The prestigious 90th Academy Awards were held on March 4, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and needless to say it was as glamorous as ever! The grand finale to the awards season was hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and as usual, the world was watching as big Hollywood names brought their glitz and the glamour to the red carpet.
In addition to honouring Hollywood achievers, through the years the red carpet has also turned into an important platform for fashion expression, with stars making bold statements with their designer outfits. While not everyone in attendance goes home with their own statuette, they can still steal a bit of limelight with the right outfit. This year, the red carpet was alive with some beautifully eccentric colours, along with some pastels. According to the tabloids, Big Little Eyes’ Nicole Kidman stole all the attention in her striking cobalt blue Armani Privé dress. But everyone deserves a fair chance, so here are some of the looks that made jaws drop.
Although she’s been missing from the carpet for four years, Sandra Bullock came back with a bang, choosing the most perfect black and gold Louis Vuitton gown to make a splash. Her understated makeup and sleek, straight hair helped the gown shine in all its glitzy glory. It featured a halter neck and just the right amount of black ensured that the sequin embellishment all over her gown didn’t seem too loud. The “Gravity” actress turned heads in the outfit, and definitely shimmered her way onto the night’s best-dressed list.
Although we mentioned her already, her stunning outfit deserves a little dive into the details. She wore a strapless gown featuring a dramatic sweetheart neckline and a thigh-high slit with a huge bow at the waist, creating a sexy yet elegant vibe. Her dress was designed by Armani Privé and when paired with Harry Winston jewellery and simple but classy Christian Louboutin shoes, the look was one of the best on the red carpet. Kidman is known to leave an impression everywhere she goes and this year, she certainly did not disappoint.
Another actress known for her incredible red-carpet style is the 2017 Best Actress winner, “La La Land” star Emma Stone. And while she may be making waves with her fashionable presence, it is her unadulterated talent and charming personality that makes her such a fan favourite. This time around, she experimented with a Louis Vuitton pant-suit and made quite the statement. She radiated confidence in a stylish pair of pants paired with a deep wine coloured blazer, held together with a beautiful pink satin bow belt. She went with just a black diamond ring and earrings, keeping it simple for the jewellery, as she did with her hair. A straight, sleek look is all she needed, but all of it beautifully complemented her attire. Her outfit choice was interesting, especially considering it was for the Oscars. In the end, it was her confidence and nonchalant attitude that had people taking a second look.
Another beautifully vibrant cobalt blue gown made an appearance on the red carpet this year, adorned by “Mother’s Day” star Jennifer Garner. Her Atelier Versace gown was impossible to miss and she looked absolutely beautiful in it. The outfit spelled old-time glam, with her voluminous hair in a sexy side part, showing off her white gold earrings encrusted with diamonds and blue sapphires. The chiffon asymmetrical neckline is what made the dress unique, with the cape and the long trail adding to the drama and creating a truly show-stopping number. Accessorised with Versace shoes and Piaget jewellery, this 45-year-old made heads turn.
Veteran actress Meryl Streep can do no wrong. Everyone loved her as the ruthless Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada”, and she got the same reaction to her “Shrek” inspired fairy god-mother outfit, looking like she is about to belt out the ‘I Need a Hero’ chorus. Her scarlet Dior gown was timeless, making the 68-year-old look effortlessly elegant. Accessorised with a Christian Louboutin clutch and Fred Leighton jewellery, her wardrobe is as stellar as her career.
All that glitters is gold, and that includes Jennifer Lawrence in her stunning metallic gold Dior gown from the recent pre-fall collection. The dress, paired with a sensual cat eye look, almost emanated an elegant armour and gave the “Red Sparrow” actress a gorgeously fierce look. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline with super skinny, almost invisible straps. Metallic paillettes changed sizes and shapes as they cascaded down the gown, making her look like a gold goddess. The wavy hair and simple diamond bracelet and ring completed the look perfectly.
The 21-year-old actress is known for her unpredictable and experimental fashion style and she once again made jaws drop in her flowy, one-shoulder gown. The Giambattista Valli creation was a distinctive but lovely plum shade. The cut of the dress was almost neoclassical, and made her look like a Greek goddess. With her long locks thrown into an elegant bun, showing off her Italian jeweller’s heritage art deco earrings in platinum and diamond, along with platinum bracelets and diamond rings, she looked like a dream. She added satin Karin sandals by Brian Attwood to the mix, and sported the same beautiful plum shade on her eyes, making for a very striking ensemble that no one will forget anytime soon.
Matthew McConaughey with wife Camila Alves
AND THE AWARD GOES TO...
The biggest battle for the Oscars this year was between Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape Of Water”, and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. The former was up for Best Picture and Best Director, as well as performances by Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, original screenplay, cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, score, sound mixing, and sound editing, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was up for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, along with Martin McDonagh’s ingenious writing and performances by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and film editing. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic, “Dunkirk”, collected eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director as well as cinematography, film editing, production design, score, sound mixing and sound editing.
The cast and crew of Best Picture winner, The Shape Of Water
“The Shape Of Water”, a love story that involved an amphibian-humanoid creature, emerged as the big winner with a total of four awards, including the Best Picture and Best Director, along with Original Score and Best Design. Meanwhile, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stood out thanks to the brilliant acting of Best Actress Frances McDormand, who beat the likes of Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie, and Saoirse Ronan. The film also won the Best Supporting Actor award for Sam Rockwell. Other nominees for Best Picture included “The Post”, “Call Me By Your Name”, “Lady Bird”, “Darkest Hour”, “Get Out”, and “Phantom Thread”. Best Supporting Actor nominees included Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, and Richard Jenkins. Allison Janney, who was up against Lesley Manville, Laurie Metcalf, Mary J. Blige, and Octavia Spencer, took home Best Supporting Actress honours for her role in “I, Tonya”. Best Actor was a tough competition, with notable performances by actors such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Denzel Wahington, and Timothée Chalamet. However, when the night was done, Gary Oldman took the cake for his strong take on Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour”.
Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman
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