breakout beauty trend of the 2020 Academy Awards was also the most subtle and easily copied: black nail polish. The classic dark mani proved to be the accessory of choice for the Oscars, complementing the night's best fashion moments, from Billie Eilish's ivory Chanel suit to Janelle Monae's hooded rhinestone-encrusted Ralph Lauren gown — and, of course, Lucy Boynton's dreamy watercolor pastel Miu Miu dress at the Vanity Fair afterparty. Ahead, all the proof you need that a black mani was the night's top trend. Consider it the most affordable Oscars accessory — and ample inspiration to whip out your bottle of Essie Licorice. Zazie Beetz
star complemented her sequined strapless Thom Browne gown with a matching mani: the jet-black
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Beetz's mani came courtesy of L.A.-based nail pro
, who calls the style a "pointy French" for its angular shape.
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. More Billie Eilish
Of course, the 18-year-old "Bad Guy" singer went all-out for her first Oscars appearance. She wore head-to-toe Chanel and
upgraded her squared acrylic nails
with a glossy black finish.
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The up-close shot shows all the small details, from the star's fingerless lace gloves to the itty-bitty crystals embellishing the tip of each nail.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic. More Lucy Boynton The Bohemian Rhapsody star's choice to style her romantic pastel tulle Miu Miu gown with black nail polish made the entire ensemble that much cooler. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/WireImage. More
The tight shot shows that Boynton didn't add any frills, but stuck with a
clean and classic
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Here, you get a zoomed-in shot of Monae's mani, complete with the chicest accent: the crystal-studded
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic. More Diane Keaton
We all love a Diane Keaton fashion moment, and
her Oscars look
was no exception. What we
expect from the actress was killer manicure inspiration. But just peek at those long, shapely nails glossed with black polish — so chic.
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images. More Gal Gadot The Wonder Woman star was the picture of elegance at the Oscars, pairing her baby-pink and black lace-lined Givenchy gown with the classic beauty staples: a low chignon, red lip, and black nails. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The Oscars Beauty Looks We'll Never Forget Every Beauty Product Florence Pugh Uses The Meaning Behind America Ferrera's Oscars Look