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Best of the 2017 Oscars red carpet
By Susannah Tucker, 27 February 2017
The apex of the lengthy awards season is here: it's the 2017 Academy Awards! This year is tapped to be the year Damien Chazelle's ode to classic Hollywood musicals, La La Land, sweeps the pool and positive political messages feature heavily in acceptance speeches, but for now let's stick to the important part: the red carpet.
White hot Karlie Kloss
We're not 100% sure how Karlie Kloss scored an invitation to the Academy Awards, but when you look this good on the red carpet who cares about such details? That one-shouldered white cape, the perfect coral pout and that jewelled choker make for a pretty K-a-Loss-al (sorry) statement.
The Midas touch
A gold-dipped Jessica Biel makes a strong case for more-is-more in neck-to-floor sartorial carats. The gold and silver fanned collar choker is ten kinds of amazing, and the peach-toned lips and eye shadow add some warmth and freshness to the styling.
Ruth Negga, lady in red
Behold, angelic Best Actress nominee Ruth Negga looking equal parts dramatic and utterly composed in red lace Valentino Couture. This is the kind of dress that can totally overwhelm its wearer, but clearly this is not one of those occasions. Red. Hot.
Golden child Emma Stone
Emma Stone channels vintage Hollywood glamour in a golden fringed column, hair done in cascading ultra-smooth waves, and a dark red lip. This is the kind of outfit you pull together when you know there's a high chance you'll be accepting an Oscar later.
Michelle in monochrome
May we all find the kind of serenity Michelle Williams appears to be blessed with when she graces the red carpet with her presence. She makes this very simple black and white halter look effortlessly elegant. And can we please all bow before that perfect platinum pixie cut?
... And speaking of pixie cuts, could Janelle Monae possibly look more adorable than with her new crop, adorned with a golden crown? Who wears crowns? Queens, that's who. There's more going on with this dress than a Christmas buffet - and she somehow manages to pull it off spectacularly.
All hail, Hailee
We're so happy to see someone go all-out romantic on this year's red carpet. Hailee Steinfeld's soft, sheer, petal-adorned lilac gown is pretty, pastel perfection. Her smoky eye and simple swept-up 'do make the perfect complement to the ruffled high-neckline. Ha-il yes.
Alicia Vikander = Swede as
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (who took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2016) is the kind of person who would look spellbinding dressed in a filthy hessian sack, so it's always great to see her on the red carpet. This year she dialled down the drama in a black, ruffled Georgian-era-inspired dress and a zillion dollars worth of diamonds.
Vermillion Viola Davis
Fun fact: you can't spell 'Davis' without D-I-V-A. This is what Oscar-worthy looks like.
Charlie Theron: the gold standard
Let's all take a moment to pay our respects to golden goddess Charlize Theron and order whatever it is that she's having. (Pewter pleated Dior and an ice-blonde coif for one, thanks bar-keep.)
Make room for Brie Larson
Brie Larson's strapless black velvet gown with exaggerated ruffled hem is a whole lotta va-va-voom and a dash of Ursula the Sea Witch (Disney's most fabulous movie villain). The pop of bright orange lipstick and black sandals add finishing touches to one of the best looks of the night.