On Sunday, the stars were not confused.
As the stars poured into the Dolby Theater, a few trends appeared: lots of white, silver, and colored dresses; loose and wavy hair; tail clothing; and the touch of the color of the wicked.
Here are some key looks from the Oscars red carpet;
For the first time in decades, the directors of the Oscar ceremony changed the red carpet to a champagne-toned one. And he answered by bringing the stars and airy lightness of clothes, many white, champagne or silver.
Michelle Yeoh, star of the wacky sci-fi comedy “Everywhere at Once,” rocked out in a purple Dior gown with no white feather sleeves, loose and wavy hair and a bejeweled lace top.
“This was the perfect opportunity to show that moms are superheroes,” Yeoh told ABC about the film, in which he plays a troubled laundromat owner who suddenly discovers the existence of parallels.
Jamie Lee Curtis, best supporting actress Oscar winner for her work opposite Yeoh, wore an elegant, sleek Dolce & Gabbana gown that perfectly complimented her short white hair.
Cuban-American Ana de Armas also stood out in a mermaid-style gray dress, while American singer of Colombian descent Sofia Carson wore a white dress by Giambattista Valli.
Nobel Peace Prize and Laureate Malala Yousafzai, creator of the Oscar-nominated short story “Pilgrims at the Gate,” wore a stunning silver sequined Ralph Lauren gown with a plunging neckline.
Pink, purple, yellow: Curtis was nominated in the best actress category, and brought a bow of school colors at the Academy Awards.
Angela Bassett, Queen Ramonda in “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternal” wore an amethyst Moschino gown with a plunging neckline, train … and lots of diamonds.
Hong Chau, who earned a nomination for her work opposite Brendan Fraser in “The Whale,” oozed sophistication in a pink cotton-sleeve Candy Prada dress with a mandarin collar and unusual black fringed train.
Stephanie Hsu, who plays Yeoh’s daughter in “All Together,” stood out in a bubblegum pink Valentino gown with a full fringe and a flowing wave hairstyle.
Irish actress Kerry Condon, who starred alongside Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in “Spirit of the Isles,” wore an off-the-shoulder lemon yellow Versace gown with a train, a definite Oscar nod.
They do it too
For years, men in Hollywood were limited to wearing the traditional tuxedo on the red carpet. But no more.
“Everything Together Everywhere” star Harry Shum Jr embraced his Asian heritage in a white tuxedo with dark piping and a matching belt.
And for his Glee fans, he did a little dance on the red carpet.
And “Elvis” star Austin Butler dons a Saint Laurent tuxedo fit for a king, though it’s a little more traditional than his other awards season looks.