, alone, in a posh New York City hotel restaurant when a gorgeous blonde, Jess, (The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie) begins having some trouble with a gentleman at the bar. She approaches Nicky and asks if he’d mind pretending to be her boyfriend, which is kind of like asking anyone with a pulse -- man or woman, gay or straight -- if they’d mind pretending to be Margot Robbie’s boyfriend.

Robbie is gorgeous, and her chemistry with Smith is palpable. Small talk leads to flirtation, which leads to Jess’ hotel room, which leads to her “husband” bursting through the door and threatening Nicky’s life at gunpoint -- at which point Nicky insists that the jealous husband shoot him. The husband, perplexed, doesn’t know how to handle the situation. Turns out, Nicky has known all along he was being conned -- because he’s a con man, too.

Nicky points out the flaws in Jess’ con, gives a few tips, and leaves.  It’s a telling scene, because it telegraphs what the rest of the movie will be: enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing, but just a little too cute and convenient.

Nicky isn’t just a con man -- he runs a multi-million-dollar network of cons. He employs freelancers to work major events, like the Super Bowl, and Jess wants a piece of the action. She also wants a piece of Nicky. And off we go. 

These two like each other, but their lack of morality is this story’s major flaw. As great as Focus is to look at and as charming as Smith and Robbie are, it was difficult to fully invest in either of them because, at their core, Nicky and Jess are despicably selfish people. 

There’s also a wild card here, and that’s Adrian Martinez. The journeyman actor, probably best-known to most as the Cheesehead fan from the State Farm insurance commercials starring Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, steals scenes in Focus as Farhad, Nicky’s right-hand man and good friend. Martinez is flat out, R-rated funny. 

Focus is, overall, entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable. Though when I say unpredictable, what I mean is some of the twists are imaginative -- and when I say imaginative, I mean impossible.  Even so, Focus provides some fun moments, though that lack of empathy for the main players ultimately makes it a less than satisfying experience.

Three out of five stars.

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Ivanka Trump Opens Up About Converting to Orthodox Judaism

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism after getting together with her husband, Jared Kushner, though she rarely discusses it.

For the businesswoman, the subject is "such a personal thing."

“We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us," she told Vogue. "It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity."

Trump, 33, and Kushner, 34, who have been married since 2009 and are now parents to two small children, keep kosher and observe the Sabbath. From Friday night until sundown on Saturday, they disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy time with their family.

"We don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls," she said. "It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my three-year-old] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family."

It's nice for Kushner too. His wife, he said, has really embraced the ritual, and even learned to cook as a result of it.

"Ivanka’s such a type A,” he said. “She just gets it done. But she said, ‘If we’re going to do Shabbos, I’m going to cook.’ She never cooked before in her life, and became a great cook. So for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn our phones off for 25 hours. Putting aside the religious aspect of it; we live in such a fast-paced world.”

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“House of Cards” Season 3 on Netflix: A Season 2 Refresher

David Giesbrecht for Netflix(NEW YORK) -- So, House of Cards season 3 is just hours away (3 a.m. to be exact), but before you get cozy in bed, or set up your favorite snack by the couch and clear your schedule for the next 10 hours, here's a quick-and-dirty rundown of season 2:

To kick off the season, the sexiest reporter in D.C. -- Zoe Barnes -- was killed by Frank Underwood, who pushed her in front of a train.

After spending most of season 1 vying for the vice presidency, Underwood stepped things up and set up the president for a big fall, just so he could take the top spot.

Meanwhile, Underwood and his wife Claire had an affair with a Secret Service agent -- at the same time. Frank also had a season-long battle with billionaire Raymond Tusk, who had been very close to the president. We found out about Claire's past as a victim of sexual abuse and also her affair with a famous photographer.

A prostitute keeping a secret that could ruin Frank is sent away and watched over by Underwood's friend Doug, but then she kills him. The season ends with Frank taking over the presidency.

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Beyonce Shows Off Her Fierce Workout Routine

@beyonce/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- Beyonce works hard for that flawless figure.

The 33-year-old singer showed off some of her fierce workout moves in a new video posted on Instagram Wednesday.

Queen Bey is the latest celebrity to accept first lady Michelle Obama's challenge to show off five ways to stay healthy.

FLOTUS issued the challenge, dubbed #Gimme5, on Monday in honor of the fifth anniversary of her "Let's Move" fitness campaign.

"I want kids, parents, maybe even a few celebrities, to give me five ways to be healthy," Obama said in a promotional video that features a cameo from President Obama.

Beyonce responded with her own sped-up video in which she shows off an impressive set of squats, crunches, lunges and punches to the tune of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

"Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let's Move! #GimmeFive @michelleobama," she captioned the video, in which she appears in a black T-shirt and black-and-white, striped leggings.

The first lady re-posted the video on her Instagram, writing, "Double tap if you're ready to work out with @Beyonce! #GimmeFive of your workout drills (or you'll disappoint the Beygency)."

Check out Beyonce's video below, along with a couple others from celebs who have accepted the challenge.

 

Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let's Move! #GimmeFive @michelleobama ????

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:52pm PST

 

 

Hey @FLOTUS, I see your #GimmeFive challenge and pass it on to @NickJonas! #LetsMove https://t.co/lFgGqOd77q

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 24, 2015

 

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Mirjana Puhar: Tyra Banks 'Deeply Saddened' by Death of "ANTM" Contestant

Amanda Edwards/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Tyra Banks, the executive producer of America's Next Top Model, expressed her deep sorrow over the death of one of the show's former contestants, Mirjana Puhar.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news about Mirjana Puhar," Banks and fellow executive producer Ken Mok wrote in a statement to ABC News. "She was a vivacious and promising young woman. Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones."

Puhar, 19, was found dead, along with Jonathan Cosme Alvarado and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, Tuesday in a home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Police have not said how or when the three were killed, but have arrested and charged 19-year-old Emmanuel Rangel in the killings, according to The Charlotte Observer. Rangel remains in custody and has not yet appeared in court to enter a plea.

Puhar appeared on the 21st cycle of America's Next Top Model, which premiered in August. At the time of filming, she was 18 and introduced as the youngest of the show's 14 contestants.

She was eliminated in the 10th episode of the season.

As word spread of Puhar's death, people connected with ANTM responded on social media.

Judge Miss J Alexander took to Twitter to mourn:

 

Saddened to learn about #ANTM Cycle 21 contestant Mirjana Puhar's murder. Remembering her fondly. RIP pic.twitter.com/gHj7WMZEcY

— Miss J Alexander (@MissJAlexander) February 25, 2015

 

Fellow contestant Will Jardell posted several remembrances on his Instagram, including a photo with Puhar. "You are one of the kindest most passionate people I know and I am at a loss knowing that you are gone," Jardell wrote. "Reality TV may have painted you one way but make no mistake you are an incredible and loving person that the world will truly miss."



Jardell also posted a video of Puhar.

 

 

A video posted by Will Jardell (@williamjardell) on Feb 25, 2015 at 12:36pm PST

 

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Lupita Nyong'o's Pearl Oscars Dress Stolen, Police Say

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael Yada(LOS ANGELES) -- Did Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar night gown -- a custom Calvin Klein collection dress that reportedly featured over 6,000 white Akoya pearls -- get stolen straight out of her hotel room?

Deputies in West Hollywood tell ABC News that's exactly what happened to the Oscar winner. The dress, worth $150,000, was swiped from the actress' room Wednesday at The London West Hollywood while the 12 Years a Slave star was out.

Investigators were on the scene Thursday morning and have obtained hotel security footage in hopes of identifying the thief.

The dress, designed by Francisco Costa along with Nyong'o, took months to create. Costa told Vogue he created "a series of textures with intricate placements of a variety of different-sized pearls."  He added, "We looked at a variety of different pearls -- South Sea, iridescent, and natural -- and decided that the natural pearls looked the most beautiful."

Nyong'o's publicist had no comment, while a rep for Calvin Klein has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Nyong'o, 31, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar last year and presented at this year's awards, wearing the custom dress that was designed for her by Francisco Costa.

 

 

 

All in the details. #Oscars #calvinkleinlive

A photo posted by Calvin Klein (@calvinklein) on Feb 22, 2015 at 3:05pm PST

 

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