Oscars red carpet 2018: The best (and worst) looks | Elizabeth Wellington

It was quite the glamorous night for women over 40 at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Talk about stunning.

Jane Fonda looked beyond amazing in a white column gown, frosted hair and tasteful cleavage. And did we mention that she is 80? Yes, 80. Such ladies as Laura Dern and Taraji P. Henson rocked dramatic sleeves, while Rita Moreno wore the same dress she donned to pick up her Oscar in 1962 (with a few modifications).

And Viola Davis? Oh, Viola, you continue to keep it fashion-forward with fantastic pops of color. The hot-pink Michael Kors you chose for Sunday night? Phenomenal.

While women over 40 stood firm in their well-dressed truths, white was clearly the color of the night. Perhaps it was a way to lighten up the seriousness of the season. Still, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements still had a presence on the red carpet, from the absence of Harvey Weinstein to the new sexual harassment allegations made against E!’s top host Ryan Seacrest.

Mary J. Blige was looking slim and trim in crisp Versace. The men even got in the act: Jordan Peele donned a white smoking jacket and 22-year-old Timothée Chalamet was quite impressionable in his head-to-toe white suit. Scrumptious, if I do say so myself. (Speaking of men, Chadwick Boseman channeled his inner King T’Challa in black. Fashionably speaking, he was winner.)

Those who didn’t get the white memo decided to sparkle.

Lupita Nyong’o glistened in gold-and-black Versace. Jennifer Lawrence and Gal Gadot illuminated in gunmetal hues.

And then there were the ridiculous: Whoopi Goldberg’s intentions were good. She wore her floral gown to raise awareness of people living with HIV. Tiffany Haddish nobly chose an Eritrean gown in memory of her dad, but the look fell flat. Scranton-raised Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon added a harness to his outfit. While critics loved Nicole Kidman’s blue gown, I couldn’t find her. The dress swallowed her.

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney

Allison Janney’s early arrival on the red carpet in a sleeved, body-skimming red gown is an early dose of Oscar night perfection. But, my fashion friends, that is not a cape — they are dramatic sleeves. However you slice it, it’s still fabulous.

Allison Williams

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Allison Williams

The princess gown – whether capped sleeved, or sleeveless – is always a winner on the red carpet. Allison Williams — in Armani Prive — is sugarplum-fairy fierce in this glittery, blush-pink gown.

Eiza Gonzalez

Banana-yellow tubular gowns. Serious cutouts. Crazy bold lip. Surprisingly, this look completely works.

Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda

Wow! Jane Fonda, wearing 44 Francois Premier collection with Chopard jewelry. Just wow. Bright, white fabulousness. And she’s 80! I repeat, she’s 80!

Rita Moreno

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Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno took vintage a step further wearing the same exact dress – glittery obi and all – that she donned back in 1962, the same year she won the best supporting actress Oscar for West Side Story, proving that recycling is always on trend.

Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige, in Versace, cut a sweet Oscar-like silhouette in a white gown with a glittering bodice that fit her to an absolute T. And it doesn’t even look like she’s holding her breath.

Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, in Gucci, has enough glitter, jewels, and tiers on that gown to outfit an entire palace.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson continues to be my BFF in my head, and she kills it in this custom Vera Wang gown. It’s sexy. It’s fun. And the sleeves are full of flyaway drama. #winner.

Adam Rippon

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Adam Rippon

Figure skater Adam Rippon, who hails from Scranton, is absolutely ridiculous in this Moschino suit complete with harness. Why, just why?

Tiffany Haddish

Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish decided to go with an authentic Eritrean princess gown – she’s half Eritrean. Odd choice, but she wore it in memory of her dad, who died in 2017. We don’t have to like it, but we need to respect it.

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick Boseman arrived on the red carpet complete with mohawk and cloaked in Black Panther exquisiteness

Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi Goldberg

Her loud, floral, off-the-shoulder-gown will definitely land Whoopi Goldberg squarely in this year’s worst-dressed category. But she chose it to raise awareness for people living with HIV, so the intentions were good.

Viola Davis

Nobody shakes it up on Hollywood red carpets like Viola Davis. This hot-pink sleeveless gown by Michael Kors is really just about everything. And the hoop earrings and fluffy ponytail. Talk about glam around the way girl!

Laura Dern

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Laura Dern

Laura Dern masters cold-shoulder chic in this flouncy Calvin Klein by Appointment, It’s quiet, but head-turning.

Nicole Kidman

The navy blue is regal. You can’t miss the bow, and the tailoring is impeccable, but Nicole Kidman is completely swallowed in way too much of a gown.

Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira

Lupita Nyong’o is taking her role as the future queen of Wakanda seriously in this golden Versace. Next to her, Danai Gurira manages to make her millennial pink gown look regal.

Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie plays it smart and beautiful in Chanel. And we’d expect nothing less as she’s the new face of the storied French fashion house.

Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock, in Louis Vuitton, nailed it (as always) in a shimmery black-and-gold ombre gown.

Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig opted for a mustard Rodarte gown. Despite the bold hue, the crystals gave her overall look quite the soft touch.