Awkwafina swigs tequila from her clutch bag on Oscars red carpet

The Oscars is the glittering gem at the centre of the awards season – but even so, those lucky enough to be invited to the star-studded evening can find things drag on a bit.

With countless categories to announce – and every single category WILL be announced live, after the Academy backtracked on its initial decision to have some of the winners announced during the ad breaks – it’s no wonder that some of the stars need a little… refreshment.

But American rapper and actress Awkwafina took the proverbial biscuit on the red carpet when she was spotted sneakily swigging tequila out of her clutch bag.

The 29-year-old star of Crazy Rich Asians was seen on camera holding up a metallic clutch as she chatted to Jimmy Kimmel’s famous security guard Guillermo, who offered her a sip of booze.

Awkwafina – real name Nora Lum – downed the fiery liquid and nodded her thanks before passing the clutch back to Guillermo, who makes regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

She showed up to the Oscars wearing a shiny metallic suit with an oversized pussycat bow poking out of the top.

Nora wore her long dark hair down in loose waves, keeping her makeup ethereal for her first time at the Oscars.


Her Crazy Rich Asians co-stars were out in full too, with Gemma Chan opting for a sweeping pink Valentino gown with pockets and an intricate neckline.

And Michelle Yeoh chose nude coloured chiffon with metallic sequin detail on the bodice, skirt and train,

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