Sunday night’s Oscars were a bit of a whirlwind – all three and a half hours of them. Chris Rock addressed the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in Hollywood within the first seconds of his opening monologue. “Mad Max: Fury Road” swept a majority of the little golden statues. Lady Gaga gave an emotional, goosebump-inducing performance about increased awareness for sexual assault that had all the guests on their feet. And viewers didn’t know whether to laugh or cringe at most of the jokes. But despite all the debates surrounding the ceremony, one thing is indisputable: the red carpet was filled with beautiful, jaw-dropping looks.
1. Saoirse Ronan
Although Saoirse Ronan didn’t take home the Best Actress award for her performance in “Brooklyn,” her Oscars ensemble was an absolute winner. Ronan’s custom Calvin Klein Collection dress featured swirling emerald sequins throughout. She paired the slinky, backless gown with coordinating Chopard diamond-and-emerald earrings.
2. Alicia Vikander
Belle, is that you? Although Alicia Vikander’s look seemed Disney princess inspired, the Swedish starlet was shining all her own. Vikander took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “The Danish Girl,” made her costar Eddie Redmayne cry during her acceptance speech and held everyone spellbound in her dusty yellow taffeta dress, custom silver heels and chandelier earrings, all by Louis Vuitton.
3. Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams wowed as an investigative journalist in Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” but even more so on the red carpet. Her emerald August Getty Atelier gown, which fit like a dream, featured a major silky train and open back. McAdams enhanced her look further with Stuart Weitzman heels, Piaget diamond drop earrings and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.
4. Charlize Theron
The glowing goddess and face of J’adore Dior, otherwise known as Charlize Theron, looked red hot in a plunging custom Dior Haute Couture dress in poppy – proving that sometimes simple is best. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” actress presented the first award of the night with Emily Blunt, but her Harry Winston jewelry, including a nearly 50-carat diamond necklace, stole the show.
5. Naomi Watts
The glitz, the glam and the oh-so-showstopping jewelry of Naomi Watts’ Academy Awards look was spot-on. Watts wore a purple and blue Armani Privé gown with a sequin chevron pattern that was reminiscent of Rainbow Fish, but in the best way possible. Her impeccable style was completed with a statement Bulgari diamond necklace and coordinating clutch.
6. Cate Blanchett
“Carol” star and Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett made a major entrance after choosing an attention-grabbing dress for Hollywood’s biggest night out. Blanchett donned one of the season’s top colors – a minty sea foam green – in a custom Armani Privé gown with hand-sewn details, like the allover floral appliques, topped with Tiffany & Co. Blue Book jewelry.