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The Best, Worst, and Most Upsetting Outfits From the Oscars

Laura Dern, Janelle Monae, Billie Eilish at the 2020 Oscars. Photo: Getty Images

After what feels like a lifetime of awards shows over the past few months, the Oscars are finally here. Yes, the season of celebrities looking pretty and accepting shiny objects came to a conclusion on Sunday night at the 92nd Academy Awards, following the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Critic’s Choice Awards, and so many others we’ve never even heard of. Did the Oscars red carpet top that internet-breaking moment between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston? Did Laura Dern finally have her fashion ah-ha moment? Is it possible that Billy Porter outdid himself? (Again?) Did Timothée Chalamet steal the show?

Below, our hyper-specific review of the 2020 Oscars red carpet.

Best Boob Armor: Billy Porter

Billy Porter wearing Giles Deacon Couture. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The harness is so last year; it’s all about the chest plate now, or “boob armor,” as we’re calling it here at the Cut. Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Zendaya wore Tom Ford’s futuristic hot-pink version recently, but Billy Porter is giving us more ancient Roman vibes with this gilded feathery top. He’s truly a red carpet phoenix, constantly rising from the ashes to the occasion.

Chillest Chanel: Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish wearing custom Chanel. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The Chanel tweed jacket is perhaps the most classic status item out there. It’s the kind of piece every rich grandmother has in her closet, made to be passed down from generation to generation. But Billie Eilish is not about following tradition, which is why her version of the Chanel tweed suit is so exciting to behold. Its classic double-C logo looks slightly burnt, as though she left it in the toaster for too long. Burn it down!!!

Best Lamp-Shade Impression: Laura Dern

Laura Dern wearing Armani. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

I love lamp? I love lamp. I LOVE LAMP! Maybe I’m just saying that though.

Most Area 51: Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae wearing custom Ralph Lauren. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Featuring over 168,000 Swarovski crystals, this custom Ralph Lauren dress can probably be seen from space. Janelle Monae always looks out of this world, but after seeing this I feel confident that she’s visited Area 51 at least once, and is now its leader. I’m ready to go; what about you?

Most Glamorous Sack: Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph wearing Valentino. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

It’s really hard to imagine a better outfit than the red Valentino turtleneck dress Maya Rudolph wore to the 2018 Oscars, but this shiny Valentino caftan is a close second. It looks so comfortable. I want it to be my apartment.

Nicest Curtains: Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig wearing Dior Haute Couture. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Why is everyone dressing like furniture? Whyyyyyyy???

Harshest Peplum Attack: The Little Women

Florence Pugh wearing Louis Vuitton and Saoirse Ronan wearing Gucci. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Help! Someone please save Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh from the peplums that have attacked their gowns! The growth must be stopped at the root!

Most Valuable Suit: Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell. Photo: (C)Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

The Irishman costume designer Sandy Powell wore a white suit signed by “almost” all the nominees. She plans to auction it off in partnership with the Art Fund to save Prospect Cottage, the former home of filmmaker Derek Jarman, who lost his life to AIDS in 1994. This is a great idea, and I miiiiiight need to steal it one day for selfish purposes.

Tiniest Shade: Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman wearing Dior Haute Couture. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Natalie Portman’s custom Dior Haute Couture gown was embroidered with the names of women who were snubbed this year. That’ll show ’em!

Coolest Shoulders: Olivia Colman

Olivia Coleman. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

It’s always great when Olivia Colman wears an outfit that makes you turn your head sideways and go, “Huh! Cool!” This Stella McCartney look not only fits her perfectly, but also has delightfully weird shoulders. And a cape!

Best Appendages: Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo. Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The fact that we can only see one of Cynthia Erivo’s legs is made up for by the fact that we can see BOTH of her arms, which look way more buff than those of Mr. Oscar himself.

Most Likely to Succeed: Beanie Feldstein

Beanie Feldstein wearing Miu Miu. Photo: (C)Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

I’m really rooting for Beanie. After seeing her at a Rachel Comey sample sale once, I can say with confidence that she is a young woman with a natural sense of style who likes to have fun with fashion. She looks lovely in this Miu Miu gown, but I hope that the next time she shows up at the Oscars, which she surely will, she takes a few more risks. Go, Beanie! Go!

Hottest Cape: Brie Larson

Brie Larson wearing Celine. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Brie Larson’s Celine gown is composed of more than 120,000 sequins, 110,000 glass beads, 13,000 Swarowski crystals, and required over 1,200 hours of hand embroidery. She looks hot and it fits her perfectly, so you could say it paid off.

Biggest ARE YOU KIDDING ME: Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet in Prada.

Timothée Chalamet had one job tonight. ONE JOB. Instead of dressing like the red-carpet king that he is and giving us an outfit that we want to run us over at top speed, he gave us Frank Ocean at the Met Gala. We know Timothée is a fan, but this is a huge letdown. He’s grounded! I’m so mad!

The Best, Worst, and Most Upsetting Outfits From the Oscars