The Oscars: who ruled the red carpet and who failed to impress

The stars are out for the Academy Awards and here is a selection of the best and worst looks

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 11:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 February, 2016, 12:21pm

Lady Gaga swept onto the red carpet at the Oscars and stunned with a strapless white trouser suit with a flowing half skirt by Brandon Maxwell.

Alicia Vikander set the tone on the Oscars red carpet in a pale yellow custom Louis Vuitton gown, her hair flowing down her back. The Swedish actress has become an “it” girl for glam and didn’t disappoint this time around in the strapless princess gown with a balloon hem that was higher in the front. Like her hemline, her hair was also high-low, fastened into a half bun that showed off her chandelier earrings. “I love the colour,” she said from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Brie Larson, another of the new “it” carpet ladies, wore a blue ruffled Gucci with a silvery belt and columns of loose ruffles.

Sofia Vergara wore a deep blue strapless dress from Marchesa and Schwartz diamond earrings that burst like fireworks.

Mindy Kaling was in a sleek black crepe gown from Elizabeth Kennedy with a huge violet blue silk sash that tied at the back and fell in a train to the ground.

Priyanka Chopra dazzled in a strapless white Zuhair Murad couture dress. “I felt very princessy today,” Chopra said of her form-hugging, mermaid-cut dress in silk tulle adorned with climbing flowers.

Olivia Wilde wore a Valentino haute couture dress, cut to the waist and highly dependent on tape to keep everything in place. She paired it with a dainty choker. “It’s pretty fun,” she said of the look that gave off an apron vibe.

And then there was Whoopi Goldberg. She was bold in black. She said her look was modelled on a gown Bette Davis wore in All About Eve.

Several celebs went with shorter hemlines, just above the ankle, including Daisy Ridley in a sparkly silver look that had dainty sheer at the waist and hem. Patricia Arquette and Naomi Watts also graced the carpet in shades of blue.

Representing her native Ireland, Saoirse Ronan chose all-around sequins in emerald from Calvin Klein. The gown hugged her body perfectly, set off with mismatched drop Chopard earrings – white pearls and emeralds.

Rooney Mara wore a Givenchy long-sleeved dress with a diamond cutout at the chest and a fairly modest front slit. It also had buttons and busy pointed ruffles, all in embroidered gray tulle.

Cate Blanchett flashed some cleavage in her romantic, blue-green Armani gown with flower petal accents.

The evening’s fluffy confection? Heidi Klum in Versace. It was also a pale colour and swallowed her up in folds.

Who stuck out among the guys?

Abraham Attah, the 14-year-old from Ghana who appeared in Beast of No Nation, rocked a tuxedo and a pair of custom-made Tom’s slip-ons in black. TThe company plans to distribute 10,000 pairs of shoes to Ghana in Attah’s honour.

Sylvester Stallone looked slick in a blue dinner jacket with black and blue lapels, and a black shirt and bow tie. “It’s been a most memorable year,” he wrote on Instagram.

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and a nominee again this year for The Danish Girl, looked sharp in an Alexander McQueen tuxedo with a velvet jacket.