Oscars 2020| Billy Porter, Billie Eilish, Scarlett Johansson: Best and worst dressed celebrities on the red carpet
Oscars are the most awaited Awards of the year, and also mark the end of the awards season. Hollywood celebrities united at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 92nd Academy Awards celebrations. The awards have been taking place here since 2002. And while celebrities were dressed to the nines, the Sunday event was marred by heavy rains, and though it dampened the red carpet, it didn’t dampen the spirit of the celebrities. Just their hairdos and outfits a bit.
Pose star Billy Porter had promised a surprise for Sunday’s Oscars red carpet - and he delivered with a gold-filled grand entrance. Porter, who has dominated red carpets in the past year with headline-grabbing, gender-fluid outfits, kicked off the ceremony in a Giles Deacon custom couture outfit, rocking a gold-feathered top and a voluminous printed gown paired with custom Jimmy Choo shoes - also golden. “Welcome to the #academyawards2020. Let the fashion games begin!,” Porter wrote in a Twitter post in which he shared a photo and details about his outfit. Billy Porter paid homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace in a 24-karat bodice of gold feathers. The custom made orange silk ball skirt was printed with touches paying homage to the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.
Rain threatened to dampen - if not the mood, perhaps some of the elaborate hairdos and dresses of the many Hollywood stars walking the red carpet on Sunday afternoon.
The power of pink
Actress Regina King, one of the night’s presenters and the winner of last year’s best supporting actress award for her role in the film adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” walked the red carpet in a single-strap light pink Versace gown with a diamond-laced top.
“I think it works with the weather because it’s warm,” King said, jokingly referring to the chilly weather outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Asked by TV personality Ryan Seacrest about last year’s win, she responded, “It’s still surreal in a lot of ways for the piece that it was that I won for -- that James Baldwin has so much to do with American culture, American literature. I still can’t believe that this is the anniversary of that moment.”
Best supporting actress nominee and Hollywood royalty Laura Dern also chose pink for this year’s awards ceremony. She graced the red carpet in a pale pink Armani gown featuring a top encrusted with draped black crystals.
Julia Butters, the 10-year-old actress who starred in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, chose a pink Christian Siriano dress with puffy sleeves and reportedly stashed a turkey sandwich in her designer purse.
“Julia Butters brought a turkey sandwich in her purse because ‘I don’t like some of the food here,’“ Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman wrote in a Twitter post that showed a photo of a smirking Butters and her sandwich.
Idina Menzel wore a strapless magenta J Mendel gown with a voluminous sash. She, along with several other actresses who voice Queen Elsa in foreign-language versions of Frozen II performed the nominated song from the film. She wore an off-shouldered white gown for her performance.
Sandra Oh also looked absolutely stunning Elie Saab subtle pink embellished gown. The extravagant gown had ruffles, embellishments and a gorgeous train.
Natalie Portman’s ode to snubbed female directors
Natalie Portman decided to take a stand for the female directors who were not nominated for an Oscar at the ceremony this year. The black cape of her black and gold embroidered Oscars outfit by Dior featured names of directors such Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig, Lorene Scafaria, Marielle Heller and Mari Diop, and others. Although embroidered subtly along the left front hem of her cape, the names were still pretty visible. Natalie explained according to Los Angeles Times, “I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in a subtle way.”
She took a stand regarding the same during the Golden Globes in 2018 when she was presenting the best director award , she said, “And now, here are the all male nominees”.
Dual-toned sequinned gowns
Several celebrities walked down the Oscars red carpet in dual toned sequinned gowns.
Brie Larson stunning shimmery sequinned Celine gown
Brie’s shimmery sequinned Celine gown with cape sleeves had two thigh high slits on the front.
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan wore an ensemble by Gucci and sported fly-shaped embellishments in her hair which was tied up in a bun and had bangs. Her outfit included a purple skirt with a black and white peplum top.
Janelle Monae’s 170,000 crystals
Singer Janelle Monae, as usual, did not keep it safe like most of the celebrities at the red carpet. She looked absolutely stunning in a full-sleeved silver Ralph Lauren dress which is reported to be embellished with about 170,000 Swarovski crystals.
Billie Eillish in all Chanel
Five-time Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, who was set to perform at the Academy Awards, wore all Chanel for her red carpet look. The teen popstar sported a white wool Chanel coat, baggy pants and sneakers topped off with long black-painted nails and her trademark green hair. She also wore fingerless white lace gloves with Chanel typography and a Chanel scrunchie with an embellished Chanel logo securing her low bun.
Black is back
Penelope Cruz turned heads in her Chanel halter gown with the house’s signature white camellia on the bodice.
Bombshell star, and real-life bombshell, Charlize Theron decided to go all black from head to toe for the Oscars red carpet. Her asymmetrically off-shouldered black gown with a thigh high slit was designed by the Oscar winner’s go-to designer label the French fashion house Christian Dior. She even wore black shoes and sported a black pedicure.
Charlize’s Bombshell co-star, Margot Robbie , also wore black. She paired her off-shoulder, cape sleeved vintage Chanel couture gown with bright red lipstick.
Scarlett’s slinky number
Scarlett Johansson, who nominated in two categories at the Oscars showed up in a champagne-coloured Oscar de la Renta strapless gown embellished.
More than just fashion
But it was not just about fashion.
Director Spike Lee paid homage to late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant on the Oscars red carpet with a purple and gold jacket with the number 24 embroidered on the lapels - the number of Bryant’s jersey.
“Tribute, honour, homage - we all miss him,” an emotional Lee said during a brief interview on the red carpet.
(With inputs from Reuters)