The Coolest Looks From The Oscars Red Carpet 2022

Hollywood makes a return to form for the 94th Academy Awards — here are our top picks from the night


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JESSICA CHASTAIN

Now this is some full-wattage Gucci glamour — unapologetic volume, sequins, ombre and ruffles that are here to be seen and take up space (the hair choice was a smart one). It’s a fitting ode to the singular aesthetic of larger-than-life televangelist Tammy Fay Baker; Chastain produced and stars in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and the film is up for Best Actress award and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

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LAVERNE COX

Always serving a little red carpet drama, Laverne opts for this decadent August Getty Atelier ensemble with a billowing cape and Dena Kemp jewels.

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SCOTT EVANS

One of the earlier attendees of the night on hand for hosting duties as part of Access Hollywood, Scott adds personality and fun to the occasion in a pale blue suit.

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VANESSA HUDGENS

On hosting duties for the evening, Vanessa offers a streamlined look in this sequin halter column gown from Michael Kors and sparkling emerald jewellery, styled by celebrity stylist Jason Boldon.

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SOPHIA CARSON

The singer and actor selects a classic princess-style tulle gown from Giambattista Valli's autumn/winter 2021 couture collection, balanced well with a sleek up-do.

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EVA VON BAHR

The Swedish makeup artist is up for an Oscar for her work on Dune. The gown worn features a classical renaissance print by Raphael entitled 'Madonna del Prato' (Madonna of the Meadow), and is accessorised with a purse inspired by the marble bust of David by Michelangelo.

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NAOMI SCOTT

Another convincing case for opulence on the night, Naomi's deep purple Fendi look is beautifully embellished with a bolero-style cape that cascades down the back. Simple hair and makeup gives this look plenty of time to shine on the red carpet.

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PAWO CHOYNING DORJI

A great addition to the red carpet’s menswear standard, Pawo Choyning Dorji’s outfit nods to cultural tradition in a contemporary way, pairing a gho with striking boots. His directorial debut Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is the first film from Bhutan to be nominated for an Academy Award (it last submitted a film 23 years ago) and is in the running for Best International Feature Film.

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

The red carpet favourite teams up with super-stylist Karla Welch on this look, a classic red strapless number from Carolina Herrera autumn/winter 2022. A simple diamond collar, pulled back hair and matching pumps is a lesson in timeless elegance with a contemporary feel.

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RENATE REINSVE

The mesmerising star of Joachim Trier's The Worst Person in the World, who had strongly considered leaving acting for carpentry before her acclaimed role, opts for a Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2022 look that feels like a glittering mix of the flapper-esque with the practicality of pants.

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DEMI SINGLETON

The King Richard star proves Miu Miu isn't all just ridiculous viral mini skirts and crop tops — the brand is synonymous with pretty embellished dresses too, like this lovely lilac number worn with strappy gold sandals.

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WANDA SYKES

Oozing elegance and power in this dapper white tux by Ralph Lauren, Wanda demonstrates the supreme ease of a well-cut suit. She’s glowing — and so she should be, co-hosting this year's awards alongside Regina Hall and Amy Schumer.

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WESLEY SNIPES

A striking look from Wesley Snipes, this dashing ensemble makes a case for red-carpet shorts and satin. Great accessories too. He’s there to present.

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ALANA HAIM

One third of indie-pop sister group Haim, who made her acting debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's comedy-drama Licorice Pizza, is dealing in big mermaid vibes with this scale-like silver ensemble from Louis Vuitton.

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RITA MORENO

The legendary actor Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role in 1961’s West Side Story playing Anita, attends the event in a camp and cool Carolina Herrera gown. We love the added surprise of a feathered headpiece.

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LUPITA NYONG'O

Looking like a real-life version of the iconic Oscar trophy, Lupita dazzles in this gold Prada gown which makes an impact on the red carpet.

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KODI SMIT-MCPHEE

Nominated for his compelling turn in The Power of the Dog, Kodi is one of our emerging favourite red carpet figures. This pale blue Bottega Veneta suit showcases the young actor's sense of style and individuality, accessorised for the special occasion with Cartier jewellery.

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NICOLE KIDMAN

Powder blue isn’t just for the boys this year (Kodi Smit-McPhee and Scott Evans) with Nicole Kidman pulling out the icy taffeta — Armani Privée — for that Old-Hollywood look she does so well. She’s nominated for Best Actress for her turn as the iconic Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.

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TIMOTHEE CHALAMET

Timmy, as so many of us affectionately call him, forgoes a classic black suit for something a bit more sequined, sans a shirt. We can only hope the chest-baring Dune actor doesn't catch a cold as the internet collectively takes a moment to remember to breathe.

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KIRSTEN DUNST

No doubt there will be a few naysayers with regards to this look, but a vintage ruffle Christian Lacroix gown feels right on an actress who has continuously pushed the boundaries with some of her irreverent, cult films. She teams this with Fred Leighton diamond earrings. Kirsten is nominated for her performance in Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog.

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CIARAN HINDS

Esteemed Irish actor Ciaran Hinds looking very handsome in this midnight-blue tux — the slicked-back hair was a great call. He’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast.

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MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL

Her psychological drama The Lost Daughter is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. While most opted for softer silhouettes, Maggie's custom Schiaparelli gown commands attention with its gold embellishments.

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ZENDAYA

We always look forward to seeing Zendaya on the red carpet — she and stylist Law Roach consistently aim high, take risks, and never disappoint. Few could pull off this cropped satin shirt and sequined skirt duo with such aplomb, but Zendaya oozes ease and poise. There representing Dune (nominated for a slew of awards, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography) she and Timothee must have shared a moodboard. We also love that this look calls to mind Sharon Stone’s famous red-carpet look in 1998. The look is complemented with Bulgari High Jewellery earrings and necklace with an assortment of Serpenti Viper one- and two-coil slim bracelets in 18ct white gold, set with full pave diamonds.

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JADA PINKETT SMITH

Magnificent! Rebellious in texture and volume, this show-stopping look is the antithesis of the clingy, sheer and smooth dresses that have dominated carpets for years — and all the better for it. The gown is Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, created by the spring/summer 2022 collection’s guest-designer Glenn Martens (also artistic director of Y/Project) and a great example of creative collaborative now. The closely cropped hair and bold earrings by Glen Spiro are a literally brilliant choice, giving the whole thing a futuristic classicism.

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BILLIE EILISH

Returning to her darker tresses, Billie's well-documented love of wearing volume is taken to another level in this enveloping Gucci gown with its intricate pleats and ruffles. There's a gothic sensibility to this look which is always a welcome change of pace on an otherwise glitzy Hollywood occasion.

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LENA WAITHE

GREAT suit on the marvellous Lena Waithe. Styled by Jason Bolden, the suit is Zegna (chic!) and the black turtleneck is a cool, classic touch, while the patent shoes are a shiny bit of fun.

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ZOE KRAVITZ

Zoe Kravitz shed the edginess of her Catwoman alter ego for a dash of Audrey Hepburn in this pink bow dress by Yves Saint Laurent, complemented with Kwiat jewellery. Wispy bangs, j'adore.

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UMA THURMAN

Channelling the austere minimalism we loved from her mid-90s film Gattaca, Uma showcases how shiny, prim minimalism can still create a big impact in this chic custom Bottega Veneta look.

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MAYA RUDOLPH

Leave it to Maya to add a little camp extravagance to the proceedings, this time a retro-inspired feather trimmed Valentino gown.

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