Oscar-nominated 'Loving' actress Ruth Negga is the best-dressed woman in Hollywood. Here's proof.

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Ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards, plenty of people will have their eye on already certified red-carpet staples like Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Viola Davis. After all, they're veterans of the Oscars ceremony, turning out in sweeping and elegant gowns time and time again. 

But if you're only looking out for those women, you could very well be missing out on the single most interesting dresser the 2017 Oscars has to offer — a woman who's just now making her Oscars red-carpet debut but who's already been quietly killing the fashion game at every turn. 

A woman by the name of Ruth Negga. 

For us, it was the 2017 Golden Globes where Negga cemented her status as a woman to whom we should absolutely pay attention. She showed up there in a slinky silver-and-gold Louis Vuitton dress that made her look like Betty Boop from the year 2050. 

Ruth Negga arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8.
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Ruth Negga arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8.
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With her hair in 1920s ringlets and her eyes lined just right, plenty of people saw the event as Negga's coming-out as a fashion icon, someone who doesn't opt for a conventionally pretty dress. 

The look was interesting, and for a woman who's relatively new to these sorts of award shows, it paid off. 

But even before that red-carpet appearance, Negga seemed to have her eyes set on a certain charming yet eccentric aesthetic, with plenty of sparkles and ruffles and dresses that make you think: "Who's that woman?" 

One example is Negga's appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, during which she was promoting her Oscar-nominated film Loving. She arrived in a glittery pleated dress by Suno with just a hint of animal print. 

Actress Ruth Negga attends the 'Loving' photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.
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Later on the Cannes red carpet, she stunned in a black lace Marc Jacobs

Director Jeff Nichols, actress Ruth Negga and actor Joel Edgerton arrive for the 'Loving' screening at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.
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It seems Negga just has a knack for wearing unusual but always beautiful  outfits that make you want to know more about her. It's something no other actress right now is really capable of. 

Maybe it stems from Negga always looking like she's having a blast — like in July, when she wore pants covered in cat faces. 

Actors Graham McTavish, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun attend San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
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Or in October, when she wore a Dolce & Gabbana cat dress to a press conference for Loving.

Ruth Negga attends a press conference for 'Loving' in October 2016.
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Negga obviously doesn't take herself — or what she wears — too seriously, and that's what makes it so fun to see what she wears to awards shows, which are typically full of pretty, stuffy people who yearn for dresses that are, above all else, photogenic. 

Throughout fall 2016, as she was actively promoting Loving, Negga had a heroic streak of stunning dresses only she could pull off — like this champagne velvet Valentino dress to the opening of a Cartier store in New York City. 

Actress Ruth Negga attends the Cartier Fifth Avenue Grand Reopening Event at the Cartier Mansion in September 2016.
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And this bright-green Prada dress with sparkles she wore to People's "Ones to Watch" event in October. 

Actress Ruth Negga attends 'People's "Ones to Watch" event in October 2016 in Hollywood.
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And this black Gucci gown with snake stitching to the Governors Awards. 

Ruth Negga arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards in November 2016 in Los Angeles.
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And this hot-pink floral Valentino dress with velvet accents to a Hollywood Foreign Press party. 

Actress Ruth Negga arrives at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle party in November 2016 in West Hollywood.
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Negga was at it again during the lead-up to the Oscars, wearing a silver-and-blue sequined skirt with a matching crop top by Erdem to a Variety brunch. 

Actress Ruth Negga attends the Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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To the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Negga wore a barely there and beautifully embroidered Valentino dress that could have looked like a negligee on anyone else. 

Actress Ruth Negga attends the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 2.
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But on Negga, of course, it looked spectacular. 

Then, to the annual Oscar nominees luncheon in early February, she wore an unlikely pairing of a yellow sweater dotted with pink flowers and a green leather skirt, all designed by Miu Miu

Ruth Negga arrives at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 6.
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It was an unexpected mixture of hard and soft, a typical Negga move. 

So no, maybe someone like Stone or Kidman shouldn't be the one you keep an eye on. Maybe it's not only time to give Negga a chance, but to look forward to her Oscars red-carpet debut. 

A woman who can pull off a cat dress, after all, should never be underestimated.

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Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

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