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What’s black and white and red all over? The Academy Awards red carpet, apparently! The 86th Oscars have been and gone, but we couldn’t let this post past without a look at the style, we just couldn’t. This year, not one but three of the Best Actress nominees went for monochrome, with Julianne Moore taking the gong in this sparkly number by Chanel.
It was all about the nudes and whites this year, with plunging necklines and barely there makeup, but the odd splash of red that appeared did so with great success. Rosamund Pike did it with aplomb in probably her very best look this awards season, after a whole host of misses. She certainly saved the best for last.
One of our favourite looks of the night came courtesy of Sienna Miller, who was supporting her movie American Sniper. Straight off the Oscar de la Renta A/W15 catwalk, the navy and black combo has never looked chicer. Totally appropriate for the February rain LA suffered on the day!
What’s the Academy Awards without a bit of Meryl Streep, and although she missed out on the Best Supporting Actress award to Patricia Arquette (who wore a(nother) monochrome dress designed by her best friend since childhood, Rosetta Getty), Meryl looked radiant in a Lanvin ensemble.
The non-nominees tended to have more fun with their choices, as is to be expected. Generally the spouse or partner of a nominee will wear something beautiful but subdued in order to let their partner shine – not so Sophie Hunter! She had a Liz Hurley moment in her custom made Lanvin gown, letting the world know she’s her own person, not just the wife of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Behati Binslow was another vision in red on the arm of her husband Adam Levine, who performed the song Lost Stars with his band Maroon 5, nominated for Best Original Song for the movie he appeared in alongside Keira Knightly last year, Begin Again.
Speaking of Keira Knightly, she made a departure from her fellow nominees’ pallatte, instead channelling a Earth Mother vibe in Valentino, looking relaxed and content in the process. I think she looked cute as a button, but would have like to have seen her hair pulled back.
Controversial, yes, but I loved Marion Cottilard’s drop-backed Dior creation. You can always trust her to pull out all the stops on a look and she wore it incredibly well.
Musician Joanna Newson looked practically perfect in every way with her beautiful white gown with turquoise jewellery. It was one of the standout top to toe looks of the night.
My pick for best dressed of the night has to go to Jennifer Hudson, utterly resplendant in canary yellow. I don’t think she’s ever looked better; the hair, the smile, the accessories, the easy pose is quite literally genius.
As for the men, most stuck to the usual tried, tested and true black tuxedo, which you can’t go wrong with but is totally Zzzz. Those who deviated from the norm did so with varying success. British actor David Oyelowo, snubbed for his role in Selma playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr., made quite the impact with his burgundy suit, and is top of the list of Best Dressed Men.
Host Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burka arrived together looking splendid in their tuxes of choice, but maybe it would have been nicer if their ensembles matched a little bit more. They didn’t need to be identical by any means, but they look like they’re off to two different events.
Jared Leto looked mad as a hatter, but he can do no wrong in my book. No wrong at all. Apart from his lego man shoes.
Best Actor in a Leading Role Winner Eddie Redmaybe continued his winning streak in Alexander McQueen alongside his wife Hannah Bagshaw wearing the same label. They both looked divine, perfectly complimenting one another. Gold looks good with navy, and the accessory he picked up on the night pulled the whole outfit together!