Hollywood’s biggest night kicked off with a carousel of high-profile celebrities.
The theme for this year’s 94th Academy Awards is “movie fans unite,” a reference to the “deep existential crisis” currently facing the film industry and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Oscars are trying to come back after years of declining ratings, including last year’s lowest ratings.
In a bid to pique audiences’ interest, this year’s show is hosted by the unlikely trio Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
For fashionistas watching from home, the pre-show runway is half the fun. This year’s red carpet stars? Sparkling sequins, big ruffles and bright red looks.
Many celebrities wear blue and yellow accessories to show their support for Ukraine as it endures an ongoing Russian invasion – some guests pinned a blue ribbon from the UN Human Rights Committee, reading ‘with refugees”, on their dresses and lapels.
Stay tuned for more looks throughout the night.
Shine in Gucci! Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain wore an ombre dress with copper and lavender sequins, a high ponytail and dangling earrings.
Jason Momoa, co-star of Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve Dunes, arrived on the red carpet in a simple navy blue and black tuxedo. He made a statement with his blue and yellow pocket square in support of Ukraine.
The three hosts of the evening wore radically different looks.
Sykes walked the red carpet in a white suit with wide lapels, while fellow comedian Schumer wore an understated navy dress with a ribbon design framing the neckline. Hall stunned in a sheer hazel dress layered over a bodice.
Alana Haim, who made her film debut as a Best Picture nominee Licorice Pizzalooked elegant in a shimmering scalloped dress and silver sandals.
The musician-turned-actress brought two more familiar faces: her sisters Este and Danielle, pictured left to right, are her Licorice Pizza HAIM co-stars and teammates.
Lupita Nyong’o shimmered in a festive gold confetti-like dress with pink polka dots, muted lipstick and a high hairstyle.
The Oscar-winning actress is also a champion of red carpet style: when she won Best Supporting Actress in 2014, she donned a princess sky blue dress.
Ariana DeBose – the night’s first winner, having won Best Supporting Actress – channeled her bright and colorful look West Side Story character Anita in a scarlet cape and costume, accessorized with a diamond necklace and bold eye makeup.
The fiery trend continued with several stars opting for a bold crimson look. Marlee Matlin, who stars in the Best Picture nomination CODAwore a long-sleeved red dress with fabric gathered at the waist, completing the look with bombshell blonde waves and a blue necklace. The stewardess star Rosie Perez wore a dress designed by Christian Siriano with a train, while Tracee Ellis Ross stunned in Carolina Herrera.
The worst person in the world Star Renate Reinsve made a statement on the red carpet in a Louis Vuitton dress reminiscent of the flapper days. The Norwegian actress kept it interesting with the black and cream look, filled with lace and sequins.