Ruffles, jewel tones, metallics, and high slits take center stage on the 2020 Oscars red carpet

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Blac Chyna, Regina King, and Kristen Wiig attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on 9 February. Collage by Afika Jadezweni
Blac Chyna, Regina King, and Kristen Wiig attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on 9 February. Collage by Afika Jadezweni

As the crescendo of awards season, the Academy Awards are highly anticipated every year, and the stakes are always high on all fronts - from the red carpet to the stage. 

The Oscars red carpet has therefore often been characterised by elegance, as designers give A-listers some of their top-drawer offerings. 

READ MORE: Celebrities go back to designer basics for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet

So without wasting any time let's take a look at these offerings, where we notice our previous 2020 red carpet predictions are slowly becoming a firm reality. 

Metallics and all things scintillating

Regina King 

In Versace. 

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Sandra Oh 

The Killing Eve star stunned in a Elie Saab gown with standout exaggerated sleeves. This is one time where we'd take Coco Chanel's advice, though, and remove just one thing from this look - the belt. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Cynthia Erivo

Janelle Monáe 

Hooded in Ralph Lauren, looking like a bougie monk. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Janelle Moná

Ruffles, bows and drapes

Kristen Wiig

In head-turning Valentino that turned out to be meme bait on the internet. Personally, I love it.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Ryan Michelle

Ryan Michelle Bathe

We bet this Fouad Sarkis gown from the Autumn/Winter '20 collection created a stir at the Oscars. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Kristen Wiig

Kelly Marie Tran 

In a black Schiaparelli ball gown with bow detailing. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Cynthia Erivo

Caitriona Balfe

In Valentino. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Cynthia Erivo

Elaine Welteroth

The doyenne of the publishing world showed up in Christian Siriano. 

Saoirse Ronan

In a Gucci gown with contrasting fabrics. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Saoirse Ronan

Jewel tones

Mindy Kaling 

In a yellow Dolce & Gabbana gown replete with Chopard jewels identical to the ones her Oceans 8 character stole in a heist along with her all-woman co-stars.

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Kaitlyn Dever 

In Louis Vuitton. Wait, does this mean shawls are back? 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Kaitlyn Dever

Back to black

Charlize Theron

In Dior. Anyone else noticed Charlize has taken a liking to black throughout this awards season? 

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Natalie Portman

Making a feminist statement in Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s embroidered cape with the names of female directors overlooked by the Academy stitched into it. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Natalie Portm

Blac Chyna  

We're not too sure why she was there, but we see Blac Chyna also got the black-and-blue memo from previous red carpets this year, and we love her well-considered slit on this dress by Donna Matoshi.

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Penelope Cruz

In archival Chanel from the Spring/Summer 1995 haute couture. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Janelle Moná

Zazie Beetz

In a Thom Browne two-piece. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Janelle Moná

READ MORE: The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards looks hint that black may be back on the red carpet in 2020

And a sprinkle of white 

Cynthia Erivo 

She made her Oscars in a white custom Atelier Versace gown with an embellished bustier. However, we would've preferred more delicate shoes to go with this dress.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Cynthia Erivo

Renée Zellweger 

In form-fitting Armani. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Ryan Michelle

Billie Eilish

In a Chanel tweed suit, which she swapped out for an all-black ensemble at the Vanity Fair after party. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Billie Eilish

Images: Getty, Instar Images

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