9 Looks That Won the Academy Awards

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Rachael Burrow
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The 93rd Academy Awards may have looked a little different this year, thanks to the pandemic: It was hosted at Los Angeles's Union Station and the crowds were much smaller and the ceremony more intimate, and while most nominees and guests attended in person, some were present via video stream. But what didn't change: Thankfully, the magic that always graces the red carpet and was in full force for this year's starlets.

After a long and trying year for so many, we are all ready to have an occasion to dress up and pull out our best, and this year's event was transporting in that regard. What better way to fantasize about a time when we can do just that than watching the haute couture gowns and amazing jewelry being paraded down the red carpet? The homage to old-school glamour—always top-of-mind for this award show in particular—was alive and well and a welcome sight, like with Carey Mulligan's shimmering creation and several newcomers' debuts (hello, Fatima Farheen Mirza!). Here, VERANDA's best looks from last night's festivities.

Carey Mulligan

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Carey Mulligan, nominated for her role in Promising Young Woman, glittered in a haute couture Valentino gown. The gold two-piece design recalled classic sophistication of starlets from the 1940s and '50s and made quite a statement on the red carpet. Mulligan and her stylist, Nicky Yates, completed the look with gold jewelry designed by Cartier.

Regina King

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Regina King, who delivered the opening remarks and presented the first award for the event and was also in attendance for nominations for her directorial debut with One Night in Miami, wore a gown designed by Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. The duchess satin dress is a true testament to the artisans who made it: It took over 140 hours and boasts 62,000 sequins, 8,400 stones, and almost 87 yards of chain stitching.

Amanda Seyfried

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Amanda Seyfried, nominated for her role in Mank, stunned in a pleated gown designed by Giorgio Armani himself for this year's Academy Awards. The thrilling red strapless number, inspired by the hibiscus flower, featured a dramatic V neckline along with a flared skirt and harkened back to Old Hollywood style, true to Seyfried's red carpet style.

Maria Bakalova

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The Bulgarian actress, who received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, also wore a Louis Vuitton gown that was soft and romantic. Several layers of the tulle skirt were encrusted with hand-sewn beads and crystals, giving it an ethereal look that was perfect for a dreamy evening in Hollywood.

Halle Berry

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A vision in a floating raspberry-pink custom creation designed by Dolce & Gabbana, Halle Berry juxtaposed the feminine strapless chiffon gown with a new asymmetrical bob. A deep sweetheart neckline and oversize, relaxed bow added to the drama.

Laura Dern

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Laura Dern commanded attention in a beautiful long-sleeve Oscar de la Renta gown with its train decorated in a cacophony of ostrich feathers. Her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, finished the look with long diamond pavé drop earrings and several bracelets from the iconic Milanese jewelry house Pomellato.

Angela Bassett

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Hello, red: Angela Bassett, the What's Love Got to Do with It star, never disappoints with her award show looks, and this year's Academy Awards was no exception. The fire engine–red gown, designed by Alberta Ferretti, delivered with its oversize sleeves and glamorous train.

Fatima Farheen Mirza

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Joining her husband, Riz Ahmed, who was nominated for his role in Sound of Metal, Fatima Farheen Mirza a gorgeous pale blue Valentino haute couture gown, while Ahmed looked dashing in a Prada suit. The New York Times best-selling author gracefully rocked her first red carpet.

Yuh-Jung Youn

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Yuh-Jung Youn, the winner of Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari and the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award, delivered a charming acceptance speech while wearing a navy quilted gown by the Dubai-based Marmar Halim and accessorized with jewelry by Chopard and a Roger Vivier clutch.

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