It’s the biggest day of year in the world of cinema, as the 90th Academy Awards are here to grant our Hollywood faves their well deserved recognition. With the lack of an all-black dress code like the #TimesUp movement started during the Golden Globes, we saw vivid, bold, and exciting pops of colors and styles on the red carpet. A more lively red carpet, we’re ready to hand out /ESCAPE’s honorary Oscar for best dressed.

Who made a bold statement and who went home not feeling so beautiful? Find out as we give our faves the #SlayOrNay treatment.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer may be envious of his Call Me By Your Name co-star, Timothée Chalamet, for being nominated for Best Actor, but this red hot daddy’s the one to be envied.

Verdict: Call me whatever you want. SLAY!

Nicole Kidman

Reminiscent of the red dress Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly  disapproved of in The Devil Wears Prada, there’s no pursing of lips as Nicole Kidman sashays down the red carpet with a huge bow on her body. In fact, we absolutely love it.

Verdict: Even Miranda would smile. SLAY!

Meryl Streep

Oh dear, oh dear. What was that unspoken rule about not wearing red on red carpets? Perhaps our expectations for Meryl were far too extravagant but this simple red dress sort of disappointed. There’s always next year.

Verdict: Forgive me, Nay!

Jennifer Lawrence

I love a good washed out actress, don’t you? I’m only half kidding. With her recent works not truly shining, this bright and metallic dress clinging onto Jennifer’s “average”, as she calls it, body is simply begging for attention.

Verdict: Old news and a bore. Nay.

Verdict: Attention she wants, attention she receives. SLAY!

Emma Stone

Bless her heart. It would be rude to say she didn’t put any effort in just because she didn’t wear a dress. That’s not what we’re saying here. We simply think it could’ve been… ~more~. Next time Emma, use Emily Blunt as a peg.

Verdict: Nay. This is the Oscars, not a small charity brunch.

Emily Blunt

It’s soft, somewhat whimsical, and flows with femininity. This delicate dress with a strong touch on the shoulders shouldn’t work, but the more we look at it, the more we love it.

Verdict: Slay, fairy queen!

Gal Gadot

Why is it that Wonder Woman’s red carpet looks never inspire actual wonder? In case Gal Gadot missed it, Emma Stone basically wore the golden version of this at last year’s Academy Awards. Please do catch up.

Verdict: She does look beautiful but silver is second. Nay!

Saoirse Ronan

The three-time Oscar nominee is pretty in pink with this beautiful dress, but we hoped for something a little more daring. Her slicked back cropped hair and the solid, symmetrical form of the dress was just… a little boring.

Verdict: It’s too clean cut. NAY!

Lupita Nyong’o

Is this Lupita Nyong’o, our queen of the red carpet, or is this the queen of Wakanda? Either way, we love this shimmering gold dress with black details against her skin. She makes this look WERK.

Verdict: Wakanda foreva! Slay!

Timothée Chalamet

After the all black ensembles at the Golden Globes, perhaps this contrasting white suit is what we needed. We love Timothée. Almost outright obsessed with him, but there’s something irksome about this I can’t put a finger on.

Verdict: It’s cute. Just cute. Slay!


Did Rihanna’s Wild Thoughts or Beyoncé’s Lemonade videos come to mind? This dress, although pretty, is just in such a dull color that I really can’t appreciate her in it. The greatest showman? Not in this case she isn’t.

Verdict: You can’t rewrite the stars. NAY.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie, just like Timothée, is contrastic the black dresses past with this spotless white dress that would’ve been gorgeous without those tinsel-like things hanging around her upper body. Is it Christmas already?

Verdict: She’d slay without the tinsel, but NAY!

Matthew McConaughey

There’s something about old Matty’s face that’s got us a little uncomfortable. He just doesn’t have that Hollywood shine anymore, doesn’t he? His suit’s perfectly fine but his presence, even just in a photograph, is lacking.

Verdict: NAY! How about you freshen up?

Chadwick Boseman

Continuing to break the boundaries set in men’s fashion, Chadwick Boseman a.k.a. the king of Wakanda, impresses with this satin lapelled and floral embroidered blazer. There’s no doubt this aesthetic of his will ever mess up.

Verdict: He is my king now. SLAY!

Daniel Kaluuya

You can work the color orange like Eggsy did in the second Kingsman film, but Daniel’s take on this orange/brown/rusty blazer just didn’t pop as planned. In these cases, it’s go big or go home. He didn’t go big.

Verdict: NAY! Choose something brighter!

Taraji P. Henson

It’s sheer, it’s revealing, it’s perfect. Taraji P. Henson NAILS this look as she fluttered down the red carpet with ease. With the sexy and sophisticated look as her peg, this mama’s look is a killer.

Verdict: YAS mama! SLAY!

Lin Manuel Miranda

Like a schoolboy on a field trip, Lin Manuel Miranda once again makes his merry way down the Oscars red carpet. Too bad this time he shows up in a simple suit. After seeing the likes of Armie Hammer and Chadwick Boseman, how can we give this a slay?

Verdict: Nay! The simpleness is somewhat a bore.

Gina Rodriguez

The cutouts and embellishments are gorgeous, the color a perfect choice for her skin. The shape of it all, outstanding. But this is 2018 and that is most definitely a 2016 era sort of dress. Alas, nobody can go wrong in Zuhair Murad.

Verdict: Not a virgin anymore, right Jane? SLAY!!!

Salma Hayek

Someone help my eyes. This dress with all of its embellishments, looks as if it was taken from Game Of Thrones costume design and dyed in such an offensive-to-the-eyes shade of pink. Absolutely not.

Verdict: Shining, shimmering, NOT splendid. NAY!

Allison Janney

Now this is red done right. Please take notes, Meryl! Allison Janney’s taken home the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her work with I, Tonya, but she could very well also bring one home for best dressed.

Verdict: What a perfect Oscar accepting dress. SLAY!

Tom Holland

This young, adorable fellow’s statuesque stance may fool you into thinking he’s all work no play, but we know from Spider Man that isn’t the truth. Thank God he knows how to change it up from high school hallway to dapper on the red carpet.

Verdict: Slay me, spider boy!

Adam Rippon

He doesn’t even act, I know, but this look was too much for us to ignore. Wearing a harness to the Oscars? That’s a risky move. One that I absolutely adore. But at the end of the day, we’re watching the Academy Awards, not the Olympian’s latest BDSM video.

Verdict: This isn’t the BDSM awards. NAY!

Tiffany Haddish

Breaking out from her success on black comedy, Girl’s Trip, this queen comes to serve with this black, white, and gold ensemble. The motifs are dramatic yet kept simple on the white canvas that is her dress. And that headpiece? Winner.

Verdict: SLAY QUEEN!

Jane Fonda

Simple, elegant, a slate of white to show off her Time’s Up pin, Jane Fonda’s red carpet look is cut with sharp geometric style and rocks a strong shoulder. While she definitely works the look, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

Verdict: Nay, but only because it’s nothing special.

Jennifer Garner

Making her way through the Oscar’s in such a luscious cobalt blue dress, Jennifer Garner’s not-so-relevant status has just come to an end. This gowns loud yet cool color along with the way it flows behind her as she walks is simply stunning.

Verdict: I’m eternally at peace. SLAY!

With so many people for us to fawn over, we simply can’t put our fingers down to one best dressed person. On the male side of things, it’s a fight between CHadwick Boseman and Armie Hammer, both dapper in their stylish suits. On the women’s side, Allison Janney fights against Jennifer Garner and Nicole Kidman. But who do you think is best dressed? Tell us in the comments below!

Photos retrieved from Getty Images.