What 71 best actress winners have worn to the Oscars

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  • The 95th Academy Awards took place Sunday, March 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Michelle Yeoh won best actress for "Everything Everywhere All At Once."

  • Insider rounded up the looks of best-actress winners from 1930 to 2023 to show how styles evolved.

1930: Norma Shearer wore a jacket with fur-lined sleeves over her dress when she won the Oscar for her role in "The Divorce."

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Norma Shearer.AP

Shearer finished off her outfit with red lipstick, wavy hair, and several pieces of dainty jewelry.

1931: Marie Dressler received the Oscar for her part in "Min and Bill."

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Marie Dressler (left).AP

Dressler wore a dark shift dress and one long necklace.

1935: Bette Davis wore a patterned ensemble when she took home the award for best actress for her work in "Dangerous."

Bette Davis and Victor McLaglen are shown after winning their Oscars at the 1935 Academy Awards banquet held at the Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca., on March 5, 1936
Bette Davis and Victor McLaglen.AP Photo

Davis was convinced that she wouldn't win the Oscar, so she wore "an old costume" to the ceremony, Harper's Bazaar reported.

1937: Luise Rainer took home the Oscar for her portrayal of Anna Held in "The Great Ziegfeld."

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Luise Rainer.AP

Rainer wore an elegant white coat and styled her hair in an updo.

1939: Bette Davis won her second best actress Oscar for her role in "Jezebel."

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Bette Davis.AP

Davis wore a black gown with a wispy embellishment.

1940: Vivienne Leigh wore a patterned dress while accepting the Oscar for playing Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind."

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Vivienne Leigh.AP

She completed her outfit with a single pendant, dark lipstick, curled hair, and tons of mascara.

1941: Ginger Rogers accepted the Oscar at the 13th annual Academy Awards for "Kitty Foyle" in a brown dress with lace details.

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Ginger Rogers.AP

In 1921, attendees were advised to wear "muted tones" because of the ongoing war, The Telegraph reported.

1942: Joan Fontaine won best actress for "Suspicion."

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Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper.AP

Fontaine wore a lacy black dress which she paired with a matching hat and several pearl necklaces.

1945: Ingrid Bergman wore a dark skirt and blouse when she won the Oscar for her role in "Gaslight."

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Ingrid Bergman.AP Photo/Harold P. Matosian

Bergman finished off her outfit by sweeping her hair away from her face.

1947: Olivia De Havilland took home the gold for her role in "To Each His Own."

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Olivia De Havilland Ray Milland.AP Photo

The actress wore a strapless floral gown, which she complemented with large, glossy curls.

1948: Loretta Young donned a green satin gown with matching gloves to accept the award for "The Farmer's Daughter."

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Loretta Young.AP

Her tiered dress had plenty of ruffles.

1949: Jane Wyman kissed her best actress Oscar for her role in "Johnny Belinda."

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Jane Wyman.AP

She wore a white gown with an embellished collar.

1950: Olivia de Havilland embodied '50s style when she accepted the Oscar for her role in "The Heiress."

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Olivia de Havilland.AP Photo

The actress paired her flower-embellished gown with a pair of matching gloves.

1954: Audrey Hepburn wore a belted Givenchy dress as she accepted the award for her performance in "Roman Holiday."

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Audrey Hepburn.AP

Hepburn finished the look with classic eyeliner and lipstick.

March 1955: Grace Kelly accepted the award for her role in "The Country Girl."

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Grace Kelly.AP

Kelly topped off her ensemble with elbow-length gloves, dainty earrings, and an updo.

1958: Joanne Woodward accepted her award for "The Three Faces of Eve" in a strapless gown accented with white gloves.

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Joanne Woodward.AP

She kept her hair and makeup simple, allowing her outfit to stand out.

1959: Susan Hayward wore a black dress to take home the Oscar for "I Want to Live!"

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Susan Hayward, David Niven, Ingrid Bergman, and Maurice Chevalier.AP

She topped off her black dress with a voluminous blowout, white gloves, and red lipstick.

1960: Simone Signoret won the Oscar for "Room at the Top."

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Simone Signoret.AP

Signoret took her ensemble to the next level with winged eyeliner.

1961: Elizabeth Taylor went floral in a Christian Dior gown to accept her award for "Butterfield 8."

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Elizabeth Taylor.AP

Her high-volume hair and white gloves added some serious glamour to her outfit.

1965: Julie Andrews hugged her Oscar for "Mary Poppins" in a pale yellow gown.

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Julie Andrews.AP Photo

Andrews topped off her simple dress with a bib-like statement necklace.

1966: Julie Christie wore a shiny gold dress to match the Oscar she won for "Darling."

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Julie Christie (second from left).AP

Christie finished off her outfit with a feathery blowout.

1969: Barbara Streisand didn't realize her Arnold Scaasi pantsuit was see-through under the lights as she accepted the Academy Award for "Funny Girl."

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Barbara Streisand.AP

She finished off her sequined pantsuit with a sleek bob and lots of eyeliner.

1972: Jane Fonda accepted the Oscar for "Klute" in a black Yves Saint Laurent suit.

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Jane Fonda, Gene Hackman, and Philip D'Antoni.AP

She parted her sleek, shoulder length hair to the side to complete her mod ensemble.

1973: Liza Minnelli shone in a bright yellow Halston dress to accept the award for her role in "Cabaret."

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Liza Minnelli.AP

She paired her outfit with a colorful choker and matching bracelet.

1976: Jack Nicholson kissed Louise Fletcher after their Oscar wins for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

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Louise Fletcher.AP Photo/JFM

Fletcher wore a delicate white gown by Alfred Fiandaca.

March 1977: Faye Dunaway wore a black Geoffery Beene dress to accept her award for "Network."

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Louise Fletcher and Faye Dunaway.AP Photo/Penderbrass

Dunaway topped off her dark outfit with several pieces of gold jewelry.

1978: Diane Keaton accepted the award for "Annie Hall" in a unique Ruth Morley suit.

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Diane Keaton.AP

Keaton went for a muted color palette with her layered outfit.

1979: Jane Fonda wore a gorgeous James Reva gown to accept her trophy.

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Jane Fonda.AP

Fonda embraced the trends of the '70s in a flowy floral dress.

1980: Sally Field embodied spring in a white Bob Mackie dress with sheer floral cover as she accepted the award for "Norma Rae."

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Sally Field.AP Photo

She pared down her look with lots of eyeliner and teased, voluminous hair.

1981: Sissy Spacek took the award for "Coal Miner's Daughter" in a black jumpsuit.

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Sissy Spacek.AP

Spacek kept the rest of her look simple without much makeup or jewelry.

1983: Meryl Streep won the Oscar for "Sophie's Choice" in a gold Christian Leigh dress.

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Meryl Streep and Ben Kingsley.AP Photo

Streep finished her outfit off with a pink-brown shade of lipstick and curled hair.

1984: Shirley MacLaine wore a Fabrice dress suit when she won for "Terms of Endearment."

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Robert Duvall and Shirley MacLaine.Reed Saxon/AP

MacLaine's suit was decorated with an intricate embroidered pattern.

1985: Sally Field cried out her famous, "You like me! You really like me!" in a strapless black dress as she won for "Places in the Heart."

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Sally Field.AP

She finished off her outfit with a necklace that looked like a ribbon.

1986: Geraldine Page, who won the Oscar for her work in "The Trip to Bountiful," layered a cape-like shawl over her dress.

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Geraldine Page.Lennox McLendon/AP Photo

She completed her outfit with chandelier earrings and a warm shade of lipstick.

1987: Marlee Matlin paired her pink dress with a floral headpiece when she won for her role in "Children of a Lesser God."

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Marlee Matlin.AP Photo/Lennox McLendon

Matlin paired her mixed-material gown with a pair of glasses and peachy lipstick.

1988: Cher famously wore a sheer Bob Mackie ensemble to accept the award for "Moonstruck."

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Cher.Lennox McLendon/AP Photo

From her headdress to her sandals, the star sparkled from head to toe.

1989: Jodie Foster wore a light blue gown when she took home the Oscar for her role in "The Accused."

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Jodie Foster and Dustin Hoffman.AP

Foster kept her hair and makeup simple, letting the ruched gown speak for itself.

1990: Jessica Tandy sparkled in a two-piece getup by Giorgio Armani as she accepted the award for her performance in "Driving Miss Daisy."

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Jessica Tandy and Jeremy Irons.AP/Bob Galbraith

Tandy topped off her outfit with a pair of statement earrings.

1991: Kathy Bates wore a black gown with shoulder pads to accept her award for "Misery."

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Kathy Bates.Bob Galbraith/Associated Press

Her earrings matched the glitzy details on her dress.

1992: Jodie Foster took home the gold statue again for her role in "Silence of the Lambs."

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Jodie Foster.Bob Galbraith/Associated Press

This time, she opted for an Armani jacket and went old school with matching gloves.

1993: Emma Thompson wore an emerald Caroline Charles gown when she won for "Howards End."

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Emma Thompson.Douglas C. Pizac/AP

Thompson completed her look with red lipstick and curled ringlets.

1994: Holly Hunter wore a black Vera Wang dress with a hint of sparkle when she won for "The Piano."

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Holly Hunter.Lois Bernstein/AP

Hunter matched her earrings and bracelet to the glimmering details on her dress.

1995: Jessica Lange wore Calvin Klein when she won the award for "Blue Sky."

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Diane Wiest and Jessica Lange.AP

Lange added a touch of color to her dark, mesh-paneled gown with her bright lipstick.

1996: Susan Sarandon wore a bronze Dolce & Gabbana gown when she was recognized for "Dead Man Walking."

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Susan Sarandon.Reed Saxon/Associated Press

Sarandon finished off her outfit with tousled hair and a thick layer of bronzer.

1997: Frances McDormand wore a simple black dress when she won for "Fargo."

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Frances McDormand.AP

She kept her accessories minimal, opting for just one ring and a pair of earrings.

1998: Helen Hunt stunned in a strapless blue dress by Tom Ford for Gucci when she won for "As Good as It Gets."

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Helen Hunt.Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo

She finished off her outfit with a matching wrap, frosty makeup, and a diamond bracelet.

1999: Gwyneth Paltrow wore a baby pink Ralph Lauren princess gown when she took home the Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love."

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Gwyneth Paltrow.Newsmakers/Getty Images

Paltrow topped off her dress with a sheer, tulle wrap, a statement necklace, bright pink lipstick, and a touch of blush.

2000: Hilary Swank wore a strapless green Randolph Duke dress when she accepted the award for "Boys Don't Cry."

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Hilary Swank.Eric Draper/AP

Swank glammed up her dress with a dazzling statement necklace.

2001: Julia Roberts wore a black Valentino gown with white accents when she won for "Erin Brockovich."

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Julia Roberts.David McNew/Getty Images

2002: Halle Berry wore one of the most memorable Oscars dresses when she accepted her award for "Monster's Ball" in a floor-sweeping Elie Saab gown.

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Halle Berry.AP

Her dress had  a mesh, floral-embroidered top and a contrasting satin skirt.

2003: Nicole Kidman accepted her Oscar for "The Hours" in a black Jean Paul Gaultier dress.

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Nicole Kidman.Kim D. Johnson/AP Photo

The dress had an unexpected, edgy neckline.

2004: Charlize Theron rocked a glittering Gucci dress when she won for "Monster."

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Charlize Theron.Laura Rauch/AP

The actor looked very old Hollywood with her hair styled in glamorous waves.

February 2005: Hilary Swank accepted her Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby" in a backless Guy Laroche dress.

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Hilary Swank.Chris Pizzello/AP Photo

She completed the look with shimmering makeup and a sleek hairdo.

2006: Reese Witherspoon looked radiant in a Christian Dior gown when she won for her performance in "Walk the Line."

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Reese Witherspoon.AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Witherspoon completed her outfit with a smoky eye, a simple hairdo, and earrings that matched her dress.

2007: Helen Mirren wore a Christian Lacroix gown when she accepted the Oscar for "The Queen."

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Helen Mirren.AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

It looks like Mirren layered a patterned tulle skirt over her lacy, embellished gown.

2008: Marion Cotillard took home the Oscar for "La Vie En Rose."

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Marion Cotillard.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The actor looked glamorous with sleek curls and a dress that looked like it was inspired by a mermaid.

2009: Kate Winslet took home the Oscar for "The Reader" in a one-shouldered, blue-gray Yves Saint Laurent.

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Kate Winslet.AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Winslet complemented her two-toned dress with a smoky eye.

2010: Sandra Bullock wore a silver Marchesa dress as she accepted the award for her role in "The Blindside."

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Sandra Bullock.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The actor brought some color to her look with bright pink lipstick.

2011: Natalie Portman wore an off-the-shoulder Rodarte dress while accepting the award for "Black Swan."

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Natalie Portman at the 2011 Oscars.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Portman's shoes and earrings perfectly matched her dress.

2012: Meryl Streep matched her Oscar for "The Iron Lady" in a gold Lanvin dress.

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Meryl Streep.AP Photo/Matt Sayles

From her accessories to her makeup, Streep appeared to be dripping in gold.

2013: Jennifer Lawrence accepted her award for "Silver Linings Playbook" in a white Christian Dior gown.

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Jennifer Lawrence.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Lawrence may have tripped on her way to the stage, but she still looked flawless.

2014: Cate Blanchett wore an embellished Armani Privé gown when she took home the award for "Blue Jasmine."

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Cate Blanchett.AP

Blanchett completed her look with delicate curls and large earrings.

2015: Julianne Moore wore a strapless Chanel gown when she accepted the award for "Still Alice."

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Julianne Moore shows off her Oscar statue.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The custom, detailed gown took over 900 hours to make, according to People.

2016: Brie Larson accepted the Oscar for "Room" in a belted, royal blue Gucci dress.

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Brie Larson.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The intricate gown was in the works for two months, according to ABC.


2017: Emma Stone wore a vintage-inspired gown when she won the award for her performance in "La La Land."

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Emma Stone at the 2017 Oscars.Getty Images

She topped off her golden-toned dress with big waves and classic red lipstick.


2018: Frances McDormand won the award for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," wearing a black dress with a gold pattern.

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Frances McDormand at the 2018 Oscars.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

During her acceptance speech, McDormand asked every female nominee in the audience to stand.

2019: Olivia Colman wore an emerald green Prada gown that took months to create as she accepted the award for "The Favourite."

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Olivia Colman upset Glenn Close, who was favored to win for her performance in "The Wife."ABC/Craig Sjodin

Colman's gown was draped with a silk organza cape, according to the New York Times. You can't see it here, but it was tied into a giant bow in the back that was covered in Swarovski crystal flowers.

When the actress took the stage, she said it was quite stressful to win for her portrayal of Queen Anne in "The Favourite." In her speech, she thanked her co-stars, her husband, and fellow nominees, including Glenn Close, who was the frontrunner to win in the category.

"Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be. And I think you're amazing and I love you very much. I love you all," said Colman.

2020: Renée Zellweger won her second Oscar in a custom white Armani Privé gown.

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Zellweger was the favorite to win for her role as Judy Garland in "Judy."Jennifer Graylock/PA Images via Getty Images

Zellweger's silk gown made a statement with its one long sleeve.

Though tough to see, according to Entertainment Tonight, the gown was covered in beads with pale pink and blue thread.

Zellweger beat out fellow nominees Scarlett Johansson ("Marriage Story"), Saoirse Ronan ("Little Women"), Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet"), and Charlize Theron ("Bombshell").

The actress' win for "Judy" is her second Academy Award. Zellweger previously won in 2004 for best supporting actor in "Cold Mountain."

"This past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us," said Zellweger in her acceptance speech.

"Though Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time, I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy that began on our film set and is also representative of the fact that her legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity of spirit," Zellweger added. "It transcends any one artistic achievement. Miss Garland, you were certainly among the heroes who unite and define us. And this is certainly for you. I am so grateful."

2021: Frances McDormand wins her third acting Oscar for "Nomadland" in a navy blue gown.

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Frances McDormand poses for her third best actress award alongside "Nomadland" director Chloé Zhao, who won best director.Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

McDormand wore a navy blue gown with a feathered bottom and feathered sleeves.

With her win, McDormand now ties Meryl Streep and Ingrid Bergman with the most Oscar wins for acting. Katharine Hepburn holds the record with four best actress statues.

2022: Jessica Chastain wore a custom Gucci gown to accept her first Academy Award for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."

essica Chastain, winner of the Actress in a Leading Role award for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ poses in the press room during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California
Jessica Chastain with her first Oscar win.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Chastain dazzled in a sparkly ombré Gucci gown that transitioned from rose gold to lavender.

Chastain beat out fellow nominees Olivia Colman ("The Lost Daughter"), Penélope Cruz ("Parallel Mothers"), Nicole Kidman ("Being the Ricardos"), and Kristen Stewart ("Spencer") for her role as Tammy Faye Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."

The actress was previously nominated in the category in 2013 for "Zero Dark Thirty."

Chastain used her awards speech to speak to the LGBTQ+ community, addressing the "discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country."

"In times like this, I think of Tammy and I'm inspired by her radical acts of love," Chastain said. "I'm inspired by her passion. I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward, and it connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love, and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror."

Chastain added: "For any of you out there who do in fact feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you."

2023: Michelle Yeoh won her first Oscar in a white Dior gown.

Michelle Yeoh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.
Michelle Yeoh channeled an angelic goddess in white.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Feathers accented the angelic Dior Couture gown, which Yeoh shared on her Instagram story.

Yeoh paired the look with a Moussaieff diamond headband and earrings along with a Richard Mille watch.

The actor beat out nominees Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Ana de Armas, and Andrea Riseborough.

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