Red carpet fashion turns heads at Oscars 2020

Stars pulled out toned-down, reused or stand-out looks for this year’s Academy Awards.

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The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with ups and downs — more homogeneous nominations, some pretty all over the place intros and the first movie not in English to win best picture. There was another treasure hidden on the red carpet, though, and that was this year’s fashion.

Needless to say, the looks at the Oscars are a lot more classy than flashy. Many celebrities went sustainable this year, recreated old looks or surprised us with some more toned down ‘fits.

Here are some of MOVE’s favorite red carpet looks from the 2020 Academy Awards.

1. Janelle Monáe in Ralph Lauren

Monáe showed up in head-to-toe sparkles this year, wearing a dress that took more than 600 hours to make. Their dress was covered in 168,000 Swarovski crystals, but don’t worry, they changed before opening the show with a movie-themed performance.

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2. Kaitlyn Dever in Louis Vuitton

Dever wore a custom Louis Vuitton dress. Custom has been done before, but this one was special: it is completely sustainable. The dress is made from eco-responsible silk satin and Swarovski crystals and beads.

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Others to go sustainable this year, whether reused or responsible, were Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Banks, Arianna Huffington, Jane Fonda, Léa Seydoux and Joaquin Phoenix.

3. Billy Porter in Giles Deacon

Porter is not known to hold back when it comes to red carpets, and I think all would agree he stood out this year. His dress included a piece made up of 24-karat gold feathers and a dragon-like, fiery skirt.

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4. Brie Larson in CELINE by Hedi Slimane

The “Captain Marvel” actress walked and presented in a very uniform look. She wore an open-back cape that perfectly matched her pink champagne dress, embroidered with silver. Fans loved Larson’s choice of a low-cut neckline and a high slit on the leg.

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5. Spike Lee in Gucci

Lee honored the late Kobe Bryant with his Oscars outfit this year. He worked with Bryant on the 2009 documentary “Kobe Doin’ Work”. Lee wore an all purple and yellow suit, representing the Los Angeles Lakers, with Bryant’s number on it. He completed the look with purple accessories all over and a pair of Nike Kobe 9 Elites.

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6. Natalie Portman in Dior

Portman wore a black gown embroidered in beautiful gold. She was draped in a black cape that was embroidered with the names of female directors who were not nominated for any awards. Some of the names were Greta Gerwig, Lorene Scafaria and Lulu Wang. She has been known to call out the Academy before for a lack of female attention. Actress Rose McGowan called the dress “deeply offensive,” saying it simply pointed out the problem instead of doing anything about it. The look also received many compliments from other critics.

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7. Kelly Marie Tran in Schiaparelli

The “Star Wars” actress walked in an impressive ball gown and Graziela jewels. This year, she was presenting an award as well as a hopeful for three awards: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was up for best visual effects, best original score and best sound editing.

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8. Renée Zellweger in Armani

The star of “Judy” was nominated for best actress and certainly dressed to impress in her sequined floor-length dress. She won the award for her role as Judy Garland and accepted in this same dress, shining bright to all Oscars viewers.

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9. Zazie Beetz in Thom Browne

Beetz walked the runway in an all-black sequined two-piece with matching pumps. She starred in the best picture nominee “Joker”, a film that really shook up the awards scene this year. Beetz’s dress was definitely one of the edgier looks this year.

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10. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang

Louis-Dreyfus paraded the red carpet in a timeless classic Vera Wang gown. All blue, the dress was perfectly fitting and simple. She topped it off with a diamond statement necklace. Louis-Dreyfus recently opened up about battling chemotherapy while filming her show, “Veep,” but now, she is officially a breast cancer survivor.

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11. Mindy Kaling in Dolce & Gabbana

Kaling went simple with her gown choice and still looked utterly stunning. The real showstopper, though, was her jewelry. Kaling wore a necklace comprised of 78.46-carats of marquise-cut diamonds and 46.33-carats of round-shaped diamonds. Supposedly, there was a special security guard at the show just to make sure nothing happened to the necklace.

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12. Molly Sims in Zuhair Murad Couture

Sims, a model-actress, is used to walking a runway, and she definitely turned heads on this one. The gown is metallic and sequined and paired with Christian Louboutin pumps for the ultimate look. It was perfectly monochrome yet still playful.

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Edited by George Frey | gfrey@themaneater.com

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