The 89th annual Academy Awards—held Sunday evening in Los Angeles—were anything but predictable, with the most shocking ending ever, when La La Land was mistakenly named as best picture instead of true winner Moonlight.
And while many might have been watching the show to see whether politics took center stage (it did not), we were watching, as usual, to see how the stars were dressed and accessorized.
The gowns tended toward neutral and metallic palettes, with a few bright pops of color here and there. Makeup trends included smoky eyes, glowing skin and perfectly defined red or pink lips. And the stars’ hair fell into several trending categories, from Old Hollywood glamour to chic modern styles.
Here is our report on our favorite hair, makeup and fashion looks of the evening.
Pompadour-inspired styles on Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.
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Perennial best-dressed actresses Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson—who were on the scene as award presenters—wore their hair in a feminine version of the pompadour, with slightly different twists.
Charlize’s blonde locks were styled in a low ponytail with her fringe swept up and over to one side. Her makeup was comparatively subdued, to let her gold lame, V-neck gown by Dior and statement diamond earrings from Chopard do the talking.
Scarlett floated on a semi-sheer, sleeveless pink-and-purple printed gown from cult designer Azzedine Alaia, with pink lips to match. Her edgy cut—super-short at the nape, with the length on top styled into a curly pompadour—showed off the earrings and ear cuffs along her left ear.
Super-short hair on Viola Davis and Michelle Williams.
Several starts showed up with new, shorter hairstyles, including Viola Davis and Michelle Williams.
Giving perhaps the best speech of the night when accepting her supporting actress award for her role in Fences, Viola wowed from head to toe, starting with her cherry red Armani Prive off-the shoulder number with a flowing train. Her newly shorn, highlighted locks were worn with a sweeping fringe. Nude lipstick, extra-long lashes and red-jeweled ear climber earrings by Niwaka completed the look.
Michelle, a nominee in the same category (Manchester by the Sea), has claimed the pixie cut as her own. In fact, we recently lauded her look at the SAG Awards. But Michelle has upped the stakes with her latest version, a super-short platinum pixie that recalls the gamine days of a young Mia Farrow. She wore a custom-designed dress from Louis Vuitton, featuring a plunging black velvet halter and embroidered cream skirt, with simple diamond stud earrings and matching bracelet.
Style tip: To pull off Michelle’s look, it’s best to have dainty feature and a small frame. Frequent trims are necessary, as is keeping the hair healthy with the aid of Keratin Complex shampoos and conditioners.
Sparkly hairpiece on Salma Hayek; big hair on Halle Berry.
Sparkly hair accessories continue to be a popular choice for the stars, and the Oscars had several gorgeous examples. These included an ethically-sourced ruby tiara on lead actress nominee Ruth Negga (Loving) to match her bright red Valentino gown; and presenter Salma Hayek’s crystal headband, worn with long, loose waves and chandelier earrings from Fred Leighton (along with a filmy, figure-hugging black dress by Alexander McQueen).
Janelle Monae (who starred in two best-picture contenders, Hidden Figures and Moonlight) wore a jeweled hairband on her brand-new pixie cut (short-hair trend alert!), along with a fairy-tale gown by Elie Saab that featured black tulle set with stones, crystals, feathers, and silver and gold beads. It all added up to one of the evening’s most dramatic looks.
While the above stars chose statement accessories, beauty icon Halle Berry chose statement hair. Berry, a presenter and past best actress winner (2001’s Monster’s Ball) sported a very curly, very large, asymmetrical ‘fro with dimensional caramel highlights. She kept her makeup simple, and wore diamond drop earrings from Forevermark. Her sweeping, sparkly, one-shoulder, blush-and-black gown was from Atelier Versace.
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Facial hair on Ryan Gosling, Mahershala Ali and Chris Evans.
We mustn’t forget the male contingent. In keeping with the ongoing craze for facial hair, many of the stars at Sunday’s festivities sported beards, goatees, mustaches and the like.
These included Ryan Gosling (best actor nominee for La La Land), in a dark Gucci tuxedo and black bow tie, with a retro ruffled white-and-black shirt by Anto Shirt. His short beard-and-‘stache combo showed off his handsome face to perfection.
Mahershala Ali, who nabbed the supporting actor trophy for his work in Moonlight, was on-trend with a fade haircut and small goatee and mustache. He wore an all-black ensemble consisting of an Ermenegildo Zegna Couture tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and pocket square with Monique Pean Homme shirt studs.
And presenter Chris Evans went bold with a bright blue tux from Ferragamo, set off by black lapels and a bow tie. The actor’s facial hair was among the most abundant of the night, with trimmed whiskers and thick mustache.
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