The Best Looks On the 95th Annual Oscars Red Carpet

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This year marks the 95th Annual Academy Awards, which are often regarded as the highest achievement in acting and film. The awards ceremony has been captivating viewers since 1929, and are nicknamed the Oscars because of former academy librarian Margaret Herrick, who declared that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar.

This year boasts several first time nominees, some of whom only recently made a comeback to acting. Among them are Brendan Fraser, Jamie Lee Curtis, Barry Keoghan, Austin Butler and others. 

The red carpet before the main event often serves as a great opportunity for designers and luxury fashion houses to have their designs seen on a major world stage.  Designer Christian Siriano even created looks the day before the Oscars after a pipe burst in his studio and destroyed several items. The red carpet is a runway that serves is a reflection of some fan favorite actors’ personal style and the trends to expect in the high fashion world. Before the show begins, here are some of the standout looks of the night.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis at the 95th Annual Academy Awards held at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Jamie Lee Curtis is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. This is her first nomination, and she wore a Dolce and Gabbanna gown for her big night.

Harry Shum Jr.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Harry Shum Jr attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Harry Shum Jr. appeared in the highly acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once. The film has been praised for its representation of the Asian community, and Shum Jr.’s outfit appears to pay homage to his personal Chinese heritage and the film. When asked about his outfit by E! Host Laverne Cox, he called it “an east meets west moment.”

Angela Bassett

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Angela Bassett attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

As usual, Angela Bassett did the thing. She walked the carpet in a vibrant purple Moschino gown, and is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Austin Butler 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Austin Butler attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Austin Butler opted for a classic tapered suit tonight. The actor is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrman’s biopic Elvis.

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Mindy Kaling

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Mindy Kaling attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images )

The multi-hyphenate actress, comedian, screenwriter and producer walked the carpet in a white corset inspired Vera Wang gown. Kaling is set to present at tonight’s ceremony.

Lenny Kravitz

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Lenny Kravitz attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images )

Kravitz appeared on the red carpet in an all-black ensemble infused with his signature rock-n-roll style. The actor and musician will be performing during the In Memoriam portion of the ceremony this evening.

Cara Delevingne

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Cara Delevingne attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

The actress and model wore a bold red ensemble to the show, just days after opening up about her personal journey with sobriety. The actress notably appeared in the Hulu hit show Only Murders in the Building alongside Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin in 2022.

Brendan Fraser

THE OSCARS® – The 95th Oscars® will air live from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. (ABC)
BRENDAN FRASER

Fraser is nominated for Best Actor tonight for his role in A24’s The Whale. This is Fraser’s first nomination, and his first big-screen role in many years, since he chose to retire from the spotlight following his alleged sexual assault at the hands of former President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk. Tonight, the actor arrived to the red carpet alongside his girlfriend Jeanne Moore (who works as a makeup artist for film and television) and sons Leland and Holden.

Florence Pugh

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Florence Pugh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

The English actress has become known for her creative red carpet fashion. Pugh will be presenting an award alongside actor Andrew Garfield tonight.

Sandra Oh

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Sandra Oh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Sandra Oh graced the carpet in a flowy orange dress. Pixar’s Turning Red is nominated for Best Animated Feature, in which Oh voices an overprotective mother.

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Ke Huy Quan

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Ke Huy Quan attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images )

Ke Huy Quan already took home a win for his role in Everything Everywhere All At Once at the 2023 SAG Awards. Quan was the first Asian actor to win the award for Best Supporting Actor, and he could take home the Oscar for the same role tonight.

Ana de Armas

Cuban actress Ana de Armas attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 12, 2023. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ana de Armas channeled the iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe with her look tonight. De Armas played Monroe in the film Blonde, a role for which she is nominated for Best Actress at tonight’s Oscars.

Michelle Yeoh

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Michelle Yeoh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kayla Oaddams/WireImage )

Yeoh is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Evelyn in Everything Everywhere All At Once. The actress has been outspoken regarding ageism in Hollywood, and a win for her could prove monumental for the Best Actress category.

Kerry Condon

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Kerry Condon attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

The Irish actress is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Banshees of Inisherin, a film that tells the story of friendship amid the Irish Civil War.

Ariana DeBosse

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Ariana DeBose attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Debosse was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2022, and returns to the stage this year as an awards presenter.

Lady Gaga

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Lady Gaga attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kayla Oaddams/WireImage )

Actress and musician Lady Gaga is nominated for Best Original Song this year, for “Hold My Hand” from Topgun: Maverick. It is rumored that Gaga may even have a surprise performance.

Rihanna

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Rihanna attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Rihanna is nominated for Best Original Song tonight for “Lift Me Up,” which was featured in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She is set to perform the song tonight.

Laverne Cox

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Laverne Cox attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Host and actress Laverne Cox took to the carpet to ask the questions that audiences wanted answers to.

With audiences’ favorite stars dressed to the nines, host Jimmy Kimmel is kicking off the show with a bang.  The Oscars air tonight at 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. PT.

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