Oscars red carpet 2021: Best dressed stars arrive at Academy Awards

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An Oscars red carpet unlike any before got underway on Sunday night, with no crowd, socially-distanced rules and fewer cameras amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Carey Mulligan and Zendaya kicked off the glitz and the glamour at the 93rd annual Academy Awards in striking yet equally mesmerizing Valentino Couture cut-out gowns.

Joining them on Hollywood’s biggest night, which took place at Union Station in Los Angeles, were stars Amanda Seyfried in Armani Prive and Regina King in custom Louis Vuitton.

The red carpet looked similar to how it did last year except there were far fewer people due to social distancing restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The producers treated the Oscars like an active movie set, with an onsite COVID safety team, PCR testing capability and temperature checks on site.

In addition, testing was required for attendees, with a recommendation to stick to a low-risk lifestyle for 10 days before the show, per The LA Times. 

 Only 170 people attended this year rather than the normal 3,000.

This marks the first time Tinseltown’s finest have assembled in over a year, for a three-hour show that co-producer Steven Soderbergh described as being ‘like a movie.’

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the delayed ceremony at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles, California where socially distanced movie stars went mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room.   

Built in 1939, the national historic landmark and its main terminal is 161,000 square feet, creating plenty of room for theatrics on Hollywood’s biggest night. 

During normal times, when COVID restrictions haven’t crimped travel, more than 100,000 people a day walk through its halls.

Comparatively the Dolby Theatre, where the glitzy event is usually held, can only seat around 3,300 people which would have created difficulties in putting on an award show amid the pandemic. 

But in the spacious station, believed to be large enough to accommodate social distancing requirements with its soaring main hall featuring windows that are 40-feet high, stars have more room to mingle and maneuver.

Sticking to a ‘No Zoom’ policy unlike other shows that have taken place this awards season, Academy organizers had a ‘British hub’ in London at the British Film Institute for UK actors who are unable to make it in person, as well as more hubs around the globe.

For the red carpet at Union Station, Carey, 35, dazzled in a strapless gold Valentino Couture gown, with cut-out detailing along her torso and a statement ball skirt. 

The Promising Young Woman actress hit the red carpet with her husband, Mumford and Sons musician Marcus Mumford.  

Absolute stunner: The Promising Young Woman actress, 35, dazzled in a strapless gold ballgown with cut-out detailing along her torso

Carey flashed her midriff in the stunning gown, which featured a large cut-out

The British beauty wore her blonde hair pulled back into an elegant updo

What a look: Carey flashed her midriff in the stunning gown, which featured a large cut-out

Fashion! The British beauty hit the red carpet with her husband, Mumford and Sons musician Marcus Mumford

Fashion! The British beauty hit the red carpet with her husband, Mumford and Sons musician Marcus Mumford

Zendaya was an absolute goddess in a bright yellow Valentino Couture gown.

The Euphoria star, 24,  showcased her flat midriff in the strapless, cut-out frock by the design house; the brunette stunner paired the astounding frock with over $6 million of Bvlgari jewelry.

The former Disney actress donned a necklace with one cushion-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond (six carats), 18 diamonds (18.18 carats), 693 fancy shape step cut diamonds (49.30 carats), 398 round brilliant-cut diamonds and pavé-set diamonds (61.50 carats), set in platinum.

She also wore a ring featuring one emerald cut, 9.90 carat diamond with two 1.35 carat each baguette diamonds, set in platinum.

Zendaya rounded out her sparkling look with earrings made of 9.4 yellow pear diamonds and two 3.49 carat each pear diamonds, set in platinum. 

Glittering: The Euphoria star, 24, showcased her flat midriff in the strapless, cut-out frock by the design house; the brunette stunner paired the astounding frock with over $6 million of Bvlgari jewerly

Glittering: The Euphoria star, 24, showcased her flat midriff in the strapless, cut-out frock by the design house; the brunette stunner paired the astounding frock with over $6 million of Bvlgari jewerly

Amanda looked like a classic movie star in custom Armani Prive gown; the crimson frock had a v-neckline and a voluminous skirt. 

The actress wore Forevermark jewelry, including 10.45 carat Premier Gem yellow radiant drop drop halo earrings with a matching 5.03 carat ring. 

Regina, 50, wowed in custom Louis Vuitton featuring vertical crystal stripes with voluminous sleeves and a v-neckline.

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The dress took 140 hours to make, with over 62,000 sequins and 4,000 crystals; the production of the dress began in January.

Regina styled her brunette hair center parted and sleek with diamond earrings, rings and a bracelet -all by Forevermark jewelry – for pops of sparkle; The diamond drop earrings are 36.10 carats with 4.03 carats stud earrings. 

Amanda's custom Armani Prive gown had a v-neckline and a voluminous skirt

She added red lipstick with her blonde hair pulled back and deeply parted

Amazing: Amanda’s custom Armani Prive gown had a v-neckline and a voluminous skirt

Iconic: The star, 35, flashed her cleavage in the low-cut frock, which featured layers of tulle

Iconic: The star, 35, flashed her cleavage in the low-cut frock, which featured layers of tulle

Statement: Regina King stunned in a blue Louis Vuitton gown with vertical crystal stripes

Statement: Regina King stunned in a blue Louis Vuitton gown with vertical crystal stripes

he dress took 140 hours to make, with over 62,000 sequins and 4,000 crystals

The gown's construction began in January

All in the details: The dress took 140 hours to make, with over 62,000 sequins and 4,000 crystals

Margot Robbie donned a Chanel gray and silver gown featuring delicate floral detailing; It had a delicate black trim and spaghetti straps.

The Chanel ambassador rocked a heavy fringe with her dark blonde tresses pulled back into a low ponytail.

Laura Dern donned a long sleeved Oscar de la Renta gown that had a black torso with a white feathered skirt. 

Maria Bakalova donned a stunning Louis Vuitton gown; the white frock had a plunging neckline and a tulle skirt. The dress features 100 meters of tulle.

Viola Davis donned a cut-out white Alexander McQueen gown, adding diamond jewelry by Forevermark and a crystal accented clutch.   

Margot Robbie donned a Chanel gray and silver gown featuring delicate floral detailing

She rocked a heavy fringe with the rest of her hair in a low, loose ponytail

Spring chic: Margot Robbie donned a Chanel gray and silver gown featuring delicate floral detailing

Silhouette: Margot's gown had a delicate black trim with spaghetti straps

Silhouette: Margot’s gown had a delicate black trim with spaghetti straps

What a dress! Laura Dern donned a long sleeved Oscar de la Renta gown that had a black torso with a white feathered skirt

What a dress! Laura Dern donned a long sleeved Oscar de la Renta gown that had a black torso with a white feathered skirt

Glamorous: Maria Bakalova donned a stunning Louis Vuitton gown; the white frock had a plunging neckline and a tulle skirt. The dress features 100 meters of tulle

Glamorous: Maria Bakalova donned a stunning Louis Vuitton gown; the white frock had a plunging neckline and a tulle skirt. The dress features 100 meters of tulle

Vanessa Kirby wore a Gucci pale pink gown, complete with a cut-out detail along her midsection and a v-neckline; She added Cartier jewels.

Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Colman and Angela Bassett all wore different shades of crimson.

Reese slipped on a Grecian styled Christian Dior gown, complete with a delicate black belt; The frock consisted of an ombre hued fabric that delicately draped against her frame.

Olivia Colman appeared at the London screening for the Oscars in a Christian Dior dress. 

Angela chose a bright red custom Alberta Ferretti number with statement sleeves and a caped detailing along the back.

The 62-year-old star added Christian Louboutin heels and a Judith Leiber clutch. 

The Black Panther actress wore Chopard jewelry, including a 14.04 carats bracelet. She also wore a ring featuring an oval shaped pink tourmaline (14.62 carats), 2 half-moon diamonds (totaling 1.36 carats) and diamonds (1.02 carats), set in platinum. 

Halle Berry sported a short haircut and a purple strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown with a large bow detail in the center and a sheer skirt; The actress added Christian Louboutin heels and Ridano jewels.

She arrived on the red carpet with boyfriend Van Jones, who donned an Etro suit with a David Yurman broach and Christian Louboutin dress shoes. 

Vanessa Kirby wore a Gucci pale pink gown

complete with a cut-out detail along her midsection and a v-neckline

Delicate: Vanessa Kirby wore a Gucci pale pink gown, complete with a cut-out detail along her midsection and a v-neckline

Lovely: The actress wore Chopard jewelry, including a 14.04 carats bracelet. She also wore a ring featuring an oval shaped pink tourmaline (14.62 carats), 2 half-moon diamonds (totaling 1.36 carats) and diamonds (1.02 carats), set in platinum

Lovely: The actress wore Chopard jewelry, including a 14.04 carats bracelet. She also wore a ring featuring an oval shaped pink tourmaline (14.62 carats), 2 half-moon diamonds (totaling 1.36 carats) and diamonds (1.02 carats), set in platinum

Unique: Celeste Waite chose a red and black patterned custom Gucci silk crepe gown with a fringed accent; Her heels and ring were also Gucci

Unique: Celeste Waite chose a red and black patterned custom Gucci silk crepe gown with a fringed accent; Her heels and ring were also Gucci

Closer look: The star carried a purse in the shape of a heart from Gucci's Fall 2021 Aria collection runway

Closer look: The star carried a purse in the shape of a heart from Gucci’s Fall 2021 Aria collection runway

New haircut: Halle Berry sported a short haircut and a purple strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown with a large bow detail in the center and a sheer skirt

New haircut: Halle Berry sported a short haircut and a purple strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown with a large bow detail in the center and a sheer skirt

Closer look: Halle's hair featured very short bangs with an angled overall cut

Closer look: Halle’s hair featured very short bangs with an angled overall cut

She arrived with boyfriend Van Hunt

He looked handsome in a velvet suit by Etro

 Lovebirds: Halle arrived with her boyfriend, musician Van Hunt

Glenn Close chose a sparkling midnight blue and black patterned tunic with black trousers and pointed classic heels, adding silky gloves. 

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She is wearing Armani Prive; the custom look took three weeks to make.  

Riz Ahmed and his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza hit the red carpet for their red carpet debut after tying the knot at the end of 2020.

Riz and Fatima met at a New York café while he was prepping for his Sound of Metal role. 

Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell looked incredible in a soft green, purple and gold Gucci gown with ruffle details all over.

Andra Day flashed her derriere in a Vera Want Haute with Tiffany and Co. jewels. Vera worked with a welder on this dress because it is completely made of metal, according to reports.

Leslie Odom Jr arrived with his wife Nicolette Robinson. Nicolette is wearing a black taffeta ball gown with a leg slit and bow details by Zuhair Murad. 

The couple welcomed their second child – a baby boy named Able Phineas or ‘Abe’ for short on March 25, 2021. They are parents to three-year-old Lucy.

Riz Ahmed and his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza hit the red carpet for their red carpet debut after tying the knot at the end of 2020

Riz wore a Prada suit while Fatima chose a Valentino gown

Newlyweds: Riz Ahmed and his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza hit the red carpet for their red carpet debut after tying the knot at the end of 2020

So cute: Riz and Fatima met at a New York cafe while he was prepping for his Sound of Metal role

So cute: Riz and Fatima met at a New York cafe while he was prepping for his Sound of Metal role

Glamour: Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell looked incredible in a soft green, purple and gold gown with ruffle details all over

Dazzling: The British director, 35, wore her blonde hair loose around her with teardrop shaped earrings

Glamour: Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell looked incredible in a soft green, purple and gold gown with ruffle details all over. She is wearing Gucci

Gorgeous: The director, 35, sported lavender eye shadow for a spring touch

Gorgeous: The director, 35, sported lavender eye shadow for a spring touch

Andra Day flashed her derierre in a Vera Want Haute with Tiffany and Co. jewels

Vera worked with a welder on this dress because it is completely made of metal, according to reports

What a cheek! Andra Day flashed her derierre in a Vera Want Haute with Tiffany and Co. jewels. She worked with a welder on this dress because it is completely made of metal, according to reports 

Lovebirds: Aaron Sorkin pictured on the red carpet with Paulina Porizkova, who donned a silky gold dress. The Oscars marked the new couple's red carpet debut

Lovebirds: Aaron Sorkin pictured on the red carpet with Paulina Porizkova, who donned a silky gold dress. The Oscars marked the new couple’s red carpet debut

Good looking duo: Leslie Odom Jr arrived with his wife Nicolette Robinson. Nicolette is wearing a black taffeta ball gown with a leg slit and bow details by Zuhair Murad. The couple welcomed their second child - a baby boy named Able Phineas or 'Abe' for short on March 25, 2021. They are parents to three-year-old Lucy

Good looking duo: Leslie Odom Jr arrived with his wife Nicolette Robinson. Nicolette is wearing a black taffeta ball gown with a leg slit and bow details by Zuhair Murad. The couple welcomed their second child – a baby boy named Able Phineas or ‘Abe’ for short on March 25, 2021. They are parents to three-year-old Lucy

Glitz: Minari director Lee Isaac Chung arrived with his wife Valerie Chung, who looked lovely in a patterned gold gown

Glitz: Minari director Lee Isaac Chung arrived with his wife Valerie Chung, who looked lovely in a patterned gold gown

Minari star Steven Yeun chose a black tuxedo for the Oscars, with his wife Joana Pak wearing a coordinating gown featuring statement buttons

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher on the red carpet in Sydney, Australia at a screening of the Oscars

Best fashion foot forward! Steven Yeun with wife Joana Pak (in LA at Union Station) and Sacha Baron Cohen with wife Isla Fisher (in Sydney)

Old school Hollywood: Isla exuded classic Hollywood glamour in her black dress with diamond jewels and red lipstick

Old school Hollywood: Isla exuded classic Hollywood glamour in her black dress with diamond jewels and red lipstick

Elegant: Actress Marlee Matlin chose a glittering gown with a cape detail

Elegant: Actress Marlee Matlin chose a glittering gown with a cape detail

Tiara Thomas pictured

Diane Warren pictured

Sleek: Tiara Thomas and Diane Warren both chose white suits for the awards show, with Tiara opting for a racy version while Diane opted for a sparkling element 

The musical interludes were pulled (though not the in memoriam segment) from the three-hour broadcast. 

Producers, led by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, promised a reinvented telecast.

The Oscars this year were molded to look more like a movie, Soderbergh said. 

The show was shot in 24 frames-per-second (as opposed to 30), appear more widescreen and the presenters – including Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Rita Moreno and Zendaya – were considered “cast members.”

Low key: The Oscars red carpet was quiet this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The red carpet seen just before the show kicked off

Low key: The Oscars red carpet was quiet this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The red carpet seen just before the show kicked off

Another angle: The normally buzzing awards show - and the last one before the end of awards season - appeared deserted just before the show began

Another angle: The normally buzzing awards show – and the last one before the end of awards season – appeared deserted just before the show began

What a difference a year makes: The socially distance red carpet seen on Sunday afternoon

What a difference a year makes: The socially distance red carpet seen on Sunday afternoon

Handsome: British actor Daniel Kaluuya chose a Bottega Veneta suit with Cartier jewelry

Handsome: British actor Daniel Kaluuya chose a Bottega Veneta suit with Cartier jewelry

Suited and booted: Lil Rel Howery arrives at the Oscars  in a velvet black blazer with matching shirt and bow tie

Suited and booted: Lil Rel Howery arrives at the Oscars  in a velvet black blazer with matching shirt and bow tie

Ready to roll: Paul Raci, left, in a black suit and Liz Hanley Raci in a teal gown

Ready to roll: Paul Raci, left, in a black suit and Liz Hanley Raci in a teal gown

93RD ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland – WINNER

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland – WINNER

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari – WINNER

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul – WINNER

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You – WINNER

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  – WINNER

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

H.E.R. – Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal 

 Anthony Hopkins – The Father – WINNER

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Shaka King and Will Berson – Judas and the Black Messiah

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder – Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher – WINNER

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette – WINNER

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal – WINNER

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet – WINNER

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 

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