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Nicolas Cage, 60, poses with wife Riko Shibata, 28, on Oscars red carpet

The couple made a rare appearance together at the Motion Picture & Television Fund benefit and then the Academy Awards

Olivia Hebert
Los Angeles
Sunday 10 March 2024 23:35 GMT
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Nicolas Cage brought his wife Riko Shibata with him to a pre-Oscars party in Los Angeles and then to the Academy Awards.

On 9 March, the couple attended the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s 22nd Annual Night Before at Fox Studio Lot, both donning black ensembles and holding hands. The event was co-chaired by Sterling K Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathé, America Ferrera and Ryan Piers-Williams, and Jodie Foster and Paul Giamatti.

The following day, the couple also attended the 2024 Oscars, walking the red carpet together. For the occasion, Cage wore a classic black tuxedo, while Shibata wore a black and grey structured gown, with the couple seen holding hands as they posed for photos.

At its 22nd annual star-studded benefit, the Motion Picture & Television Fund reportedly raised more than $4.3m. During the SAG-AFTRA strike, the MPTF provided more than $8m in charitable financial assistance to those impacted by the work stoppage. The funds raised at this benefit will continue to go to the MPTF’s programs and services, including financial assistance, crisis counseling, caregiving support, and the senior residential facility on the Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, which houses many former television and film stars.

The private couple was photographed chatting with Oscar-winner Brendan Fraser along with Colin Farrell. This marks a rare appearance for the couple, who were last seen on a red carpet together in March 2023, when they attended the premiere of Cage’s film Renfield at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

According to People, the actor, 60, met his fifth wife, 28, through mutual friends while filming his 2021 movie Prisoners of the Ghostland in Shiga, Japan. They tied the knot on 16 February 2021 in a “very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas”. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cage revealed that he felt that this time, he had finally felt like he had found the one. “I’m really happily married. I know five is a lot, but I think I got it right this time,” Cage gushed.

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The following year, they welcomed their daughter, August Francesca Coppola Cage. Cage explained to GQ that he and Shibata had initially chosen two names depending on whether or not they had a boy or a girl.

For a boy’s name, he explained that they wanted to go with the name Akira Francesco, paying homage to the actor’s famous uncle, Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola. Meanwhile, if it was a girl, they wanted to pay tribute to Cage’s father, August Coppola, with the name Lennon Augie. However, they ultimately went with a combination of the two and landed on August Francesca.

Cage already shares sons Kal-El, 16, with Alice Kim and Weston, 31, with Christina Fulton. However, August is his first daughter.

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