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From Regina King to Awkwafina the 2019 Oscars red carpet is all about power dressing.
By
Caitlin Chang

25 Feb 2019 - 11:34 AM  UPDATED 25 Feb 2019 - 11:53 AM

Look, it's going to be very hard to beat Billy Porter's red carpet appearance, but there are a number of Hollywood stars giving the Pose actor a run for his money. From sequinned suits, regal gowns to capes and old-world glamour, it seems this year's Oscars red carpet is all about power dressing. 

 

Constance Wu

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu is showing her range here. Yes, she shone in a ruffled blue Marchesa gown, but this custom made Versace marigold number is pure sunshine. 

 

Regina King

The relaxed hair, the effortlessly draped strapless gown. The Best Supporting Actress nominee looks at ease in this Oscar de la Renta gown. 

"We wanted to make sure we captured exactly how Regina wants to feel on the red carpet,” designer Wayman Bannerman told Vogue. “To create something timeless yet modern… with an air of coolness… and also a jolly spirit.” 

Yalitza Aparicio 

The Roma star has made her red carpet debut in a teal chiffon dress by Rodarte. Aparicio has made history with her nomination, as the first Mexican indigenous woman to receive a Best Actress nomination. 

 

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh looks like actual royalty in this Ellie Saab gown. While she left the famous ring from Crazy Rich Asians at home, this sparkling number more than made up for it. What a queen. 

 

Awkwafina

Awkwafina was never going to disappoint with her Oscars look and this metallic, dusk-pink suit was a timely reminder that she is way cooler than I will ever be. 

Henry Golding 

Move over Gatsby. Henry Golding's old-world glamour is ripe for a cocktail party with West Egg's well-to-do crowd. This look cements Golding's leading man status. Swoon. 

Melissa McCarthy

It's really fitting that Melissa McCarthy is wearing a cape because she is a Hollywood superhero. She runs her own production company with husband Ben Falcone, has her own clothing line and is nominated for Best Actress for Can You Ever Forgive Me?  Seriously, what can't she do?

Cate Blanchett

It's a shame our Cate isn't nominated for an award this year because this gown is a winner's dress. 

Marie Kondo

It's the tidy-up queen's first time at the Oscars, and this Jenny Packham gown is definitely sparking joy. She looks relaxed and like a woman who has life (and a messy house) figured out. 

Gemma Chan

Crazy Rich Asians actress Chan has gone for comfort. It's effortlessly chic. Plus, pockets. 

Amy Poehler

This tuxedo shows that Poehler means business. The relaxed hair and the black liner, Poehler looks so cool, and like she doesn't really care what you think of her red carpet look (and I mean that in a good way!)

Chadwick Boseman

Who needs a vibranium suit when you've got sequins? The Black Panther star usually shuns a straight suit and tie on the red carpet and this sparkly suit with floor length tails is no exception. 

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