The Best Dressed on the Red Carpet at the 2020 Oscars

The 2020 awards season has had its sartorial ups and downs, from a few lackluster red carpets to some major statements at the Grammys a few weeks ago. But at the 2020 Academy Awards, stars stuck to the Old Hollywood codes of glamour.

Best Actress nominees Renée Zellweger and Cynthia Erivo wore sweeping white gowns; Zellweger in a custom Giorgio Armani one-shouldered sequin gown with a fitted silhouette, Erivo in a custom Atelier Versace one-shouldered gown with fitted bodice and ballgown skirt. Both dresses were winners.

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Cynthia Erivo in Atelier Versace, Stuart Weitzman platform sandals and jewelry by Piaget and Maria Tash.
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Renée Zellweger in custom Giorgio Armani.
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The best dressed man of the night was undoubtedly Brad Pitt, whose classic tuxedos from Brioni (he’s a brand ambassador) have given the actor fashion cred all during this awards season. His velvet, shawl-collar tuxedo by the brand fit him in every way. He even paired his tux with a heel on his lace-up, a trend in men’s fashion that’s quickly gaining traction.

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Brad Pitt in Brioni.
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Many of the gowns were formfitting in the bodice, like Zazie Beetz’s custom Thom Browne strapless gown, which had a sequin corset and mid-calf hemline, or Margot Robbie’s off the shoulder vintage Chanel chiffon gown with a sweetheart neckline punctuated by a pearl tassel brooch. Greta Gerwig wore the same neckline with a full-length gown in olive green, one of fall ’20’s newest color trends, and a diamond and sapphire necklace. 
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Margot Robbie.
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Zazie Beetz in custom Thom Browne with a Bulgari necklace and earrings.
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Another unexpected color trend was black and baby pink, a combination seen on Laura Dern and Caitriona Balfe. Regina King also opted for a light pink on her one-shouldered gown.

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Laura Dern.
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Caitriona Balfe.
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There were also plenty of diamonds on the red carpet, with Old Hollywood style necklaces staging a comeback on stars like Beetz, Gerwig and Charlize Theron, who wore a sweeping Christian Dior gown.

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Greta Gerwig.
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As promised, Billy Porter arrived on the red carpet in a regal look — specifically a gold feathered breastplate and ballgown skirt by Giles Deacon, Swarovski jewelry and custom Jimmy Choo platform heels with multiple straps on the front.

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Billy Porter in custom Jimmy Choo heels.
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But it was Janelle Monae who stole the over-the-top category, clad in a head-to-toe silver crystal-studded, hooded ballgown by Ralph Lauren with a Forevermark diamond necklace peeking out.

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Janelle Monae.
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