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Oscars 2024: Best and worst red carpet looks of all time, from Emma Stone to Halle Berry

Hollywood's biggest night for film is always full of iconic red carpet looks.

Stars like Angela Bassett, Marilyn Monroe and Margot Robbie have graced Oscars red carpets over the years. (Photos via Getty Images)
Stars like Angela Bassett, Marilyn Monroe and Margot Robbie have graced Oscars red carpets over the years. (Photos via Getty Images)

The 2024 Oscars are almost upon us, and some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities are getting prepped for a glamorous night to honour this year's greatest in cinematic achievements.

This year's ceremony has already seen lots of buzz: From the casts of "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie" likely to step out in full-on chic looks to celebrate their nominations, a star-studded list of presenters set to announce awards and several highly-anticipated performances, the 96th Academy Awards should be one for the books.

But with a range of celebrities expected to attend, from chart-topping singers like Ariana Grande and Bad Bunny, to A-listers including Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicolas Cage, will this year's red carpet be spot-on when it comes to the fashion? Or will a bunch of entertainment's favourite stars break the internet with head-scratching looks? We're looking back at some of the best and worst outfits to ever grace the Oscars red carpet over the years to get some insight into what to expect.


When are the 2024 Oscars?

The 2024 Oscars are set to air on Sunday, March 10 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. However, what's changing this year is the ceremony's start time, which is scheduled to start an hour earlier than usual at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

This year also presents a variety of options to watch the red carpet. But with an earlier start time for the ceremony, you should expect to see your top stars arriving a bit earlier, as well.

For a Canadian option, you can check out "Countdown to the Oscars" from "Etalk" starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on CTV. Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough will also host ABC's "The Oscars Red Carpet Show." Moreover, "Live From E!: The Oscars" will begin a bit earlier at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, hosted by Laverne Cox.

What did Yahoo readers say about last year's red carpet?

For last year's red carpet at the 95th Academy Awards, tons of stars rocked elegant looks — but several also missed the mark with their fashion. In polls asking people to vote for their best and worst looks at the 2023 Oscars, Yahoo Canada readers didn't hold back.

Amongst more than 16,000 votes in a poll for the 2023 Oscars, 32 per cent of readers voted Malala Yousafzai as the best-dressed star during the ceremony when put up against Mindy Kaling, Fan Bingbing, Michelle Williams and Sandra Oh.

BEST: Malala Yousafzai (2023)

Malala Yousafzai went full silver for the 95th Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Malala Yousafzai went full silver for the 95th Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

The activist, who attended last year's ceremony alongside her husband, Asser Malik, looked stunning in a metallic silver hooded gown by Ralph Lauren Collection. Her film "Stranger at the Gate," which she produced, had been nominated for Best Documentary Short.

On the other hand, more than 16,000 voters called out Lesley Paterson as the worst-dressed celebrity last year, making up 46 per cent of the votes over Florence Pugh, Allison Williams, Cate Blanchett and Halle Berry.

WORST: Lesley Paterson (2023)

Lesley Paterson mixed bold colours with her look for the 2023 Oscars. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
Lesley Paterson mixed bold colours with her look for the 2023 Oscars. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

The "All Quiet on the Western Front" screenwriter and Scottish triathlete turned heads with a neon yellow and pink gown at the 2023 Oscars, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

But were these some of the best and worst looks to ever be seen on an Oscars red carpet? Continue scrolling to see who we think looked the most stunning over the years — along with who should've had second thoughts about their outfits.


BEST: Emma Stone (2015)

Emma Stone looked elegant at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
Emma Stone looked elegant at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

Nominated for her first-ever Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in "Birdman" in 2015, Emma Stone — who's now up for the Best Actress award for her role as Bella Baxter in "Poor Things" — had wowed on-lookers in a long-sleeve beaded green gown from Elie Saab.

WORST: Margot Robbie (2020)

Margot Robbie brought vintage Chanel to the 92nd Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Margot Robbie brought vintage Chanel to the 92nd Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Also up for the Best Supporting Actress award in 2020 for her work in "Bombshell," Margot Robbie wore a hybrid of two gowns from the 1994 Chanel Couture runway. However, the unflattering look simply added to the long list of looks that many fans of the "Barbie" star have deemed "ugly."

BEST: Michelle Yeoh (2019)

Michelle Yeoh looked regal at the 91st Oscars in 2019. (Rick Rowell via Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh looked regal at the 91st Oscars in 2019. (Rick Rowell via Getty Images)

If you look up the definition of "elegance," Michelle Yeoh will be the first icon that comes up. But seriously, the "Everything Everywhere All at Once" star's off-the-shoulder Elie Saab gown for the 91st Oscars shined with beauty.

WORST: Uma Thurman (2004)

Uma Thurman missed the mark at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Uma Thurman missed the mark at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Uma Thurman might turn heads anywhere she goes, but for the 76th Oscars, the attention was for all the wrong reasons. The "Kill Bill" actress has cited wearing this Christian Lacroix design as her "most embarrassing experience."

BEST: Debbie Allen (1982)

Debbie Allen wore a timeless look for the Oscars in 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)
Debbie Allen wore a timeless look for the Oscars in 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Debbie Allen looked timeless at the 1982 Oscars, where the "Fame" star wore a glittering gown featuring a thigh-high slit and broad, commanding shoulders.

WORST: Jennifer Hudson (2007)

Jennifer Hudson's metallic bolero held her back on the red carpet at 2007's 79th Oscars. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Jennifer Hudson's metallic bolero held her back on the red carpet at 2007's 79th Oscars. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Jennifer Hudson didn't look her sharpest at the 79th Academy Awards. But at least the "Dreamgirls" star ditched the metallic bolero to let her Oscar de la Renta gown shine after she won Best Supporting Actress that year.

BEST: Timothée Chalamet (2022)

Timothée Chalamet proved that going shirtless can still be chic at the 94th Academy Awards 2022. (Photo credit should read P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Timothée Chalamet proved that going shirtless can still be chic at the 94th Academy Awards 2022. (Photo credit should read P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Say what you want about Timothée Chalamet, but the "Wonka" actor's shirtless Louis Vuitton look at the 94th Oscars was full-on chic. Not many stars can perfectly rock an embroidered lace tuxedo jacket with lace trim detailing, along with sharply-fitted trousers.

WORST: Timothée Chalamet (2020)

Timothée Chalamet didn't serve his best red carpet look at the 92nd Oscars in 2020. (Rick Rowell via Getty Images)
Timothée Chalamet didn't serve his best red carpet look at the 92nd Oscars in 2020. (Rick Rowell via Getty Images)

But don't get us wrong: Chalamet has had his fair share of red carpet misses. For the 92nd Oscars, the "Dune" star stepped out wearing a navy blue Prada getup that could either pass as a paramedic's uniform or a costume for the live-action version of "Paw Patrol."

BEST: Fan Bingbing (2023)

Fan Bingbing looked incredible at the 95th Academy Awards. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Fan Bingbing looked incredible at the 95th Academy Awards. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

At the 2023 Oscars, Fan Bingbing was one star who looked absolutely jaw dropping. The Chinese actress, who starred in "The 355," looked like a princess in a Tony Ward halter dress and green cape with oversized sleeves and a train.

WORST: Björk (2001)

Björk certainly stirred conversations after her red carpet appearance at the 73rd Oscars in 2001. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Björk certainly stirred conversations after her red carpet appearance at the 73rd Oscars in 2001. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Björk's "swan dress," crafted by Marjan Pejoski, is probably the most iconic look ever seen at an Oscars red carpet, but not in a good way. While walking the event, the Icelandic singer even stopped several times to "lay eggs" in front of bewildered spectators. Still, the artist leaned into the criticism, noting that her look was a joke intended to "take the piss" out of the event.

BEST: Halle Berry (2002)

Halle Berry remains an iconic star after her 2002 look at the 74th Oscars. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Halle Berry remains an iconic star after her 2002 look at the 74th Oscars. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

If you're at all familiar with the internet, it's likely you've seen the iconic clip of Halle Berry becoming the first woman of colour to win Best Actress for her work in "Monster's Ball." Wearing an intricately embroidered Elie Saab gown for the 74th Oscars, Berry looked like a winner before even stepping into the venue.

WORST: Lady Gaga (2015)

Lady Gaga must've helped the kitchen staff at the 87th Oscars before walking the red carpet in 2015. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga must've helped the kitchen staff at the 87th Oscars before walking the red carpet in 2015. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

We definitely love a major fashion moment by Lady Gaga, but her look for the 87th Oscars did not serve glamour. With a gown created by Paris-based designer Azzedine Alaia, the "House of Gucci" actress was the subject of countless memes thanks to huge red gloves that look like she just finished a shift at her dishwashing gig.

BEST: Marilyn Monroe (1951)

Marilyn Monroe looked divine at the 23rd Academy Awards. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Marilyn Monroe looked divine at the 23rd Academy Awards. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Marilyn Monroe might've only attended the Oscars once in 1951 as a presenter, but the icon looked chic that year as she chose a sultry gown by costumer Charles LeMaire.

WORST: Michelle Williams (2017)

Even Michelle Williams couldn't make a bathing suit look elegant at the 89th Oscars in 2017. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
Even Michelle Williams couldn't make a bathing suit look elegant at the 89th Oscars in 2017. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

Michelle Williams is no doubt an icon, but her 89th Oscars red carpet screams the opposite of stardom. Styled by Kate Young, the Louis Vuitton outfit makes the "Fabelmans" actress look like she ditched the beach, covering her plunging black swimsuit with the best piece of fabric she could find.

BEST: Angela Bassett (2019)

Angela Bassett was the centre of attention at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Angela Bassett was the centre of attention at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Add this stunning look to whatever makes the list of "Angela Bassett did the thing." The "Black Panther" actress stepped onto the 91st Oscars red carpet rocking a vibrant, one-shouldered fuchsia gown created by Reem Acra.

WORST: Halle Berry (2021)

Halle Berry was serving Edna Mode on the 93rd Oscars red carpet in 2021. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)
Halle Berry was serving Edna Mode on the 93rd Oscars red carpet in 2021. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)

Likened to Edna Mode from "The Incredibles" and Johnny Depp in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Halle Berry bore the brunt of many jokes at the 93rd Oscars. While the "Moonfall" star's fresh haircut was the worst part of her look, the mauve strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown was just as messy.

BEST: Lupita Nyong'o (2014)

Lupita Nyong'o looked like Cinderella at the 86th Oscars in 2014. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
Lupita Nyong'o looked like Cinderella at the 86th Oscars in 2014. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

It's too difficult to count how many times "Cinderella" has been made into a movie, but the gown Lupita Nyong'o wore at the 86th Oscars proves the world could use one more adaptation. Coloured in "Nairobi blue" to honour the city she grew up in, the "Black Panther" actress looked purely regal in Prada.

WORST: Jamie Lee Curtis (2004)

Jamie Lee Curtis was ready for a live-action film version of
Jamie Lee Curtis was ready for a live-action film version of "The Sims" at the 76th Oscars in 2004. (Photo by David LEFRANC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Jamie Lee Curtis might be "Hollywood royalty," but the "Everything Everywhere All at Once" actress is also the queen of looking like a Sim on the red carpet. Curtis's strapless blue gown for the 76th Oscars, designed by Monique L'Huillier, is all the proof that's needed.

BEST: Kodi Smit-McPhee (2022)

Kodi Smit-McPhee rocked an aquamarine tuxedo at the 94th Oscars in 2022. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images)
Kodi Smit-McPhee rocked an aquamarine tuxedo at the 94th Oscars in 2022. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images)

Kodi Smit-McPhee channelled masculine elegance at the 94th Oscars. The "Power of the Dog" actor stepped onto the red carpet wearing an aquamarine double-breasted custom tuxedo, courtesy of Bottega Veneta.

WORST: Whoopi Goldberg (1993)

Whoopi Goldberg went bright with colour during the 65th Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Whoopi Goldberg went bright with colour during the 65th Academy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Playing with camp can sometimes be fun when it comes to red carpet fashion, but Whoopi Goldberg's green and purple look for the 1993 Oscars landed her on many worst-dressed lists the following morning. Sadly, it's one that kept "The Color Purple" star from dressing up for "a very long time," according to Vanity Fair.

BEST: Lily James (2022)

Lily James mixed sexy and sweet for the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Lily James mixed sexy and sweet for the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Lily James perfectly blended Versace's sexiness with the softness of a princess at the 94th Academy Awards. On the red carpet, the "Iron Claw" star stunned wearing a baby pink flowing gown embroidered with glittering floral embellishments.

WORST: Tyra Banks (2000)

Tyra Banks failed to make purple taffeta work at the 72nd Oscars in 2000. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tyra Banks failed to make purple taffeta work at the 72nd Oscars in 2000. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Tyra Banks might've been going for an aesthetic that'd match her character in "Life-Size," but the purple taffeta on her Vera Wang gown at the 72nd Oscars was difficult to make cute.

BEST: Angelina Jolie (2004)

Angelina Jolie looked angelic at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. (Photo by Bill Davila/FilmMagic)
Angelina Jolie looked angelic at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. (Photo by Bill Davila/FilmMagic)

When you think of regal beauty, how can you not think of Angelina Jolie? For the 76th Oscars, the "Eternals" actress looked angelic wearing a satin white gown designed by Marc Bouwer.

WORST: Gwyneth Paltrow (2002)

Gwyneth Paltrow herself admitted her
Gwyneth Paltrow herself admitted her "goth" gown at the 74th Oscars in 2002 could've used some work. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

You can't blame us: Gwyneth Paltrow herself admitted her Alexander McQueen gown for the 74th Oscars was a wrong move. Writing on her website Goop in 2017, the "Iron Man" actress shared that the "goth" look had "a few issues."

BEST: Ariana DeBose (2022)

Ariana DeBose looked like the warmest star at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Ariana DeBose looked like the warmest star at the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Ariana DeBose encapsulated her entire energy into one look for the 94th Oscars. The "Wish" actress rocked a "punchy" red Valentino outfit at the event that made her beam with confidence.

WORST: Cher (1986)

Cher went bold with her porcupine look at the 58th Oscars in 1986. (Photo by LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Cher went bold with her porcupine look at the 58th Oscars in 1986. (Photo by LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Cher's revealing Bob Mackie outfit for the 58th Oscars was a bit too sharp — in all the wrong ways. The singer and actress tried channelling her inner show-girl, but the all-black look skewed too far into porcupine region.

BEST: Tems (2023)

Tems looked angelic at the 2023 Oscars, but also went viral for this view-obstructing gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Tems looked angelic at the 2023 Oscars, but also went viral for this view-obstructing gown. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Last year, singer Tems — who was nominated for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" track song "Life Me Up" — looked like an angelic cloud in a white Lever Couture gown. However, the Nigerian artist went viral last year, with many people calling out the gorgeous look as "view obstructing."

WORST: Barbra Streisand (1969)

Barbra Streisand experienced a wardrobe malfunction at the 1969 Oscars. (Photos by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection and Bettmann via Getty Images)
Barbra Streisand experienced a wardrobe malfunction at the 1969 Oscars. (Photos by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection and Bettmann via Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand might've won her Oscar for "Funny Girl" in 1969, but the event didn't come without a wardrobe malfunction that leaves the actress "still horrified."

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