The 95th Annual Academy Awards kicked off in style on Sunday night in Hollywood with some of the biggest stars on Earth arriving in their most glamorous looks.
Lady Gaga stunned on the Oscars red carpet as she arrived in a risque sheer black Versace gown with a bralette top and low-slung skirt – revealing her bare derriere.
Rihanna showcased her pregnant belly in a see-through brown Alaia leather number with cut-out detailing along her hips.
Salma Hayek poured her curves into an orange form-fitting Gucci gown with a key hole detail; the fringed number was paired with a gold clutch.
Ana de Armas channeled Marilyn Monroe in a Louis Vuitton mermaid silk organza gown, which took 1000 hours to make and had 650 embroideries and 3-D scalloped petals emblazoned all over.
Iconic: Lady Gaga stunned on the Oscars red carpet as she arrived in a sheer gown with a bralette top and low-slung skirt; the star is wearing Versace
Edgy: The gown had corset boning along the torso and a pointy cone bralette
Wow! Lady Gaga’s gown revealed her underwear free form – with her bare derriere on full display in the sheer number
Award winning: Lady Gaga’s gown had a black voluminous skirt that flashed her backside and her midriff
Racy! The musician and actress’ bare backside was visible in the see-through frock
Lady Gaga’s black long-sleeved gown revealed her underwear free form – with her bare derriere on full display in the see-through number.
The sheer number also revealed her midriff and her arms; the dress had a pointed bralette and low-slung skirt with a belt detail.
Lady Gaga added a diamond choker, bracelet, rings and earrings with smokey black eye makeup and a bright orange-red lip; she wore her blonde hair back into a tight bun.
Jessica Chastain sizzled in a custom silver and black Gucci gown, paired with Gucci diamond and emerald jewelry.
The flame-haired beauty showcased her incredible figure in the strapless dress with a low-cut neckline; the dress featured crystal sequins embroidered all over.
Jessica rocked crimson lipstick with smokey eye makeup, opting for old Hollywood waves in her long hair to round out her glam look.
Insanely beautiful: Rihanna revealed her second pregnancy on February 12 during her Super Bow halftime show
Looking jaw dropping beautiful: Rihanna’s brown gown had a woven style design on the skirt and a long train
Va va voom: Salma Hayek looked incredible in a fringed, sparkling orange gown that showcased her curves
Halle Berry showcased her chiseled form in a white thigh-slit gown featuring champagned roses along the neckline and her upper thigh.
Mindy Kaling, Emily Blunt and Michelle Yeoh all opted to wear white. Mindy donned Vera Wang, Emily Blunt chose Valentino and Michelle Yeoh in Dior Couture.
Jamie Lee Curtis donned a cream colored number with corset boning along her torso and Eva Longoria in a white and silver plunging gown.
Incredible: Jessica Chastain sizzled in a custom silver and black Gucci gown, paired with Gucci diamond and emerald jewelry
Dramatic: Halle struck a pose in the incredible designer number
Ashley Graham wore her striking gown with an intricate hair style as she posed up a storm on the champagne-colored red carpet ahead of the big show.
The frock had a sheer black cape that gathered at her neck for a stunning accent to her glam ensemble.
Elizabeth Olsen chose a low-cut black dress with crimson lips, opting for pulled back tresses.
Vanessa Hudgens wore a strapless black and white gown for the ceremony, wearing her dark brunette locks pulled back into a chic bun.
Top Gun: Maverick has been nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, in a sign that Hollywood is finally listening to audiences and honoring box office hits instead of arthouse favorites.
While Cruise missed out on a nomination for Best Actor, the nomination for Best Picture could bring him his first Academy Award.
However, Everything Everywhere All At Once led the pack with the most nominations with 11 and The Banshees of Inisherin earned nine nominations. The two films swept the Golden Globes earlier this month.
She’s a beauty: Elizbeth’s gown featured an asymmetrical hemline with sheer panels as well as fringe
Gorgeous: Cara Delevingne looked absolutely breathtaking in a red gown with matching heels, adding a diamond choker
Princess look: Sofia Carson wowed in a voluminous white gown with emerald and diamond jewelry
Pretty: Allison Williams wore a pink, silver and white dress that was sheer, adding a candy colored pink jacket that had a large ruffled hemline
Looking incredible: Jamie Lee Curtis donned a sparkling cream and silver number with corset boning along the torso; she arrived with husband Christopher Guest
Plunging: Monica Barbaro wore a blue and maroon gown with a bow detail and a very low-cut neckline
Model pose: Winnie Harlow wore a neon yellow dress with black zipper along the front as well as a flower
Dapper: Brendan Fraser looked shared in his bow-tie and black and white suit, adding glasses
Nobel Peace Prize winner: Malala Yousafzai wore a silver caped gown for the Oscars; she arrived with her husband Asser Malik
Flying high: Top Gun: Maverick has been nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, in a sign that Hollywood is finally listening to audiences and honoring box office hits instead of arthouse favorites
Elvis, by Baz Luhrmann, has eight nominations, including one for Austin Butler.
Best Actress at the Oscars will be a toss-up between Cate Blanchett in Tar and Michelle Yeoh, who won the award at the Golden Globes for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Ana De Armas also earned a nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.
While Cruise missed out on a nomination for Best Actor, Austin Butler (Elvis) Brendan Fraser (The Whale) and Bill Nighy (Living) all received nods.
All Quiet On The Western Front, a German-produced film, earned multiple nominations, as did Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, including Best Original Song.
Angela Bassett is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and as is Jamie Lee Curtis for Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Winners will be voted on by the roughly 10,000 actors, producers, directors and film craftspeople who make up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The academy added more women and people of color to its ranks after the #OscarsSoWhite uproars of 2015 and 2016, and it increased membership from outside the United States.
Big favorite: However, Everything Everywhere All At Once led the pack with the most nominations with 11
This year, seven of the 20 acting nominees were people of color including Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All At Once castmates Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Quan.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences will surely celebrate a best-picture field populated with blockbusters; according to data firm Comscore, their collective domestic box office of $1.574 billion is the most ever at the time of nominations.
Last year’s awards had been looking like a comeback edition before ‘the slap’ came to define the ceremony. In the aftermath, the academy banned Will Smith from attending for the next 10 years.
Though he could have still been nominated, Smith’s performance as a runaway slave in Emancipation didn’t catch on with voters.
Notorious: Last year’s awards had been looking like a comeback edition before ‘the slap’ came to define the ceremony. In the aftermath, the academy banned Will Smith from attending for the next 10 year
But larger concerns are swirling around the movie business. Last year saw flashes of triumphant resurrection for theaters, like the success of Top Gun: Maverick, but less stellar results for most dramas.
Partially due to an inconsistent stream of major releases, ticket sales for the year recovered only about 70percent of pre-pandemic business.
Stocks for streaming services, meanwhile have plunged as Wall Street looked to streaming services to earn profits, not just add subscribers.
Last year’s Oscar broadcast drew 16.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen, up from the record-low audience of 10.5 million for the pandemic-marred 2021 telecast.