If you’ve made it this far in red carpet season, you know this weekend means one thing: the Oscars. Arguably the biggest night in movies, the 95th annual Academy Awards has brought nominees (Michelle Yeoh, Paul Mescal, Stephanie Hsu, Brendan Fraser and, of course, our patron saint Rihanna) and presenters (Ariana De Bose, Johnathan Majors, Pedro Pascal) to the red carpet outside of the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for some pre-show entertainment. To see all the looks, scroll below and if you want to read more about the Oscars this year, right this way.
This year, for the first time since 1961, the carpet outside of the Oscars is not red. So what color will the carpet be? “Champagne.” Oscars creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila chose the color to make the transition from daytime carpet arrivals to an evening event more seamless. The creative duo also decided to cover the carpet with a tent this year to help shield stars from the daytime weather and create more of an evening ambience.
Host Jimmy Kimmel had another theory about the carpet-color change. “People have been asking if there’s going to be any trouble this year. I certainly hope not. But if there is, I think the decision to go with a Champagne carpet rather than a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed,” he told Hollywood Reporter at the unveiling of the carpet at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood earlier this week.