Oscars 2021 Red Carpet Highlights — Best and Worst Dressed Celebrities of the Night

Only 170 celebrities were present at the Oscars 2021, and some of them put on outfits that will remain in people’s memories for a long time – for the right and wrong reasons.

Each year, most of us wait for the Academy Awards to see our favorite celebrities together under the same roof. For this year’s ceremony, things had to be different due to the pandemic.

Still, the 170 artists invited dressed to impress. Some received nothing but praise for their ensembles. Some did not. Read on to see the best and worst dressed at the Oscars 2021.

BEST DRESSED: ZENDAYA

“Malcolm & Marie” star Zendaya is used to wowing everyone whenever she attends a red-carpet event, and her yellow custom Valentino cutout gown didn’t let anyone down this year.

If her beautiful dress was not enough to attract all the attention, the “Euphoria” actress also wore Jimmy Choo heels and Bulgari jewelry valued at over $6 million.

H.E.R.

Singer-songwriter H.E.R., who attended the Academy Awards for the first time in her career, chose a Prince-inspired cobalt blue hooded cape and a matching halter jumpsuit designed by Peter Dundas.

One of the most striking aspects of her outfit was that her cape included the lyrics of her song “Fight for You.” It appeared in the film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and it won H.E.R. her first Oscar.

REGINA KING

The “If Beale Street Could Talk” star Regina King definitely stole the spotlight with her record-breaking Louis Vuitton gown that took 140 hours to craft.

It features 62,000 sequins, over 8,000 sparkling stones in pale and dark tones, and 80 meters of chain stitching. According to King’s stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, keeping the “element of fantasy” was paramount.

Andra Day at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on April 25, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

Andra Day at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on April 25, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

ANDRA DAY

Actress Andra Day went to the Oscars 2021, ready to turn heads in her gold custom Vera Wang dress that features a large cutout and a side slit.

Day, nominated for Best Actress for her performance in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” gave her outfit that final chic touch with Tiffany & Co. jewels, gold high-heels, and a matching clutch.

[Viola Davis’] white Alexander McQueen dress got mixed reviews.

MARGOT ROBBIE

It was the third time Margot Robbie was nominated for an Oscar, but the first as a producer. While her film “Promising Young Woman” didn’t take the Best Picture award, Robbie is definitely among the Oscars 2021 best dressed.

She opted for a black, sleeveless Chanel Haute Couture mermaid dress in a silver-foiled floral design. The actress admitted that when she’s wearing Chanel, it “always feels like a special moment.”

Carey Mulligan at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Carey Mulligan at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

CAREY MULLIGAN

Another actress who attracted a lot of attention during the red-carpet event was Carey Mulligan. She put on a gold Valentino Couture crop-top and skirt that put much of her upper body on display.

Mulligan, nominated for Best Actress for “Promising Young Woman,” kept her hair up, put on Sophia Webster heels, and chose Cartier jewelry. Her husband, Marcus Mumford, was by her side the entire night.

ANGELA BASSETT

“Black Panther” actress Angela Bassett made a statement with her custom crimson Alberta Ferretti off-the-shoulder gown that featured puff-sleeves, a high slit, and a long train.

Bassett opted for Christian Louboutin heels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and Chopard jewelry as per the accessories. Although the actress was not nominated for an Oscar, she’s been busy with the procedural TV show “9-1-1.”

Viola Davis at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 | Photo: Getty Images

Viola Davis at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 | Photo: Getty Images

WORST DRESSED: VIOLA DAVIS

Viola Davis was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but her white Alexander McQueen dress got mixed reviews.

The upper section of her gown featured a cutout bodice design, while the lower part was relatively simple. She accessorized her outfit with Forevermark diamond drop earrings and kept her makeup natural.

LAURA DERN

Wearing feathered dresses is a hit or miss, and in Laura Dern’s case, it was the latter. The actress opted for an Oscar de la Renta piece that featured a full skirt and a long-sleeved turtleneck top.

Dern, who took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe last year for “Marriage Story,” presented the Best Supporting Actor award to Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Glenn Close attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Glenn Close attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

GLENN CLOSE

For the Academy Awards 2021, Glenn Close opted for a Giorgio Armani blue long-sleeved tunic embellished with crystals in a geometric pattern. She also put on blue silk cigarette pants and matching evening gloves.

Close was nominated for her emotional role in “Hillbilly Elegy” but lost to Youn Yuh-jung’s performance in “Minari.” Still, Glenn Close stole the show when she showed off her dance moves to “Da Butt.”

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