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The red carpet: Gold and plenty of glamour

Celebrities on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Oscars took the opportunity to talk about more than who designed their dresses and tuxedos. But what became clear is that it is possible to make a fashion statement and a political statement – while also getting personal messages out about their movies and sometimes their families.

There was a real grace to many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Octavia Spencer looked stunning. Terrence Howard looked dapper in a cobalt patterned jacket. Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert was the picture of elegance.

Ruth Negga, Best Actress nominee for her role in “Loving,” wore a ravishing red Valentino gown with long sleeves – a trend of the evening. Negga, like many others, pinned on a blue ACLU ribbon.

The actress has been one to watch during this season of premieres and awards shows – having been photographed in tropical prints, Peter Pan collars, bright colors, billowy sleeves, lace and sequins. “Is there anything Ruth Negga can’t wear?,” Harper’s Bazaar recently asked.


Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress for "Fences" wearing a stunning red gown.“Fences” star and Best Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis is known for wearing brights, and she went for red as well. Her short haircut was perfect with it.

Black gowns always reign on the red carpet. Taraji P. Henson’s was a real standout – off the shoulders with a plunging neckline and slit – and so was her statement necklace.

Off-the-shoulder gowns were another trend spotted early on during arrivals – a look favored not only by Henson but also Davis and “Hidden Figures” star and Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer. You could tell how comfortable she was in the feathery skirt and gray-silverish hue.

There were metallics of course. Especially gold. Emma Stone wore a gold gown with tiered fringed bottom. Great for dancing, as we know she does so well. Nicole Kidman’s Armani Privé gown was beautifully embroidered in gold and silver.

Charlize Theron’s shimmering gown had a deep V neckline and slits. “Gold is the color of the night – obviously,” said Jessica Biel, who wore a gold gown with a theatrical gold neck piece.

While mermaid gowns seem to have pretty much disappeared – good news, no doubt, to those who had to forgo eating and drinking in the past to fit into in (and move). Several celebrities brought some unique silhouettes to the red carpet.

Chrissy Teigen, who always seems to crack up when being photographed on the red carpet, wore a white floaty gown with deep V plunge and cape. And while actress/singer Janelle Monae’s gown at first seemed a bit over the top, our bet is it likely grew on viewers. Nothing wrong with a little fantasy on the red carpet.

Other notable details:

"Moonlight's" Naomie Harris. (Getty Images)

Hair accessories: There wasn’t a parade of jeweled crowns and headbands, but the ones that appeared were quite stunning.

Unique necklines: From Ruth Negga’s higher neckline to actress Hailee Steinfeld’s artfully designed neckline that ruffled down the back, there are many red carpet-worthy gowns without plunging necklines.

White: Sure, gold was a real winner on the red carpet, but there was plenty of white, too. Michelle Williams’ dress featured a white skirt with black top (with one of those plunging necklines, by the way).

Even more stunning was “Moonlight’s” Naomie Harris, Best Supporting Actress nominee, who wore a bandeau-topped, white sequined dress hemmed to the knees and with a train – and not-quite-matching shoes.

That’s one for all those future photo galleries celebrating Oscars style.

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