Oscars 2021 Red Carpet: Best and worst dressed celebs at the 93rd annual Academy Awards

Red carpet glam was back Sunday at the Oscars with Andra Day and Carey Mulligan shimmering in award-worthy gold and Maria Bakalova among several stars in bright white princess gowns during the pandemic era's first big parade of fashion.

There was a strong showing of reds as well, along with belly-baring midriffs, the latter including Zendaya in standout yellow by Valentino and more than 183 carats of Bulgari diamonds from ears and neck to her fingers at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Zendaya
Zendaya

Mulligan stunned in gold Valentino couture, a midriff look with a tiny metallic top and a huge ball skirt.

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan

With nominees scattered around the world, the red carpet was far less hectic.

"Calm. If people were here they would know how absolutely ground-breaking calm is," said Viola Davis, dressed in a stunning white custom look with intricate cut-outs in a snug bodice that fell to a princess skirt.

Viola Davis
Viola Davis

The designer? "Alexander McQueen, baby," Davis told E!.

Bakalova, the breakout star of "Borat: Subsequent Movie Film," also brought princess, also in white, with a bit of subdued sparkle and a plunging neckline that fell to a tulle skirt, thanks to Louis Vuitton. She snagged a pair of stunning chandelier diamond earrings for the evening.

Bakalova
Bakalova

Regina King, who opened the show, went for light blue Louis Vuitton with winged shoulders and silver stripe embellishments.

Regina King
Regina King

"Regina King delivered the red carpet fantasy that award season viewers have been missing when she showed up in a sculptural, custom-made masterpiece from Louis Vuitton. While the baby blue color and the wing-like shoulders gave off an ethereal vibe, the modern neckline screamed high-fashion," said Irina Grechko, senior fashion editor for the millennial-focused lifestyle site Refinery29.com.

Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daniel Kaluuya, in a Bottega Veneta tux, were among many of the guys who went without ties. Ahmed was in Prada and Odom in Brioni.

Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

Reese Witherspoon got the red memo, in Dior, along with Angela Bassett in a red look with statement poofy shoulders and Chopard rubies and diamonds. Bassett's train gown was by Alberta Ferretti.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett

Presenter Laura Dern wore a look with a white feathered skirt and a black, long-sleeve mock turtleneck top.

Laura Dern
Laura Dern

Oscar performer H.E.R. made a red carpet appearance in cobalt blue custom Dundas. It included a hooded cape and a flared jumpsuit. Her round signature shades were by Bonnie Clyde.

H.E.R.
H.E.R.

Diane Warren and Odom kicked off the carpet in two trend colors: white and gold, Warren in a Valentino tuxedo white with a sequin turtleneck and Odom in a glistening gold double-breasted tux - gold shirt included.

Diane Warren
Diane Warren

"I've never been dressed by a designer before," Warren told E!. "How cool is that?" A small Swarovski frog adorned her collar.

Odom walked the carpet with spouse Nicolette Robinson. They recently welcomed a second child.

Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr.

"I am a lucky, lucky man," he said, while Robinson was grateful for no baby spit up.

Amanda Seyfried chose vibrant red from Armani Prive, her hair in an Old Hollywood side-swept updo. It was among a slew of classic princess cuts, hers a strapless look with a plunging neckline. Halle Berry was a loner in mauve, unfurling her light-as-air train on the carpet with her hair in a short crop.

Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried

New mom Emerald Fennell, best director nominee for "Promising Young Woman," smiled bright in a flowing spring green and lilac gown. Lately, she's been making up personas to match her outfits. She topped off the look with sparkly lilac eye shadow. Her look included all-over sequin embroidery and ruffle details.

Emerald Fennell
Emerald Fennell

"So tonight I am Susan your pottery teacher who has a business opportunity for you which is absolutely not a pyramid scheme," she said.

This pottery teacher wore Gucci.

Glenn Close, nominated for "Hillbilly Elegy," paired a jewel-tone blue embellished caftan from Armani Prive with dark slacks and gloves. And she, like so many others on hand, was back in heels.

Glenn Close
Glenn Close

"I'm feeling great. My shoes are comfortable. It's not two miles long so that's lovely," she said.

Other stars chose elegant black for the pandemic-era Oscars. Some were in bright oranges and pinks.

Nominee LaKeith Stanfield chose a custom black jumpsuit with a belt and wide-lapeled button-down underneath by Saint Laurent. Another statement maker among the men: Colman Domingo of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in a hot pink suit by Versace.

Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo
Photos by AFP

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