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The Oscars red carpet led by Ruth Negga and Emma Stone

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/27/2017 By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone introduce a performance at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone introduce a performance at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

And the red carpet goes to ... the women in red, for one, with equal accolades for shiny and shimmery gold worthy of the Oscars, this and all years.

Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone introduce a performance at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone introduce a performance at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Long sleeves and belts played major roles Sunday in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre, along with a beautiful Janelle Monae, transformed in Elie Saab Haute Couture into a busy but fabulous fashion city of black tulle, birds, lace, feathers, sequins, crystal stones and a head piece that served as the perfect topper.

Ruth Negga, wearing the ACLU ribbon, arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ruth Negga, wearing the ACLU ribbon, arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

There were some midnight blues, including Meryl Streep's sparkly Elie Saab with trousers, and a smattering of blah black. Among the night's trends were velvet, worn Old Hollywood style by Henson, Brie Larson and Michelle Williams, and metallics, including a fierce Charlize Theron, Emma Stone and Jessica Biel.

Janelle Monae, from left, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer present the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Janelle Monae, from left, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer present the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

All in all, the clunkers were few.

Javier Bardem, left, and Meryl Streep present the award for best cinematography at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Javier Bardem, left, and Meryl Streep present the award for best cinematography at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Some highlights:

Brie Larson arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brie Larson arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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Justin Timberlake, left, and Jessica Biel arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Justin Timberlake, left, and Jessica Biel arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

THE REDS

Charlize Theron, left, and Shirley MacLaine present the award for best foreign language film at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Charlize Theron, left, and Shirley MacLaine present the award for best foreign language film at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Viola Davis rocked the color as she picked up a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Fences." She wore silk Armani Prive in vermillion, with the perfect halter neck falling into a pleated capelet effect off the shoulders. Her short hair with bangs swept to one side let the dress shine and she kept jewelry to a minimum.

Viola Davis poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Viola Davis poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It was a perfect shade of red on her," said Adam Glassman, creative director for O magazine and a special correspondent for Extra TV. "The color red was a symbol of hope and optimism. We are living in dark times, and perhaps by choosing red she is symbolizing HOPE. The gown was sensual and elegant at the same time. The draped capelet detail was so flattering on her. Her body looked amazing in it. It was stylish without trying too hard."

Amy Adams appears backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Adams appears backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Ruth Negga wore her red Valentino Haute Couture by Pierpaolo Piccioli with a blue ACLU ribbon and Irene Neuwirth jewelry featuring Gemfields responsibly sourced Mozambican rubies. Her jewels included a head piece not all could pull off, but she did so effortlessly. The gown included a high lace collar and skimmed the ground, her makeup a perfect match on eyelids and lips.

Viola Davis poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Viola Davis poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"It proves you don't have to be plungy and show lots of excess flesh to look sexy and beautiful," said Avril Graham, the executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper's Bazaar U.S. "The fact that she wore those rubies played into that sustainable trend and were a great modern take."

David Wasco, right, winner of the award for best production design for "La La Land," poses in the press room with Dakota Johnson at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press David Wasco, right, winner of the award for best production design for "La La Land," poses in the press room with Dakota Johnson at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Auli'i Cravalho, at 16, killed her first Oscars performance, singing "How Far I'll go" from "Moana" in, yes, another standout red gown.

Nicole Kidman, from left, Sue Brierley, and Keith Urban speak in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nicole Kidman, from left, Sue Brierley, and Keith Urban speak in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Hailee Steinfeld, left, is interviewed by Mario Lopez at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hailee Steinfeld, left, is interviewed by Mario Lopez at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)

THE GOLDS

Kirsten Dunst arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kirsten Dunst arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Stone led the pack in a custom Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci. It was a long dress in all-over embroidered nude lace with fishnet detailing and gold and bronze crystals. It had tiers of fringe that lent a tad of flapper without going overboard. Her red lip color and swingy, matching earrings from Tiffany and Co. went a long way.

Isabelle Huppert arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Isabelle Huppert arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

She was "finished with Old Hollywood worthy waves," said Kerry Pieri, the digital fashion and features director for Harper's Bazaar. "This was glamour at its best, finished with a subtle Planned Parenthood pin."

Halle Berry presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Halle Berry presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dakota Johnson took one of the night's biggest risks. She wore a long-sleeve, strong-shouldered sweeping silk gown with a waist tie. The dress was Gucci and paired with a vintage Cartier necklace. "And it paid off," Pieri said.

Amy Adams presents the award for best adapted screenplay at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Adams presents the award for best adapted screenplay at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Gold turned Champagne hewed on Nicole Kidman, in Armani Prive, and Felicity Jones, in princessy Dior Haute Couture. Amy Adams wore plunging metallic silver as a presenter, courtesy of Tom Ford. It was embroidered with silver bugle beads, had long sleeves and was cut wide open nearly to her waist.

Joanna Natasegara, second from left, and Orlando von Einsiedel, winners of the award for for best documentary short subject for "The White Helmets", pose in the press room with David Oyelowo, left, and Salma Hayek, right, at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Joanna Natasegara, second from left, and Orlando von Einsiedel, winners of the award for for best documentary short subject for "The White Helmets", pose in the press room with David Oyelowo, left, and Salma Hayek, right, at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Theron, Graham said, "knocked it out of the water, as always. The metallic moment was amazing."

Salma Hayek, left, helps with the dress of Joanna Natasegara, winner of the award for for best documentary short subject for "The White Helmets," in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Salma Hayek, left, helps with the dress of Joanna Natasegara, winner of the award for for best documentary short subject for "The White Helmets," in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Theron was "Grecian Goddess meets Glamazon" in her pleated Dior Haute Couture that plunged at the neck and was set free to flow below the waist, Glassman said. And that's not a bad thing.

"Charlize OWNS the red carpet," he said.

Fashion and style expert Hal Rubenstein found Theron's huge Chopard drop earrings in connecting pear and heart shapes distracting, and the dress a little much.

"There was almost six yards too much fabric in that dress," he said. "It's impossible for her to look bad but that was an awful lot of dress and an awful lot of jewelry."

Jessica Biel was the definition of gold statuesque in a KaufmanFranco gown that hugged her body and included a metallic fringe-looking collar and liquidy train.

"She really scored well. It was cut really vavoom and close to show off her figure," Graham said. "This was not frothy. This was a way of wearing metallics and sequins and embellishment in a contemporary way."

Stone was on top of Rubenstein's best-dressed list.

"For me it's not about this being a fashion show. It's about celebrating the movies and who looks like a movie star. They should look like Lauren Bacall and Lana Turner and people like that," he said. "Emma looked the most like that. She looked sexy without being overt or redundant or trashy."

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THE CONFECTIONS

Hailee Steinfeld pulled one off. It was sheer white with back pleating and huge red and purple and blush floral embellishment. It had a heavy train and a dainty belt. It had a high collar. It was by Ralph & Russo, and it was one of those young-girl coups that might not have worked otherwise, not unlike Dakota Johnson's look.

Speaking of confections, but with a fierce bite, Monae made her usual fierce fashion statement in Elie Saab Haute Couture. Her Forevermark jewels were valued by the company at $1.5 million and included multiple diamond rings.

"It wasn't my favorite. I always like sleek lines," Graham said of Monae.

Kirsten Dunst looked a bit swallowed-up by her black Dior Haute Couture. She was strapless with a corseted bodice and asymmetric hem that fell at the ankle at the front with a voluminous train behind.

"It was big, black, wide, sort of 18th century," Graham said. "I just didn't like the proportions."

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JUST TARAJI

Henson, a co-star with Monae in "Hidden Figures," earned praise from many for her deep navy blue Alberta Ferretti. It fell off the shoulder and her Nirov Modi diamond necklace pointed the way to ample decolletage. Henson left her hair loose with a sexy side part.

"From head to toe she was sophisticated, elegant and glamorous," Glassman said. "The neckline was perfect for the Academy Awards. The navy velvet was so on point for the season and her hair was soft and cool. It was a modern take on the Old Hollywood look. Every detail worked on her."

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