The Oscars were... interesting. Some of the night's biggest winners were delightful surprises that resulted in great speeches. Others are best left undiscussed. One of the night's biggest highlights, though, came from the fashion of the many stars in attendance, especially those red carpet dresses. Male, female, old or young, there was bold, interesting fashion to be had almost everywhere on the red carpet.
In fact, the looks were so good this year that, for the most part, there didn't seem to be any duds. Whether the dresses featured capes, sleeves, or even coats, all of them seemed to be fabulous and well thought out. What's more, there was a fairly wide range of colors. The nominees and presenters in attendance were bringing their A-games, and there were even a few guys who got in on the fashion action. Here are 17 of the very best looks from last night's ceremony.
Hannah Beachler's name might not be the most high profile on this list, but her dress was definitely one of the best of the night. When she won for production design for her work on Black Panther, she took the stage in a beautiful one-shouldered red gown.
The look was made perfect when she put on her glasses so that she could read her speech. That speech ended up being one of the very best of the night, and she became the first black woman to win for production design. On top of the dress, she certainly has a lot of other things to be proud of.
This former Oscar-winner took the stage to present an award last night and looked great doing it. Her metallic Celine gown showed off the actress's slim physique. When presenting with Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson, it was clear that Brie was having an incredible amount of fun.
Sometimes, it's easier to attend the Oscars if you know you aren't going to have to give a speech. Brie probably had a terrific night, and the look only added to it. She's also partly responsible for giving Spike Lee his Oscar, which may have been the perfect cap on the evening for her.
Regina King is pretty much always great, so her win at the Oscar ceremony was particularly gratifying. In an ivory Oscar de la Renta dress that was one of the few white gowns of the night, Regina looked flawless. The strapless dress exuded elegance even as the high slit allowed things to get just a little bit risque.
Of course, her hair and jewelry did an outstanding job of matching the work done by her dress. Regina seemed genuinely overwhelmed when she took the stage, but she didn't have to be. Her dress did 90% of the work for her.
Melissa McCarthy actually got the chance to wear two outfits last night, and both of them were pretty great. On the red carpet, capes were everywhere, and Melissa's was one of the very best. Her two-piece ensemble came from Brandon Maxwell, but it was not the outfit she wore to present Best Costume Design.
For that award, she and co-presenter Bryan Tyree Henry took looks inspired by The Favourite. That bit of fashion was particularly bold, but it also got some of the biggest laughs of the night. After all, fashion should be subtle, except for those times when it isn't at all.
Although Billy Porter wasn't nominated for anything, he may have just stolen the night. The Pose star stepped out early in the night in a tuxedo that turns into a ballgown from designer Christian Siriano. The beauty of the tux/dress wasn't the end of the outfit, though.
There's also some artfully designed cuffs and matching bling. Billy Porter clearly knew that the Oscars red carpet was a once in a lifetime opportunity. He wasn't going to dare to let it go to waste. Although he was one of the first looks we saw all night, he proved to be one that was incredibly hard to top.
Men don't often get the chance to have outright fashion moments at the Oscars. In part, that's because it's so hard to take risks outside the black tux that you can pull off. Thankfully, If Beale Street Could Talk star Stephan James decided to take such a risk.
Stephan stepped out in a red velvet Etro tux that seemed to fit him like a glove. The ensemble was one of the boldest efforts of the night from a man. Hopefully, it inspires a little bit more experimentation at future awards shows on the male side of things, even if some of it is terrible.
Although Glenn Close went home empty-handed (yet again), she looked absolutely divine doing it. Her golden Carolina Herrera gown, which came with a matching cape, seemed like the perfect ensemble for a Best Actress winner. The gown was made from over 4 million beads, for goodness sakes!
The gown was also a whopping 42 pounds as a result. You've got to hand it to The Wife, she doesn't go the easy route. Even though she went home without a trophy, CClose took the loss looking like a champ. She's a national treasure. Now give the woman her Oscar!
Michelle Yeoh is an absolute queen. If she can't be in charge of everything, she can, at the very least, put on a good show on the red carpet. That's precisely what the Crazy Rich Asians star did on Sunday night.
Her gown from Ellie Saab had wonderful metallic elements. Like her co-star Constance Wu, Michelle's dress was also an off-the-shoulder piece that seemed fit for royalty. Given Michelle's status as an icon of Hollywood and Chinese cinema, that only feels appropriate. Crazy Rich Asians may not have been nominated at all, but the film's ladies certain made their presence felt on Sunday.
Now that Lady Gaga has an Oscar, she may not care how her red carpet look was received. Although it lacked some of the pop star's past boldness, the look was a perfect fit for the Oscars. The completely black ensemble was the perfect contrast to Gaga's incredibly light hair.
The dress, from Alexander McQueen, came with classy matching gloves. Even better, Gaga wore the Tiffany diamond, which is reportedly worth $30 million and hasn't been worn since Audrey Hepburn strapped it on in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Even if she didn't take home Best Actress, it's hard to argue that Gaga had a bad night.
A yellow dress is something of a risk, especially on a red carpet. Although they don't have to clash, yellow and red definitely don't always go well together. Constance Wu clearly knew what she was doing, though. Her Atelier Versace dress was the perfect shade, and that wasn't the only good thing about it.
The off-the-shoulder number featured Swarovski crystals in the bodice, and was combined with a simple ponytail. The Crazy Rich Asians may not have been nominated, but she proved to be one of the presenting highlights of the night. May she appear in many more Oscars ceremonies to come.
When Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan came out to present an award together, it was too much beauty to handle. For her part, Tessa wore a tiered Chanel dress with gold accentuating it throughout. The dress paired perfectly with the actress's accessories, which only improved the actress's classic look.
Although she has yet to be nominated at the big show, that day feels like it is approaching rapidly. When it finally comes, at least we know Tessa will acquit herself well on the red carpet. If she keeps carrying around arm candy like Michael B. Jordan, it'll be even better.
Kacey Musgraves seems to be pretty much everywhere these days, but it's not like anyone's complaining. The country star was at the show as a presenter, but her red carpet look also turned plenty of heads.
There were a few pink gowns scattered throughout the ceremony, but Kacey's was definite the best. She stepped out in a Giambattista Valli that was puffy and tiered. It resembled cotton candy in the very best way. As if being a wildly talented musician wasn't enough, she's also proven that she can outdress most people on the red carpet. Now that's what I call talented.
Although she's only 15, Elsie Fisher has been among the most fun people to watch this awards season. Her look at the Oscars only served to continue that trend. Instead of a dress, Elsie went with a perfectly tailored suit from Thom Browne.
The Eighth Grade star's fashion future looks bright. Hopefully, it's accompanied by many more starring roles as well. Fisher's turn in the movie proved to be one of the biggest acting discoveries of a year already filled with great performances. Elsie's strengths in both acting and fashion make her a perfect fit for the Oscars. Here's to many future trips.
In many ways, Amy Adams is an old-fashioned Hollywood movie star. It's fitting, then, that her dress was one of the most classic of the night. Her Versace dress looked like it had been carved out of marble, along with the actress's visage.
The fact that Adams looked so pristine despite losing yet another Oscar is just another indication of the actress's ever-flowing wealth of talent. Her films aren't the only thing that often resembles a work of art. The muted colors of the dress allowed her shock of red hair to shine through. When you have hair like that, you don't need a colorful dress.
Gemma Chan was one of several breakout stars from Crazy Rich Asians, and her gown reinforced her elegant image. Her fuschia taffeta gown with expanding frills proved that Gemma is a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet. The high neckline have the dress a beautiful line, and Chan's beautiful features were only reinforced by the gown.
It's well-known too that pockets are a huge bonus, especially at long events. The fact that Chan's dress from Valentino looked so flawless AND gave her the ability to keep her arms from dangling makes it one of the best looks of the night.
You knew Charlize Theron's ensemble was going to be fierce as soon as you saw her hair. Sporting a fresh brunette bob, the actress stepped out in a long-sleeved, backless Dior gown. The dusty blue color of the gown paired perfectly with the actress's new hair. Her accessories from BVLGARI’s Serpenti collection, which included a white gold double necklace with a matching bracelet and a diamond necklace of over 75 carats only served to make those watching at home more jealous.
From head to toe, Charlize brought it on the red carpet. Although she wasn't one of the night's big winners inside the theater, on the red carpet, she looked like the victor.