The Best and the Worst of the Oscars 2018 Red Carpet
The Oscars capped off a long and, at times, uncomfortable awards season, where Hollywood found itself staring down charges of ingrained sexism, and Ryan Seacrest.
Last night’s red carpet at the Oscars was perhaps the most honest of all since the Time’s Up and #MeToo initiatives began. The pins were gone, there was no dress code, no flowers, no symbolism. The red carpet was devoid of questions, except for a few specifically engineered acknowledgment spots, each of which rings more hollow as they talked about “change” in the industry. On E!, alleged sexual abuser Ryan Seacrest anxiously stood between his pre-set interviews with longtime friends of the industry and waited for the few musicians in attendance to speak with him, partly because that’s where he has the most pull still, and partly because the music industry has largely avoided the subject.
It was the reality after the dream of change has faded. The terrible people will remain in our midst, and unless there is another wave, the uncomfortableness of their continued employment will fade in time.
In response, most of the stars simply avoided the scrum altogether. Most skipped Seacrest, but then, in order for it not to look too weird, then skipped ABC’s red carpet interviews too. The result was longer talks with those who did stop by, but many looks that never got their full glambot moments.
Which makes posts like these even more important, because despite everything, we still really want to know who wore what and how good they looked in it. Let’s run down the best, the worst and the whitest outfits.
Lupita Nyong’o is still the queen of the red carpet and is now dressing the part too, in Versace.
Jennifer Lawrence has been on and off this season, but this Dior gown is perfect for her.
Tiffany Haddish isn’t wearing a designer label, she’s wearing a tribute to her Eritrean heritage, and to her late father.
Rita Moreno is wearing *the exact same dress* she wore when she accepted the Academy Award for West Side Story in 1962.
Allison Janney chose Reem Acra for her final victory lap.
Sandra Bullock in Louis Vuitton, looking timeless and ageless.
Gal Gadot is one who plays it safe a lot, but this Givenchy is one of her best since Wonder Woman arrived.
Greta Gerwig has been doing great stuff in yellow all season. This custom Rodarte is the crown jewel of the set.
Kelly Marie Tran’s “My First Oscar” dress is by Jenny Packham, who also dresses Kate Middleton.
Danai Gurira in Gabriela Heart is just divine.
Betty Gabriel’s Tony Ward Couture barely missed the top ten.
Dee Rees, in the best women’s suit of the night. (Points off for those shoes though.)
Octavia Spencer, always in Tadashi Shoji.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klien’s version of Marilyn Monroe.
Viola Davis, sporting bubblegum Michael Kors.
Meryl Streep, a Grande Dame in Dior.
Paz Vega’s Christopher Bu gets an honorable mention for managing to do that without being ugly.
Ashley Judd, braving it in Badgley Mischka.
Zoey Deutch, tipping into silver.
Sally Hawkins, in surprise iridescent.
Only Helen Mirren could make a dress this dull look this good. (Wearing her weight in sapphires helps.)
Doug Jones on the red carpet last night gave me life.
Timothee Chalamet is so adorably young, but I hate the black shoes.
Chadwick Boseman, please dress this way on the red carpet forever and ever, amen.
Armand Hammer, in red velvet.
Daniel Kaluuya, in gold velvet.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is merely thrilled to be here.
Winston Duke is still trying to get used to this and it shows.
Tom Holland’s mom made him button all the way up.
Common is anything but, as always.
Adam Rippon needs socks, not a harness.
Like Rita Moreno, Christopher Plummer wore the exact same suit from the last time he was nominated. The only thing is, no one would have noticed if he hadn’t told Seacrest.
Mark Hamill is like… Hey! My career came back?! How did that happen?! Thank you, Disney!
Jordan Peele and his wife comedian Chelsea Peretti.
My only problem with Oscar Isaac is he didn’t walk the red carpet with BB-8.
And America’s sweethearts, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, peak couples goals.
As if this were the mirror opposite of the Golden Globes and their blackout dress code, a ton of stars wore white, or shades therein. Jane Fonda, of course, looked the best of everyone.
Followed a close second by Mary J. Blige.
Margot Robbie cut her hair and everyone missed her dress because of it.
Laura Dern, looking practically perfect.
Janet Mock, with a closest to wedding gown without going over.
Allison Williams, blushing it up.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in polka dots.
Mira Sorvino, in a gown fit for the ingenue she never got to be.
Abby Cornish, in surprisingly interesting.
Elisabeth Moss, tipping into pink.
Gina Rodriguez, ready to blow us all away.
You would think Christian Siriano and Whoopi Goldberg would be a match made in heaven. You would be wrong.
Jennifer Garner looks so uncomfortable in this thing.
Emma Stone did great things in pants, but this “Hugh Hefner chic” isn’t one of them.
Nicole Kidman, tipping over into twee and getting shellacked with it.
Emily Blunt, in Unfortunate Miss Haversham.
Zendaya in a fitted sheet.
Taraji P Henson in curtains.
Haley Bennett in hairy feathers.
Andra Day in a gown that looked way better when she laid down wearing it.
And Maya Rudolph, auditioning for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2.
Tacky As Hell
Diane Warren in terrible shoulders.
Salma Hayek, in something I secretly love.
St Vincent forgot her pants.
And Bianco Blanco, in please pay attention to me.