Oscars 2019: Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Mahershala Ali, who won the four acting awards. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

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 Carol Channing performs during her one woman show, The First 80 Years are the Hardest,  in New York in 2005. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

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