Oscars 2017: All the Looks From the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet Dresses – See what Emma Stone, Priyanka Chopra, and more wore to Hollywood’s biggest night. From velvet to metallics, lace and a lot of black—tonight’s 89th annual Academy Awards red carpet had variety and high fashion. See who won the evening before the statues were even handed out.
From shimmering metallics and modern bridal whites to beaded fringe and glam velvet gowns, these were recurring sartorial themes seen on the Oscars red carpet.
The last few major awards shows, after all, were not only about handing out trophies but a chance for honorees and presenters to voice their white-hot anger toward President Trump ’s travel ban, his plan for a wall along the border with Mexico, and a divisive America they no longer recognized.
Best Dresses From the Oscars Red Carpet 2017
Sunday, however, the academy appeared to take a step back and counterbalance the political tension of the last few months by refocusing on what Hollywood does best — entertain.
Some of the levity was delivered via intentional stunts, such as candy and snacks dropping out of the ceiling attached to parachutes, while other moments — presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway naming “La La Land” the winner for best picture when it was in fact “Moonlight” — were not.
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“I literally walked in here and the first person I saw was you,” Lucas Hedges, a best supporting actor nominee for “Manchester by the Sea,” said to Ryan Seacrest, the evening’s unofficial interrogator in chief. Before the stage, before inevitable delays, before teary speeches, there is the question of costume: Who are you wearing? (It is one of the evening’s odd ironies that this is the one question Mr. Seacrest habitually forgets to ask.)
So they come and parade, divided, by and large, between the princessy and the sultry: those who maneuver their massive ball skirts (Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab, Kirsten Dunst in Dior, Leslie Mann in Zac Posen) and those who strut in dresses sleek, slinky, often high-slit or sheer (Nicole Kidman in peachy Armani Privé, Naomie Harris in white sequined Calvin Klein, Taraji P. Henson in plunging, blue-velvet Alberta Ferretti, the evening’s early standout).