Fashion in the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

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After a year of remarkable change and social distancing, it is no wonder that the 93rd annual Oscars award show was historical and memorable in its own right. 

Unlike previous years, the Oscars were not just hosted at the Dolby Theatre. The award show was held in various locations to prioritize the public health and safety of those in attendance. A spokesperson from the Academy said: "To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see... adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations." 

Other than its unique filming, this year's Academy Awards is making history for other reasons. To start, there have been more actors of color this year to be nominated for awards than there have ever been in the history of the Oscars. Thirty-two percent of the nominees are also women, yet another historical statistic. 

This year's show was projected to cost over $40 million to produce. According to WalletHub,  the Oscars red carpet alone (which, to its credit, is 50,000 square feet) costs $24.7 thousand, and one 30-second commercial is projected to cost $2 million. 

While the awards themselves are the essence of the Oscars, the fashion worn by Hollywood's elite are something we all look forward to as well.

While the ladies this year received more spotlight as nominees and winners than usual, the men's fashion on the red carpet was truly an unstoppable powerhouse. 

Pictured to the left is Coleman Domingo, who starred in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (before his sad and sudden death in August 2020). Domingo made a statement in this sharp pink three-piece tuxedo on the red carpet. In fact, Domingo looks like he is matching the carpet in the pink tones! He looks fantastic and is a great introduction to the fashion-forward gentleman at the Oscars.

Showing that sticking to basics isn't necessarily a bad thing - Riz Ahmed (one of the Best Actor nominees for his role in "Sound of Metal") looks sleek and suave in an all-black ensemble by Prada.

Daniel Kaluuya opted for a classic vibe in Bottega Veneta. A clean look for a clean sweep! Kaluuya won Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Fred Hampton in  "Judas and the Black Messiah." 

Sacha Baron Cohen wore a mocha suit from Ralph Lauren, spicing it up with a matching bow tie and brown loafers, paired with a white shirt and cream trousers. Departing from the classic black tuxedo (as Ahmed and Kaluuya did), Cohen still looked awesome for the Oscars and really showed off his style with this eye-catching pairing! 

A two-time nominee for his work on "One Night in Miami," Leslie Odom Jr. channeled his inner Oscar statue in a gold Brioni suit paired with Cartier ascents. 

Co-directors for "Two Distant Strangers" made fashion headlines in their matching gold and black suits, which somewhere found on their outfits bore the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, respectively. 

As for the women on the Oscars red carpet, Zendaya left her mark in a beautiful flowing yellow gown that showed off her length and figure. Fans of Zendaya and viewers of the Oscars quickly took to social media praising the celebrity for her appearance at the Oscars... however, she wasn't the only one.

Vanessa Kirby was ravishing in a pale pink dress by Gucci. The dress featured a column skirt with a long train, which did wonders for this actress's figure. 

Amanda Seyfried looked fabulous when she walked into the award show wearing a dramatic couture red tulle gown from Giorgio Armani Prive. Her hair and makeup only helped compliment her look with a matching deep red lip and a wavy "old Hollywood" reminiscent updo. 

Glenn Close, whose 2021 Oscars spotlight came dominantly from her performing the "Da Butt" dance by E.U. for a live audience, was radiant in a blue long-sleeved tunic embellished with crystals by Giorgio Armani. 
However, of all the fashions of the night of the ladies, actress Carey Mulligan really pulled off something dramatic and different - setting her apart from the rest and leaving a memorable look on the Oscars red carpet. 

Mulligan, who was nominated for her role in "Promising Young Women," was an absolute show-stopper in this shimmery Valentino couture gown, featuring a cut-out top and a strapless neckline. 

Other fashion honorable mentions include Andra Day in a silky gold number by Vera Wang, Aldis Hodge in a black and white suit, Tyler Perry wearing an Armani jacket paired with a satin shirt and trousers, Kemp Powers in a cream jacket and tuxedo, Regina King donning a "Cinderella blue" crystal embedded Louis Vuitton gown, and Angela Basset in Alberta Ferretti - a cherry red gown with a large bow attached to her back (it's safe to say that Basset definitely made quite the red carpet impression).

In many ways, from the various filmed locations, fashions, and even to those who took center stage to accept their Oscars, this night was nothing short of historic and groundbreaking. The amount of diversity in this year's Academy Awards was fully noted. Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling went to "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Actress Yuh-Jung Youn accepted the Oscar for Supporting Actress for her role in "Minari." 

The cast and crew of "Nomandland" did an absolute sweep at the 2021 Oscars. Best Actress went to Frances McDormand for her role in "Nomandland", and the director, an Asian American, Chloe Zhao, took home the Oscar for Directing. In the end, "Nomandland" also snagged Best Picture. 

Disney's "Soul" won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score. Best Actor went to Anthony Hopkins for his role in "The Father," however Hopkins himself could not attend to receive his award, so the Academy accepted it in his stead. Also, the late Chadwick Boseman became the first-ever person of color to be nominated for an Oscar posthumously. He was also a nominee for Best Actor.

Despite the delay and the concerns over this year's Oscars, the Academy and all of our beloved celebrities made this award show something well worth the wait. Whether that came in the form of fashion, acting, or live entertainment, the 93rd Academy Awards was one to watch and something we will soon not forget... that is, until the next one!  

 Written by: Alyssa Lambo

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