In pictures: the winning looks on this year’s Oscars red carpet
There were many dazzling outfits on the red carpet this year – here’s a selection of the best
Metallics, white, cream and champagne quickly emerged as red carpet favourites.
Best actress nominee Isabelle Huppert, already a Golden Globe winner for edgy rape-revenge thriller Elle, oozed glamour in her glittering long-sleeved, champagne floor-length Armani gown with a demure neckline.
Best supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman also went for Armani – a halter-neck nude gown with intricate kaleidoscope beading, her hair swept up and her lips bright red.
Rogue One star Felicity Jones, a nominee two years ago for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, earned mixed reviews for her gauzy pale Dior ballerina gown that recalled a Degas painting of dancers at the barre.
Also very much on trend: models Karlie Kloss, in a caped white Stella McCartney gown, and Chrissy Teigen in a revealing Zuhair Murad frock (hubby John Legend wore Gucci) with actress Hailee Steinfeld in a sheer floral Ralph & Russo gown.
Sheer winter white definitely was a favourite but there was plenty of room for classic Tinseltown glamour in other hues.
Emma Stone, who is favourite to win the best actress statuette for her turn in feel-good musical La La Land, sparkled in a retro gold Givenchy flapper gown with a tiered fringed skirt, her red hair in Veronica Lake waves.
Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson earned raves for a strapless midnight blue velvet Alberta Ferretti gown that hugged her curves. A deep front slit showcased a flash of toned leg.
Her Hidden Figures co-star, Octavia Spencer, also went off the shoulder in a feathery dove-gray silk organza gown by Marchesa.
Viola Davis, the favourite to take home best supporting actress honours for her work in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Fences, looked fierce in an Armani red silk gown that bared her shoulders.
Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga, nominated for best actress for her work in civil rights drama Loving, also chose red – a romantic floor-length Valentino gown with a lace collar, long sleeves, a train – and a ruby crown.
Janelle Monáe, who featured in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures, went for a major fashion moment. Her daring black Elie Saab gown featured a bodice with strategically placed embroidery and a massive Marie Antoinette skirt. A golden headband completed the look.
Actress Jessica Biel – whose singer husband Justin Timberlake is a nominee – also went for a bold red carpet moment in a body-conscious glittering gold Kaufmanfranco gown with sheer panels, a look that earned mixed reviews.
Best supporting actor nominees Dev Patel (Lion) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) arrived with their mothers on their arms.
Meryl Streep, who exchanged words over Oscars gowns with Karl Lagerfeld last week, wore midnight blue satin. It was Elie Saab Haute Couture and fell off her shoulders with delicate beading; slim ankle trousers were underneath.
Charlize Theron, always a red carpet favourite, received the metallic dress memo, hers in a green shimmer paired with huge 25-carat, pear-shaped diamond earrings from Chopard.
Halle Berry wore a huge head of tousled curls (she usually rocks a pixie) to go with her slinky, one-shoulder dress. It was Versace Atelier beaded sheer, fresh from the runway.
Rocking two tones: Michelle Williams, plunging black on top and Champagne below the waist, by Louis Vuitton.
Jackie Chan brought some furry friends to walk with him on the Oscars red carpet. The action star did red carpet interviews clutching two plush panda toys. He said he is a panda ambassador and also owns two of the bears in China.