The 92nd Academy Awards finished off awards season on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Oscars are a night to make a fashion statement, as celebrities save their most glamorous gowns for one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.
There’s no denying that people stay true to their style and personality on the red carpet. This year, that translated to a mix of glamour along with the casualisation of fashion for the big night. Timothee Chalamet and Billie Eilish redefined mainstream red carpet fashion — sporting comfort along with style. Likewise, Charlize Theron and Brie Larson stayed true to Oscar tradition with simple yet jaw-dropping gowns. Here are a few of the best dressed moments from the 2020 Oscars red carpet:
Bombshell actress Charlize Theron dominated the Oscar red carpet in a black off-the-shoulder Christian Dior gown, with a high slit and long train. Theron’s classic and simple style proved to be jaw-dropping and resembled Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Dior Haute Couture gown.
The outfit included accessories like a diamond necklace by Tiffany & Co. valued at $5 million and featured 165 diamonds in total. Theron was up for a Best Actress nomination for her role as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, which she eventually lost to Judy’s Renee Zellweger.
Brie Larson stepped onto the red carpet glowing in an elegant champagne Celine by Hedi Slimane ballgown. The Captain Marvel actress was praised for the simplicity of her dress that included a plunging neckline and matching cape. The high slit allowed her to show off her matching bedazzled strappy heels, that looked anything but comfortable. The actress went onto presenting duties for the evening.
After walking away with an astounding five awards at the 2020 Grammys, Billie Eilish continued her momentum on the Oscars red carpet dressed head-to-toe in an oversized Chanel ensemble. The fashion statement may not have been mainstream Oscars attire, but the “bad guy” singer has shown repetitively that she does fashion on her own terms and refuses to play by the rules.
Her hair was fixed up with a “CC” logo hair clip, while her lacy fingerless gloves were labelled “Cha” and “Nel.” The look was finished off with extremely long nails that resembled that of Cardi B’s. Eilish went on to perform a rendition of “Yesterday” by The Beatles for the ceremony’s In Memoriam.
Margot Robbie finished off her big awards season on the Oscars red carpet, saving one of her most stunning gowns for last. The actress stepped out in a vintage strapless black Chanel dress with cuff sleeves and a jewel tassel brooch. Robbie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bombshell, but the award went to Laura Dern for her role in Marriage Story.
Chalamet broke the glamour cliche of the Oscars by strutting the red carpet in a navy Prada zip-up tracksuit. The Little Women actor paired the “chich mechanic” look with square-toed dress shoes, slicked-back hair and a diamond Cartier brooch. The unusual outfit started a frenzy on social media, with people thinking Chalamet looks like any profession except an Oscar-nominated actor. Some felt he portrayed gym teacher, while others thought he resembled a Ghostbuster. However, the most accurate summary was tweeted by John Manuel Arias, who labelled it “gas station dracula.”
Director Spike Lee’s red carpet attire caught attention as it paid tribute to the late basketball player Kobe Bryant. Lee sported a custom, royal purple Gucci suit with the number 24 embroidered on the front lapels and back collar. The director paired the suit with Nike Kobe 9 high-top shoes and a purple-rimmed hat.
Lee knew Bryant and his family for over a decade after directing the 2009 documentary Kobe Doin’ Work. The suit is a “tribute, honor and homage,” Lee said on the red carpet.