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Every dress, every tux, all at once. On the Oscar carpet, a display of fashion as diverse as the nominees.

On the champagne walkway, there were many safe choices — and a few standouts. Here’s what caught my eye.

Jamie Lee Curtis arrives for the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images


Jamie Lee Curtis

The “Everything Everywhere All At Once” actress is such a national treasure (yes, I went there) that she could have walked the carpet in an ill-fitting tracksuit and fuzzy slippers, and we’d still be in love. Instead, she sparkled in a romantic Dolce & Gabbana gown studded with white and silver crystals. The nude, floor-length frock hinted at old Hollywood, perhaps a nod to mom Janet Leigh, but with the avant-garde touch of exterior boning in the corset. Curtis was unaware that this year’s Oscars carpet would be champagne instead of red. She poked fun at herself on Twitter, writing, ”Oscars, their carpet is going to match my drapes.”


Harry Shum Jr. arrives at the Oscars on Sunday.John Locher/John Locher/Invision/AP


Harry Shum Jr.

In the past, Oscar gasps and gulps were reserved for women storming the carpet in exaggerated mermaid silhouettes or gowns with racy back cleavage. But “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” actor Harry Shum Jr. (minus Raccacoonie) arrived in a wholly unique, crisply-tailored, asymmetrical Adeam white tux with navy piping. But it was the length of the jacket — somewhere between a mourning coat and a minidress — and the sash (technically an obi), that truly elevated the look. The East-meets-West mash-up was the most groundbreaking look of the night.

Sandra Oh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.Mike Coppola/Getty


Sandra Oh

There were several smart sartorial choices on the champagne carpet (can we just call it a red carpet?) and far too many safe choices. And then there was Sandra Oh. She deserves credit for her bold choice of color. No one else attempted this yellow-orange hue. But the color couldn’t save the look. Oh was swimming in her Giambattista Valli gown. More accurately, she was drowning in it. The batwing sleeves, along with all of that gathered fabric, gave the illusion that Oh was running late, grabbed several pairs of curtains from the set of “The Partridge Family,” belted said curtains, and then tried to distract anyone from noticing she was wearing curtains with a statement necklace.


Angela Bassett arrives at the Oscars. Emma McIntyre/Getty


Angela Bassett

There was so much white, black, and silver — otherwise known as “not really colors” — on a carpet that also had barely any color that Angela Bassett’s vivid purple Moschino gown was the fashion equivalent of an espresso shot. The lovely lavender was a welcome change in the sea of white gowns worn by Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Halle Berry, and about 30 other actresses. All of those lovely and safe dresses simply faded into the pale carpet. The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star not only went risky with color, but she also pulled off a challenging silhouette: a mermaid-style gown with a train that fanned out from a riot of ruching.

Cate Blanchett arrives at the Oscars. Mike Coppola/Getty


Cate Blanchett

Of course Cate Blanchett would be the actress who arrived at the Oscars in the most sophisticated dress of the night. Whereas other actresses opted for frills, lace, and tulle with strapless or plunging necklines, Blanchett wore what could best be described as a power gown. Her silk, custom Louis Vuitton, sans embellishments, was the definition of sartorial power. Her only conceit to the (unspoken) requirement of revealing skin at the ceremony were the slits in the topaz sleeves of her gown. Even the color combination of deep blue and black (with shoulder pads!) said, “If I don’t win this award, I’m taking you all down with me!”


Nicole Kidman attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images


Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman consistently arrives on the red carpet in a dress that screams “born too late.” Every year she captures old Hollywood glamour in Giorgio Armani, modernizes it, and then struts along, knowing that she nailed it. Other actresses are often unsteady in their fashion. You can see the terror on their faces. But not Kidman. Her heavily embellished black custom gown was almost sinister, the massive black sequined blooms kept her squarely in glamorous territory.

Cara Delevingne attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images


Cara Delevingne

Taking a page from Nicole Kidman’s Oscar fashion handbook, Cara Delevingne, arrived wearing a very traditional old Hollywood silhouette that was provocatively updated for 2023 from designer Elie Saab. The revealing leg slit, the likes of which have not been seen since Angelina Jolie’s 2012 Oscar gown, along with the exaggerated bow on the shoulder, elevated the model/actress/singer/socialite’s look. It may be the first time that the “Only Murders in the Building” star has attended the Oscars, but she came off like an old pro.

Eva Longoria attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.Emma McIntyre/Getty


Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, Kate Hudson, and Ariana DeBose

Rihanna was not shining bright like a diamond (she opted for baby bump black), but there were plenty of other attendees who added ample sparkle and shine to the evening. If I had to choose one disco ball dress winner, it would have to be Eva Longoria, with Kate Hudson a close second. Longoria’s dress from Zuhair Murad was as confusing as Ethel Merman’s 1979 disco album, but in the best way possible. Jessica Chastain was lovely as the human embodiment of Jessica Rabbit, and Ariana DeBose’s disco dress placed a very distant fourth in the race.


Hong Chau attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images


Hong Chau

Several actresses used the word custom to describe their Oscar gowns, but Hong Chau wore a Prada gown that was the definition of custom. “The Whale” actress had a hand in designing it. She told E! host Laverne Cox that when Prada sent her sketches of the dress, she requested the addition of a short Mandarin collar as a nod to her Vietnamese roots. It was a beautiful dress, but the collar made it even more special. The gown’s unusual black train offered a striking contrast to the soft, powdery pink.


Malala Yousafzai attends the Oscars Sunday.Mike Coppola/Getty

Malala Yousafzai in Ralph Lauren. Grade: A+

Mindy Kaling at the Oscars Sunday.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Mindy Kaling in Vera Wang. Grade: A

Florence Pugh at the Oscars Sunday night.Mike Coppola/Getty

Florence Pugh in Valentino Couture. Grade: Fire your stylist. Immediately.

Danai Gurira at the Oscars.VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Danai Gurira in Jason Wu. Grade: B+.

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson attend the 95th Annual Academy Awards.Mike Coppola/Getty

Dwayne Johnson in Dolce & Gabbana. Grade: C. Emily Blunt in Valentino. Grade: A.

Rihanna arrives at the Oscars.Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Rihanna in Alaïa. Grade: B-.

Fan Bingbing arrives at the Oscars.VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Fan Bingbing in Tony Ward Couture. Grade: A++.

Lenny Kravitz attends the Oscars.Emma McIntyre/Getty

Lenny Kravitz in Saint Laurent (or maybe one of mom Roxie Roker’s old Halston pantsuits). Grade: Confused.

Salma Hayek and Pedro Pascal at the Oscars.ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Pedro Pascal in Zegna. Grade: Yes, daddy. Selma Hayek in Gucci. Grade: Cher+.


Questlove attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.Arturo Holmes/Getty

Questlove in Zegna. Grade: (jacket, shirt, and pants) B . Grade: (shoes) F.

Jay Ellis at the Oscars.Mike Coppola/Getty

Jay Ellis in Fendi. Grade: A+.

Lorenzo Zurzolo at the Oscars.Mike Coppola/Getty

Lorenzo Zurzolo in Gucci. Grade: B+.

Thomas Kail and Michelle Williams arrive at the Oscars on Sunday.Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Michelle Williams in Chanel. Grade: Mia Farrow+.

Lady Gaga at the Oscars.VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

Lady Gaga in Versace. Grade: A.

Sofia Carson arrives at the Oscars.John Locher/John Locher/Invision/AP

Sofia Carson in Giambattista Valli. Grade: A (as a wedding dress), D (as an Oscars dress).

Stephanie Hsu arrives at the Oscars.John Locher/John Locher/Invision/AP

Stephanie Hsu in Valentino. Grade: B (for bubblegum).

Michelle Yeoh, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Everything Everywhere All at Once," in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday.Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Michelle Yeoh in Dior Couture. Grade: The dress is a little snoozy, but she still gets an A because she’s Michelle Yeoh.

Paul Mescal arrives at the Oscars.Mike Coppola/Getty

Paul Mescal in Gucci. Grade: No, no, no.

Christopher Muther can be reached at Follow him @Chris_Muther and Instagram @chris_muther.