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The 92nd Academy Awards – Our Best Dressed From The Oscars 2020

And just like that, awards season is over for another year…

The 92nd Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles last night, rounding off another epic awards season full of glitz, glamour, and more political statements than we could shake a stick at.

It was clear to see that the stars of Tinseltown saved some of their best ensembles for last. After all, the Oscars are the biggest night of the year in Hollywood, so standing out and making a statement with your sartorial choices is a given! And speaking of statements, there were quite a few stand-out trends on the red carpet that didn’t go unnoticed. Especially as one of them was a statement, sometimes even gargantuan, sleeve.

Yes, statement sleeves were very apparent on last night’s Oscars red carpet, with the likes of Margot Robbie, Sandra Oh, Gal Gadot, and now Oscar-winning-actress Renee Zellweger experimenting with the trend.

Capes also had their moment last night, with 2016 Oscar-winner Brie Larson giving us one of our favourite looks of the night courtesy of her glistening custom Celine gown. And Natalie Portman also got social media talking with her Dior ensemble, as her cape came emblazoned with the names of “snubbed” female directors. What is an awards season red carpet without the odd feminist or political statement these days?

We will never forget the 2020 Oscars. We laughed (courtesy of James Corden and Rebel Wilson making fun of themselves and their failed Cats movie) we cried (thanks to Billie Eilish’s haunting rendition of The Beatles classic Yesterday) but best of all, we marvelled at the stunning red carpet outfits. Let’s take a look at some of our best-dressed A-listers (we would say ladies, but just wait ‘til you see a certain Pose emcee… we couldn’t possibly leave him out!) on the Oscars 2020 red carpet.

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Brie Larson in Celine

This dress is everything we expect from the biggest night of the year in Hollywood. Sparkles – check. The right amount of skin on show for a sexy yet classy look – check. A gorgeous colour that complements the actress’s skin tone and hair perfectly - check. The finishing touches that guarantee the look is not only a perfect 10, but a perfect 10 that will be remembered for generations to come? But of course! Brie Larson’s custom Celine gown ticked all of our boxes, as did the accessories she chose to elevate her look and take it to the next level. Her shoes in particular were the perfect choice – complementary yet non-distracting. We couldn’t ask for anything more!

Scarlett Johansson in Oscar de la Renta

What does someone who is nominated for two Oscars for two different films wear? Pretty much this! We would certainly entrust Oscar de la Renta with the task of dressing us for such an honour, and as expected, the ODLR team certainly didn’t disappoint. Scarlett Johansson has been having some dressed-down, girl next door, blend-into-the-background moments lately, largely due to her film roles, so we’re glad to see the glamour puss back on top form. This was the perfect dress for ScarJo, as it showcased her enviable figure and proved that she has true Hollywood star quality. She didn’t put a sartorial foot wrong, and although she didn’t walk away with any accolades (she was up for Best Actress in Marriage Story and for Best Supporting Actress in Jojo Rabbit) she certainly won our hearts!

Renée Zellweger in Armani Privé

Judy actress Renée Zellweger walked home with the golden statue for her remarkable portrayal of Judy Garland last night. As one of the favourites to win the Oscar, Renée Zellweger could have gone bold with her outfit choice, opting for a voluminous ballgown or glittering ensemble like so many Best Actress nominees have done before her. Especially as she most likely had her pick of designers who were desperate to dress her. However, we love how the actress has maintained the same subtle, classy, and flattering silhouette this entire awards season, proving that she has stayed true to herself throughout. Simple, classy, elegant, award-winning - that's Renée Zellweger in a nutshell! Plus, she gets extra points for jumping on the statement sleeve bandwagon.

Janelle Monáe in Ralph Lauren

If you can’t dress in literal head to toe sparkles for the Oscars, when can you? Janelle Monáe set our pulses racing with her bold Ralph Lauren ensemble. Always one to make heads turn on a red carpet with her sartorial choices, Janelle Monáe didn’t disappoint. We were expecting something more androgynous, as per her usual red carpet style, so she really surprised us with this voluminous A-line silhouette. Another one of our best dressed contenders!

Margot Robbie in Chanel

We knew that Chanel ambassador Margot Robbie would be loyal to the French fashion House, so we had a lot of fun going through the archives to predict what she would be wearing. The Oscar nominated actress stayed true to her and Chanel’s understated, classy, and glamorous aesthetic, and the gown she picked couldn’t have been more perfect. We are obsessed with the subtle statement sleeves, and her hair and make-up were on point, as always. Sleek waves, a flawless base, and a bold red lip – Margot has nailed it!

Billy Porter in Giles Deacon

To quote the Pose judges - TEN, TEN, TEN, TEN! Not one to be outshone was Pose actor Billy Porter. His Giles Deacon gown was reportedly inspired by the British royal family –in particular, Kensington Palace. “The Oscars are a royal event, so naturally we took inspiration from Kensington Palace. I’m officially a Queen with a KW,” he wrote on Instagram. Billy Porter may be Broadway royalty, but he is red carpet royalty now thanks to another unforgettably successful awards season.

Natalie Portman in Dior

Another loyal brand ambassador, Natalie Portman worked closely with Dior to ensure that her ethereal outfit was multi-functional. Not only did Natalie Portman want to stun on the red carpet – which she did – but she also wanted to make a feminist statement too. Natalie Portman wasn’t the only one to notice the lack of female directors nominated this year, and she wanted to use her A-list voice to honour them. Instead of grabbing a megaphone or chaining herself to something, Natalie Portman chose a subtle yet powerful way to get her message across – and that was to have the names of eight female directors who should have been considered for a nomination stitched into her cape. Let us help you in your mission, Natalie. The names were: Lorene Scafaria, Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig, Marielle Heller, Melina Matsoukas, Alma Har’el, Céline Sciamma and Mati Diop.

Mindy Kaling in Dolce and Gabbana

Finally, some colour on the red carpet! Pastel hues, soft shades, and different forms of metallic have been popular at The Oscars for quite a few years. And we get it, it works! But we love how Mindy Kaling chose to go forgo the tradition, go bold and bring some much-needed colour onto the red carpet. Yellow can sometimes be tricky to pull off, but when done right – like Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez in 2018 – it has the power to not only be a best dressed contender, but stay in our minds for years. Mindy Kaling looked radiant in her Dolce and Gabbana gown. It complemented her skin tone, flattered her figure, and made heads turn. What more could you want?

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