Friday 22 September 2017

For the first time in years, the Oscars red carpet was worth getting excited for

Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence's platinum hair didn't need to be elaborately styled as the ice-blonde hue did all the talking. A simple middle part and just the right amount of volume made the look red-carpet worthy. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Sofia Vergara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (L) and Isla Fisher attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Isla Fisher attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Rooney Mara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Sophie Turner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Sofia Vergara's low pony and elegant middle part was a departure from the Modern Family star's usual loose and flowing red-carpet locks. It worked though and she looked effortlessly regal. Her flushed cheeks and bright pink lipstick worked so well with her navy Marchesa gown. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Daisy Ridley attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Tina Fey attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and Eniko Parrish attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Musician Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TV personality Kelly Ripa attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Performer Manta Ray arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Olivia Munn attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Singer Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Naomi Watts attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Singer The Weeknd arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Charlotte Rampling, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "45 Years," arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Jennifer Jason Leigh arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sissy Spacek, left, and Schuyler Fisk arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Presenter Jacob Tremblay arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Actor Eddie Redmayne (R) and Hannah Redmayne attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Patricia Arquette attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Daisy Ridley attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Jacob Tremblay attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Entrepreneur Joy Mangano attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Recording artist Sam Smith attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Mindy Kaling arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Musician Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn Blum arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Singer The Weeknd arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Kerry Washington arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Gary Busey arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Costume designer Sandy Powell arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Singer John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and Eniko Parrish attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Musician Pharrell Williams (L) and Helen Lasichanh attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Julianne Moore attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Jason Segel attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester Stallone (L) and Jennifer Flavin attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Matt Damon (L) and Luciana Barroso attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester Stallone (L) and Jennifer Flavin attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Singer Sam Smith arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016
Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actors Olivia Wilde (L) and Jason Sudeikis attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Olivia Wilde attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TV personality Kelly Ripa attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Whoopi Goldberg attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actor Andy Serkis (R) and Lorraine Ashbourne attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Musician Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn Blum arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

When was the last time you remember seeing more than one iconic Oscar dress on a red carpet?

In 2015, Lupita Nyong'o's powder blue Prada gown undoubtedly stole the show, but other than, there wasn't much to get excited about. In 2014, Cate Blanchett's nude Armani dress was the clear winner, 2013 saw Jennifer Lawrence and her Dior make Oscar history (not solely because the train led to her tripping up the stairs as she received the Best Actress award).

After too many years of blah red carpet fashion, Sunday night's ceremony redeemed the boring gowns of recent years and actually gave us some competition for best dressed lists.

The Oscars are of course the most important night of the year in film, where a group of immensely talented people who contribute to the success of film are honoured for their contributions - but for style stalkers like me, it's the perfect excuse to stay up late, glued to the red carpet action.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

And this year, it was worth the bags under my eyes.

As the images came pouring in, it became more and more difficult to pick my best dressed. Am I biased for thinking Saoirse Ronan was the undisputed star of the night? Maybe, but it doesn't make it any less true.

Her sequin Calvin Klein gown elevated her to new fashion heights and showed the world she's not only all grown up, but a clear fashion force to be reckoned with. She was one of the early arrivals, which means she was met with stiff competition as the red carpet coverage continued. There's no one more able to handle a bit of competition than our Saoirse.

It's nights like these that social media really shines, where everyone gets to play Fashion Police with thousands of like-minded strangers. And they were, as expected, ruthless - but more importantly, genuinely interested.

There was a notable shift in the comments appearing in my newsfeed. People were interacting again and we excitedly waited to see the next couture design strut down the red carpet.

There were the usual suspects like Sofia Vergara, who wears a different version of the same bustier, cinched waist dress to every awards ceremony; then there were the superstars who have been playing it safe on the red carpet for too long (I'm not naming names Charlize Theron) and then we finally saw some familiar faces we haven't seen on the Oscars red carpet in years, who made it so worth the wait.

Actress Daisy Ridley attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Daisy Ridley attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Rachel McAdams sizzling in a plunging emerald green Gucci number; Alicia Vikander dazzling in a custom made yellow Louis Vuitton dress; Daisy Ridley made her Academy Awards debut in metallic Chanel and Kerry Washington's 'shouldn't work, but it does' monochrome Versace look was what Oscars fashion is all about - fun.

Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Actress Rachel McAdams arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars

Even Lady Gaga, who has dressed decidedly more normal these days, broke all the red carpet rules in a white jumpsuit and looked simply sensational in the process.

Now, let's hope they raise the bar again next year.

Singer Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars
Singer Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars

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