Every year the Oscars invites the most glamorous and stylish figures in the entertainment world to award the very best actors and crew members involved in the movie industry. It’s an incredibly lavish evening that’s watched all over the world by more than several hundred million people so if you do find yourself lucky enough to be a guest at the ceremony, or indeed a nominee, you most certainly will want to dress to impress. There have been plenty of red carpet highs and lows over the years but here’s a selection of the very best.
NAOMI WATTS, 2004
The always beautiful Naomi Watts took to the red carpet in 2004 in hope of picking up her first Oscar for her performance in award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ’21 Grams’. Whilst she missed out on the win she certainly made sure she would turn heads with a glimmering Versace number. It was a stunning and timeless dress that not only emphasised a classic style but also hung beautifully on her enviable figure.
The 2002 ceremony was memorable for plenty of reasons, one of which being the tearful acceptance speech from lead actress Halle Berry as she stunned audiences with her performance in romantic drama ‘Monster’s Ball’ as well as fashion aficionados when she stepped onto the carpet. There aren’t many actresses who could pull off this rather revealing yet effortlessly glamorous Elie Saab creation but Miss Berry managed to make one of the more memorable red carpet fashion statements to date.
RENEE ZELLWEGER, 2001
It’s incredible to think that she had just come from shooting ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ but Renee Zellweger had managed to shift those extra pounds and looked truly stunning when she arrived at the 2001 awards. Zellweger sported a striking yellow chiffon dress from vintage dealer Lily et Cie, which was based on an original 1959 design by Jean Dessès. Set against the rich red of the carpet the actress oozed Hollywood glamour.
NICOLE KIDMAN, 1997
Parading along the carpet arm in arm with Tom Cruise may seem a long time ago now for the former Hollywood couple but beautiful red head Nicole Kidman made an effortless statement at the 1997 ceremony. Her Asian-inspired dress, from designer John Galliano, was as elegant as the actress herself that evening and even though she was there to support her husband’s nomination for ‘Jerry Maguire’ she certainly took a lot of that spotlight.