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The best and most surprising red-carpet looks at the 2022 Oscars

Saniyya Sidney arriving at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.
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Armchair fashion critics, rejoice: The entertainment industry’s most stylish night is upon us! And while we won’t know for a few hours yet who will end the 94th Academy Awards with one of Hollywood’s highest honors, the arrivals red carpet at the Dolby Theatre has already minted a handful of winners in the best-dressed department.

Below are some of the gorgeous gowns, terrific tuxedos and fantastic fits that are certain to have tongues wagging, eyeballs popping and the internet exploding long after the last piece of mantel bling has been handed out.

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Sofia Carson

Sofia Carson on the red carpet in a black gown.
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Sofia Carson was one of the early style standouts to hit the red carpet in a simple stunner from the fall and winter 2021 Giambattista Valli Haute Couture collection that paired a black, draped one-shoulder tulle top with a black tulle skirt.

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Saniyya Sidney

Saniyya Sidney arriving at the 94th Academy Awards red carpet in a colorful gown.
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“King Richard” star Saniyya Sidney’s spring and summer 2021 Giorgio Armani Privé strapless gown kept the simple and elegant vibe — but took it up a couple notches with eye-catching color.

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Lily James

Lily James on the red carpet at the Academy Awards
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Lily James’ boudoir-meets-bombshell Atelier Versace gown was one of the many red carpet looks to key into the pale pink colorway.

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Sebastián Yatra

Sebastián Yatra arrives at the Oscars
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Another member of the pale pink posse was “Best Original Song” nominee Sebastián Yatra (“Encanto”) who turned up on the red carpet in a custom Moschino ensemble that included a pink three-piece suit with satin lapels and matching pink smoking shirt.

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Demi Singleton

Demi Singleton on the Oscars red carpet.
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Demi Singleton pulled focus in purple thanks to her crystal embroidered lilac satin strapless cocktail dress by Miu Miu.

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Eva Von Bahr

Eva Von Bahr on the Oscars red carpet
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We don’t (yet) know the provenance of Eva Von Bahr’s cherub-festooned night-at-the-museum gown and sculpted-bust handbag but it certainly caught our attention.

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Timothèe Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards
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No shirt? No problem — especially if you’re Timothée Chalamet who hit the arrivals red carpet in a black embroidered lace tuxedo jacket and black fitted pants from the spring and summer 2022 Louis Vuitton womenswear collection — but sans the boring white tux shirt.

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Zendaya

Zendaya arriving at the 94th Academy Awards
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Is it just us, or does Zendaya’s Valentino Haute Couture white cropped shirt and silver, sequin-embroidered skirt kind of feel like an upscale homage to Sharon Stone’s now famous Gap-T-shirt-at-the-Oscars moment? Even if you’re not feeling it, you have to admit she’s one of the evening’s best-dressed no?

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o on the Oscars red carpet
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Lupita Nyong’o is a vision in gold on the arrivals red carpet at the 94th Academy Awards thanks to her fringed gold metallic Prada gown.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards
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Another on-trend color at the 94th Academy Awards was green. Jada Pinkett Smith, pictured here with husband Will Smith, wears Jean Paul Gaultier spring and summer 2022 Couture. Others who found it easy wearing green include presenters Daniel Kaluuya (in a bright green double-breasted satin Gucci jacket with contrasting peak lapels) and Diane Warren.

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Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash arriving at the 94th Academy Awards
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Niecy Nash went with a brighter shade of pink — magenta in fact — turning out to the arrivals red carpet in a Monsoori gown with a ruffled neckline and high-cut leg slit.

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Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards
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Best supporting actress nominee Aunjanue Ellis was already a winner in our book even before the ceremony began thanks to the custom Atelier Versace organza, tulle and chiffon ballgown with crystal embroidery and fringe detailing.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jessie Buckley at the 94th Academy Awards
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The custom Schiaparelli gown Maggie Gyllenhaal (above right with Jessie Buckley in custom Erdem on the red carpet) wasn’t exactly our style of gown, but it does suit her ... to a “T,” no?

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Simu Liu

Canadian actor Simu Liu attends the 94th Oscars
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Actor Simu Liu brought the heat — and the color — in a custom Atelier Versace single-breasted peak-lapel tuxedo with golden Medusa buttons that instantly made him one of the night’s best-dressed men.

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Beyoncé

Beyonce performs during the show at the 94th Academy Awards
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Beyoncé didn’t hit the arrivals red carpet but we didn’t have to wait too long to see her slay in the style department; Queen Bey kicked off the Academy Awards telecast with a live performance of her Oscar-nominated song “Be Alive” from the movie “King Richard” — from a Compton tennis court. Was the David Koma ensemble actually a shade of tennis-ball green or was it just our imagination? It matters not; when it comes to awards-show looks and Beyoncé, in our book it’s always going to be game, set, match.

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