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#TimesUp Confirms There Will Be No Black Dress Code at the Oscars

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Organizers of the Times Up movement, including Shonda Rhimes, Laura Dern, director Ava DuVernay, and producer Katie McGrath, confirmed in a press conference on Thursday that there will be no dress code at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony. Rhimes said the initiative “was launched on the red carpet but was never intended to live there.”

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Times Up has gained a lot of momentum over the past couple of months. In January, actors and actresses wore black to the Golden Globe Awards—Hollywood’s first major awards show since the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.) Celebs then wore black to the BAFTAs in February to stand in solidarity with survivors and women’s rights. They also wore white roses to the Grammys and to the BRIT Awards in support of the movement.

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The movement, which officially launched January 1, has already amassed more than $21 million in a legal-defense fund to support “women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.”

There has been speculation about how the topic will be broached at the Oscars, and in an interview with Good Morning America, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel said the show is “not about reliving people’s sexual assaults.” He later confirmed to Vanity Fairthat he will speak about the #MeToo movement in his monologue.

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