Who cares about cInEmA when there’s a red carpet to watch and critique instead. The 93rd Academy Awards is back on, baby, and luckily for us, there’s an Oscars red carpet after all. Of course, with Covid, it’s a much smaller, less chaotic red carpet than usual, but the stars (and their teams) have still brought it, and therefore, we shall enjoy.
LaKeith Stanfield has just three posts on his Instagram page, and this is one of them. We are blessed it made the grid. That’s all.
Laura Dern is taking the ostrich feathers trend to new heights. She is like a glorious feather duster. She is one of those saucy maids from Beauty and the Beast (before they turn into humans, no I can’t explain this). You can’t see it just yet, but that Oscar de la Renta dress goes to the floor. I’ll get a pic as soon as Getty sorts its shit out.
Update: here we go!
I don’t think I even have the words, just a bunch of flame emojis. Angela Bassett in Alberta Ferretti. A vision, a goddess, a gift to all of us wearing trackie daks and pretending to work from home RN. That’s all.
Margot!!!! There she is. Our girl is stunning in Chanel, debuting a fringe that makes me want to cut bangs immediately. If you’ve forgotten, she produced Promising Young Woman, so this toned down glam look feels just right for someone who might score a win, but isn’t looking to steal the show.
Olivia Colman, a queen both on and off the screen. This is her snapped in London, arriving at the UK hub for the Academy Awards (you know, with a global pandemic making jetsetting an expensive and difficult task). The sleeves are a delight, the subtle belt nails it, and although you can’t see it here, the shoes add just enough architectural detail to pull the whole thing together.
I love so many elements of this – the pleated skirt, the asymmetrical straps. I can’t quite put my finger on what is annoying me. The dangling end of the belt, maybe? Probably that. Anyway, I’m sure Reese Witherspoon looks utterly glam when walking in this, it’s a dress that screams MOVEMENT. To me, anyway, the fashion idiot.
Getty either didn’t manage to snap Zendaya (????) or is taking one million years to upload the pic, so you’ll have to gaze upon her yellow Valentino number via this Instagram which I found (via Zendaya’s Instagram story, everyone say ‘Thank you, Zendaya’). She is, of course, perfection. She’s always perfection! Zendaya has destroyed every red carpet she’s ever walked. She unfortunately has no nominations this year, but she’s a certified future Oscar winner at this point.
Update: here we go!
Pretty woman wears pretty dress. Vanessa Kirby‘s look is a bit of a safe classic, but I can’t fault it. Although you might know her best from The Crown, she’s up for best actress in Pieces of a Woman. Maybe the non-attention seeking dress is a nod to the fact that she’s not tipped to win? Perhaps.
Viola Davis looks like a beautiful swan. She’s been choosing bright, bold looks for the rest of the awards season, so switching to an all-white look – crafted by non other than Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen – is a perfect way to round-off this season. She’s up for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and as the most nominated Black female actor of all time, all eyes are on her to win this one.
Choé Zhao wearing white sneakers is almost in defiance of the Academy’s strict “no fucking around with lockdown fashion” rule, and I could not love it more. The Nomadland director looks both chic and comfy, which is all I ever aspire to be. The braids are just the cherry on top. My only reservation here is that if you don’t use the Oscars red carpet to pull out some extremely OTT outfit then when are you? But perhaps Chloé has no desire to. Respect.
She is regal, royal, 80s perfection. Regina King – wearing a pale blue Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière – might have won the red carpet this year. Regina has not put a toe wrong in living memory (fashion or otherwise), and this lewk is no exception. Those winged shoulders are the immediate and obvious draw, but the more I look, the more I love.
MORE MEN WITH ACTUAL PEARL NECKLACES, PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Daniel Kaluuya has definitely gotten the memo that there’s nothing more masculine than a man adopting some traditionally feminine style notes (see: Harry Styles, and all the men who came before him). According to the NYT, it’s technically not a necklace but just “pearl-sized diamonds”, which, okay, sure.
Amanda Seyfried (up for Mank) is a vision in tulle. She looks like an ultra glam version of whatever five-year-old me thought princesses wore. The hair, the lip, the earring – I love it. She’s wearing Armani Privé, and I need a YouTube tutorial stat on whatever is giving her gravity-defying tatas. I swear there’s not enough Hollywood tape in the world to make them do that, and I should know – I’ve tried. Taking notes for my next red carpet (someone please invite me).
When you’re not sure what to wear, dressing as the little golden statue itself is ALWAYS a winner. Carey Mulligan (up for Promising Young Woman) is an absolute vision. The little bandeau and midriff makes it extremely 2021, but the OTT skirt and sheen makes it red carpet worthy. I also find it interesting that her hair is as simple as possible, in complete contrast to her character Cassie’s hair extension-assisted locks. Anyway, love. Just wonder how she’s going to sit down / pop to the loo.
Alan S. Kim
Okay STOP IT. My ovaries are pulsing. They’re glowing through my skin. Alan S. Kim has stolen the show at every award ceremony this season, so of course the Oscars are no exception. The shorts! The mismatched socks! Also he’s joined by his mum, Canadian actress Vicky Kim.
How much can you really do with a black suit, anyway? I applaud Steven Yeun (in Gucci) for taking a smidge of a risk with a slightly unusual bow tie.
Yuh-Jung Youn & Yeri Han
Look at these two!!! If Minari doesn’t break some record for one billion Oscars awarded to one movie, we riot at dawn.
Emerald Fennell (up for best director for Promising Young Woman, although Nomadland director Chloé Zhao is the odds on favourite) in a dress that is just… fine. This is the dress that made Miranda Priestly roll her eyes at florals, for spring. I love a green and pink colourway but the neck frills don’t do it for me. However, when asked by E!‘s Giuliana Rancic to describe her dress, Fennell replied: “It’s ‘pottery teacher with a new business proposition’.” Queen shit.
Glenn Close could wear a potato sack and I would still love it, because it would still be Glenn Close wearing it. I also love a fashion look from any woman who’s made it past Hollywood’s cut off age of 23. A particular shout out to Glenn Close’s gloves, which is the first example of stylish PPE I’ve seen on the carpet so far. (Note: PPE is not mandatory today.)
We’re updating as the pics roll in, so keep refreshing!