LORD OF THE RINGS star Liv Tyler's glasses at Sunday's Academy Awards (29FEB04) were not a fashion statement - she was worried she wouldn't be able to see the teleprompter without them.

The stunning actress stunned onlookers when she graced the Kodak Theatre's stage wearing a pair of SELIMA OPTIQUE frames while introducing some of the best song nominees.

But Tyler insists her decision was wear spectacles was purely out of necessity.

She says, "The last time I presented at the Oscars, I could see the monitor. But when I went to the SAG Awards the other day, I couldn't see a thing!

"I tried to buy contacts but one of them didn't fit. I didn't have time to get (new glasses) so I had to wear these."

05/03/2004 14:05