Oscars 2020: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, And More Celebs Bring Their Moms As Their Dates

Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron are two-time co-stars who shared one other key thing in common at the Oscars on Sunday: their plus ones. 

No, the “Sweet November”-starring duo did not arrive at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards together with Enya scoring their entrance, but instead, they each brought their mothers with them to the big show.

Jazzing up the red carpet with a special dose of love, Reeves and mom Patricia Taylor linked arms in complementary black-and-white suits, and also conducted press interviews together at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Yes, when E! Host Ryan Seacrest pushed Taylor for details about the Oscar presenter’s upcoming “The Matrix 4” reboot, well, “mum” is the word.

“Nothing,” said Taylor — a costume designer — during E!’s live red carpet broadcast about what she can say about the long-awaited sequel. “[I can] only [talk] about ‘The Matrix’ one, two, and three.”  

Keanu Reeves with his mother Patricia Taylor at the Oscars on Sunday. (Photo: Amy Sussman via Getty Images)

Taylor certainly knew how to keep these secret Hollywood details under wraps, proving few can make a judgment call better than moms. Still, this is one of the first public appearances for the pair since the 2006 premiere of Reeves’ film “The Lake House” in Los Angeles.

So, perhaps that’s one of the reasons why outlets like The Hollywood Reporter briefly confused Taylor for the Toronto-raised “Toy Story 4” actor’s girlfriend, visual artist Alexandra Grant. Last November, the 47-year-old Grant’s likeness was compared to Dame Helen Mirren. Mirren is 74 years old.

Comedian Whitney Cummings summed up this identification confusion best: 

Mistaken identity aside, attending the Oscars as a presenter is a really big deal. A nomination is an even bigger honour, and Best Actress nominee Theron had a “Bombshell” of her own, telling E!’s Giuliana Rancic that her mom’s presence alone is worthy of a trophy

“I win the award for best date, for sure,” said Theron.

Charlize Theron with her mom, Gerda Maritz. (Photo: VALERIE MACON via Getty Images)

Theron and her mother, Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz, go beyond the traditional mother-daughter roles, too, and actually co-parent the “Atomic Blonde” star’s two children, Jackson and August.

In 2018, Theron spoke of their dynamic to Elle magazine, saying, “To not acknowledge her in co-parenting my children would be a lie ... I would feel pretty alone if I didn’t have a partner-in-crime in all of this.”

All the more reason for a double night out, then! Dressed in midnight blue, a harmonious hue to Theron’s onyx Dior Haute Couture gown, Maritz was spotted savouring the Oscars experience inside the telecast.

Maritz joined Theron and the rest of the front row VIPs to cheer on the “Parasite” cast and crew to continue their Best Picture acceptance speeches after the allotted 45-second time in order to further reflect on their historic wins. 

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And then there’s the three generations represented by newly-minted Oscar winner, Laura Dern.

Dern won her first little gold man for Best Supporting Actress in “Marriage Story” on Sunday, and reveled in her accolade by having proud mom Diane Ladd, as well as her two children, Jaya and Ellery Harper, by her side. 

Laura Dern with her mother, Diane Ladd, and her kids Ellery Harper and Jaya Harper, at the Oscars on Sunday. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images)

Some say, never meet your heroes,” said Dern, while clutching her first Oscar in hand on the eve of her 53rd birthday. 

“But, I say, if you are really blessed you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting heroes, my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game! I love you … thank you all for this gift; the best birthday present ever.” 

The perfectly-timed cutaway shot of a tearful Diane Ladd, an Oscar nominee herself, gave Dern’s golden moment an extra boost of sentimental and significant maternal energy. 

In fact, Oscars performer and ceremony opener Janelle Monáe also got the Big Mom Energy memo, posing with her mom, Janet Summers, on the red carpet in show-stopping metallic looks.

Janelle Monáe brought her mom, Janet, to the Oscars on Sunday. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)

Check out the best and most surprising Oscars 2020 red carpet looks:

Vanessa Nadal and Lin-Manuel Miranda

The "Hamilton" creator looks dapper, and his wife Vanessa Nadal makes excellent use of an embellished shoulder.

Kristen Wiig

She had to know this dress was bonkers, right? She's a comedian, after all. We almost have to salute just how ridiculous this is — how boring would the ceremony be if everyone wore something nice?!

Brie Larson

Imagine how powerful it would feel to enter a room wearing a glittery dress and a cape? Let 2020 be the year when we all channel the confidence of entering a room wearing a glittery dress and a cape.

Timothée Chalamet

He's never boring. Sometimes he looks like he's on furlough from a futuristic boot camp for bratty rich teens, but he's never boring.

Gal Gadot

The two parts of this dress are so far from being cohesive that it has to be a deliberate choice. Why it's a choice anyone would make, we're not sure, but it's certainly a choice.

Margot Robbie

The ribbons are lovely, although the pendant looks like it might be haunted.

Scarlett Johansson

"My dress got attacked by a cat," but make it fashion.

Natalie Portman

This Dior gown-and-cape combo looks incredible even before you find out it's also a protest against the all-male director nominees.

Florence Pugh

The colour is outstanding, although the matchy dress-and-shoes combo brings to mind a junior high school dance.

Renée Zellweger

Boring white dress ...

Salma Hayek

Slightly different boring white dress...

Cynthia Erivo

A white dress that's ... definitely not boring.

Saoirse Ronan

Is Saoirse Ronan attempting some kind of perfomance art about how "Little Women" has been overlooked in the directing category and by other awards show? Because if so, she's totally right, but that's the only way we can make sense of this dress.

Sandra Oh

On the red carpet, Billy Porter dubbed this "sleeve statement realness." We don't have much to add, except: wow.

Greta Gerwig

Leave it to Greta to rehabilitate an under-appreciated colour.

Rebel Wilson

There's always someone who dresses up in Oscars gold, and this shimmery gold Jason Wu gown, paired with the bold red lip and soft waves, is an entirely successful experiment.

Rooney Mara

This works, if you've decided that looking dour/goth is the aesthetic you're going for. And she has, so it works!

Olivia Colman

There's a temptation to ask what in the heck is going on here, but when it's an ultra-talented actress who just happens to be an Oscar winner, we're inclined to just let them do whatever they want.

Maya Rudolph

If it has pockets, we're in.

Kelly Marie Tran

She looks glam as heck, but this cut is a little distracting, and the beading at the top makes it a bit busy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Simple design, sophisticated cut, sumptuous material.

Janelle Monáe

NO ONE CAN COMPETE WITH THIS. It isn't even fair.

Janelle Monae

Wondering if her Ralph Lauren dress (beaded with 168,000 Swarovski crystals) could get any more fabulous? Yep, it has a glam back cut-out.

Beanie Feldstein

This might feel more like a traditional awards show choice if it were a solid colour. But the A-line cut with a long train looks lovely on her.

Kaitlyn Dever

Why don't more dresses come with shawls like this one by Louis Vuitton? It adds a note of old-Hollywood glamour and protects you if it gets cold, which it apparently did on Sunday. Also, these colours look fantastic together, and Kaitlyn Dever told reporters that it's made sustainably. What's not to love?

Billie Eilish

Finally, someone wears a Chanel tracksuit to the Oscars!

Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

The always dapper Spike Lee paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, while his wife, filmmaker Tonya Lewis Lee, opted for a fitted dress in pristine white.

Mindy Kaling

Clearly Jessica Mulroney is good at her job, because this Dolce & Gabbana dress is incredible. The canary-yellow colour, the gathered bodice, and asymmetrical shoulders are so simple but so glam.

Laura Dern

Love that Laura Dern hit the red carpet with her mom and her kids (not pictured here)! Hate that she chose a dress with so many tassels.

Sigourney Weaver

This looks so comfortable and yet so stylish, the ultimate combination.

Chrissy Metz

The colour feels a liiiiiitle on the nose for a red carpet, but that draping is beautiful.

Zazie Beetz

Excessively glamourous. 

Kerri Higuchi and John Cho

Cute couple alert! He could have gone for a charcoal grey suit if he really wanted to let her shine, but they do look very sweet.

America Ferrera

This headband was ... divisive, to say the least, but we can all agree that the red dress, straight hair, baby bump, and gold rings are lovely.

Regina King

This Versace dress is one of the best of the night: the muted rose colour is restrained, but the diamonds are glam. The cut and the train are both so elegant. "It's the first time I've had this much dress," she told E! on the red carpet, but it's definitely working.


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