Five of the Best and Worst Looks on the Oscars 2023 Red Carpet

Five of the Best and Worst Looks on the Oscars 2023 Red Carpet

Who takes home top style marks on the Oscars 2023 red carpet AKA Hollywood’s biggest night?



Yes, Hollywood’s prom night is finally here! Considered to be the pinnacle of awards season and the year’s biggest celebration of films and movie-making magic, the 95th Academy Awards was filled with several notable surprises—from Everything Everywhere All at Once winning a whopping seven Oscars and a last-minute Lady Gaga performance to Michelle Yeoh’s historic (and long overdue) victory as the first Asian woman to win for Best Actress.


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Now that that’s over, let’s get to the fun part.


Style-wise, the Oscars red carpet is known for classic high glamour and polished perfection. This is, after all, the equivalent of the film industry’s election night, so all nominees are expected to be on their best behavior and don their best garb. But although most stars chose to stick with classic can’t-go-wrong looks, others pushed the envelope and dared to showcase their personal style—for better or for worse.


Ahead, see our picks for the biggest style hits and misses of the 2023 Oscars.


HIT: Fan Bingbing in Tony Ward Couture


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After a five-year-long absence from the industry, why is Fan Bingbing suddenly back, and on the Oscars red carpet of all places? We don’t know—and frankly, we don’t care! All we know is that the Chinese actress dazzled in this stunning silver dress and emerald-green cape, evoking the best of classic Hollywood while still bringing that regal drama. Consider this the benchmark for making a Hollywood comeback.


MISS: Florence Pugh in Valentino Haute Couture


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Florence is no stranger to the red carpet, and she definitely made a mark with her bold and defiant style. But as much as it hurts us to say it, she missed the mark here—although her hair and makeup are flawless, her drab wrinkled dress is reminiscent of an unmade bed. And at the risk of sounding prudish, there’s just something borderline blasphemous about wearing bike shorts to the Academy Awards. Sorry not sorry!


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HIT: Paul Mescal in Gucci


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As per usual, most male attendees defaulted to the classic black-and-white tux for the awards ceremony, proving that men will always have it easier as compared to women. (The patriarchy, amirite?) Thankfully, Paul went above and beyond with the best menswear look of the night, imbuing his suit with classic 70s retro-cool with the full flared pants and the perfectly fitted double-breasted jacket. The mullet and red boutonniere were the perfect touches, serving prom king circa 1979 in the best way possible.


MISS: Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture


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Marnie, what is this? The M3GAN actress chose to wear a (*clears throat*) bejeweled long-sleeved gown with a white feather hem along with a pink silk taffeta cape. The overall effect? A little busy and Everything Everywhere All At Once, no? Making matters worse is how it’s all rendered in a hue that completely washes her out. We think this merits her telling her stylist to Get Out, don’t you think?


HIT: Angela Bassett in Moschino


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Yes, Angela Bassett is here and she (checks notes) definitely did the thing. She looked absolutely resplendent in this deep-purple Moschino confection fit for the queen of Wakanda. We love how she never feels confined by what Hollywood expects actresses in their 60s to dress like. You’ll never see her in a mumsy caftan—and if you look as phenomenal as Angela Bassett does at 64, why would you even bother?


MISS: The Rock in Dolce & Gabbana


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Our love for The Rock knows no bounds. So it saddens us to inform him that this peach satin Dolce & Gabbana jacket was, well, a choice. The problem wasn’t just the apricot color that washes him out (which on its own would be problematic), but the silk-satin finish, which emphasizes every wrinkle and pucker of the coat. Had this jacket been rendered in a classic wool, we wouldn’t have this problem. This look just makes us sad, which isn’t something that one should say when looking at a photo of The Rock.


HIT: Jessie Buckley in Rodarte


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Let’s be real, marrying your expressive alternative personal style to the conformist expectations of the Oscars red carpet isn’t exactly the easiest task in the world. But the Woman Talking star and best actress nominee successfully threaded the line perfectly, donning a bold beaded Rodarte ensemble that made her look like Joan of Arc or the warrior queen of a medieval European kingdom. We can’t get enough of it.


MISS: Melissa McCarthy in Christian Siriano


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Melissa girl, we loved Pearl, too, but you missed Halloween by, like, five months. All jokes aside, this shade of red looks lovely on her, but the combination of the high neck, long sleeves and huge tulle skirt just overwhelms her and swallows her whole. But hey remember, you’re a starrrr—just send this dress back to Mia Goth pronto!


HIT: Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé


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It’s a hell of a flex to look sensational in a custom Armani gown at the Oscars, but it’s an even bigger flex to show up looking absolutely incredible at an event your ex might show up to. (And nope, Top Gun: Maverick’s Tom Cruise was a no-show.) She looks amazing every time she leans into a witchier aesthetic; there’s just something about her coloring that really makes black sequins pop. She really did come to this place for magic.


MISS: Eva Longoria in Zuhair Murad


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We get that she was going for beachy bohemian chic, but this look just feels so…dated. From the unflattering bust that sags a little too much to the overwrought beadwork and heavy makeup, she’s giving Kardashian cosplayer, and circa 2015 at that (2023 Kim wouldn’t be caught dead wearing this).


Which looks from the Oscars 2023 red carpet were hits and misses? Leave it in the comments below!



Words Jer Capacillo

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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