ICYMI, Here Are The Best And Worst Dressed Stars On The 2021 Oscar’s Red Carpet

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The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place just this Sunday, and it made history! The socially distanced, masked awards ceremony was held at the Union Station in L.A. and it was a ceremony filled with firsts and major wins that reflected a push for diversity and inclusion. Some notable wins include Chloe Zhao taking home the Best Director award for her work in Nomadland, making her the second woman and the first person of color to win this honor. Then there was Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, the first Black women to receive nominations, and win, in the best makeup and hairstyling department for their work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Finally, Yuh-Jung Youn was the first Korean performer to win the best supporting actress award for her role in Isaac Lee Chung’s Minari. For a full recap of the monumental night, check out this article.

 
 
 
 
 
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Seeing all these well-deserved wins for the BIPOC community made my little heart so happy. What also made me happy were all the radiant, bright colors on the red carpet! Here are the best (and worst) looks on this year’s Academy Awards red carpet! academy awards fashion

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Best Dressed

Angela Bassett

 
 
 
 
 
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Angela Bassett always looks STUNNING. The elegant, sleek bodice and full length gown with the slit perfectly balance the exaggerated puff sleeves of the dress. I’m also appreciating the sultry element she brought to this look with her smokey indigo eyeshadow and mauvey nude lip. Her makeup team did an A+ job! academy awards fashion


Carey Mulligan

 
 
 
 
 
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I usually don’t love sequins on the red carpet, but Carey Mulligan totally nails it in this 2-piece ballgown by Valentino. The pearl iridescence of the gown really balances the orange, creating a very sweet and subdued shade that isn’t overpowering on Carey’s fair complexion. I also like how she kept her makeup simple and sweet! academy awards fashion


Amanda Seyfried

 
 
 
 
 
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Another winning look in red! Amanda Seyfried looks like a princess in this extravagant red gown by Armani. I’m loving the plunging neckline and rich red lip she’s rocking. The look manages to be very forward and bold while still being tasteful and totally Oscars-appropriate.


Reese Witherspoon

 
 
 
 
 
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Contrary to some comments I’ve read, I actually enjoyed Reese Witherspoons duo-toned dress by Dior. I’m always interested to see how belts are incorporated into formal looks like this. I think the simple, thin black belt with the small gold buckle was a good choice to elevate an otherwise typical red carpet look. The asymmetrical neckline also brings interest to the gown, and I think Reese looks radiant. academy awards fashion


Zendaya

 
 
 
 
 
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This is hands-down my favorite red carpet look by far. Zendaya, being the fashion icon she is, literally never misses. The bright highlighter yellow shade is so fun, and unexpected, but it still looks so elegant on her. She’s rocking the very popular cutout silhouette, along with layered and statement silver necklaces and long mermaid waves. She looks absolutely beautiful from head to toe, and I always look forward to her red carpet appearances because of the way she pushes fashion boundaries.


Lakeith Stanfield

 
 
 
 
 
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Lakeith Stanfield was a standout for me, and the best dressed man at the Oscar’s in my opinion. He looks SO cool in his YSL jumpsuit that features a belt and large contrasting collar. The fit is impeccable and I’m loving the retro influences as well. The oversized sunglasses are a very nice touch. academy awards fashion



Worst Dressed

Margot Robbie

 
 
 
 
 
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Margot Robbie needs to retire her stylist ASAP. She wore a very similar look at a previous awards ceremony that we reviewed, and it’s honestly such a shame because she is so stunning. Sure, the dress is pretty but it’s boring, anticlimactic, and she looks like a snooze fest at such a large scale awards ceremony like the Oscar’s. Another miss. The bangs are cute though.


Andra Day

 
 
 
 
 
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Andra Day looks beautiful but the dress is a total miss for me. It looks like something Kylie Jenner would wear on a night out in Malibu, and that is not a compliment for the Oscar’s red carpet. The cutouts are interesting but I find the look to be much more appropriate for the VMA’s. The dress also looks like something you would find on Fashion Nova.


Vanessa Kirby

 
 
 
 
 
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The dress is not bad, but it’s also not great. I feel like there are a million other silhouettes out there that would be much more flattering on her and that pale pink is doing her no favors. She looks washed out, and the dark lip is almost too much of a contrast against her complexion and the color of her dress. The overall look is uninspiring. I would have loved to see her in a baby blue gown instead.


Halle Berry

 
 
 
 
 
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Anna Wintour, is that you? Just kidding. But first and foremost, that hair needs to go. Halle Berry is stunning so she somehow still pulls it off in a weird way but I’m not loving it. As for the dress, I feel like this sweetheart neckline and pleats make it look like a very dated, early 2000’s red carpet moment. The excess fabric at the center, gathered into a large bow, is also unflattering.

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Did you tune into the Academy Awards on Sunday? What did you think of the nominations and wins? Whose red carpet look was your favorite? Comment below!


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