Fashion is afforded no singular bigger global stage than on the Oscars red carpet. It's the final stop in a laundry list of red carpets in the constant dog-and-pony show that is awards season.
Thankfully, the dresses at this year's 2017 Academy Awards did not disappoint. From Ruth Negga in a show-stopping, fire-engine red Valentino (she joined fellow nominees sporting baby-blue ACLU ribbons, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Barry Jenkins) and Emma Stone wowing in Givenchy Haute Couture to Janelle Monáe serving sparkly Cinderella realness in Elie Saab, the gowns were as much a celebration of fashion as they were the actresses wearing them.
The men stepped it up, too, including Riz Ahmed in blue Ermenegildo Zegna and Justin Timberlake in classic Tom Ford.
Check out some of our favorite looks from the big night below.
Meryl Streep in Elie Saab
Ruth Negga in Valentino
Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad
Ryan Gosling in Gucci
Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti
Riz Ahmed in Ermenegildo Zegna
Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab
Emma Stone in Givenchy
Viola Davis in Armani Privé
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo
Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton
Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein
Isabelle Huppert in Armani Privé
Ava DuVernay in Ashi Studio
Chris Evans in Ferragamo
Charlize Theron in Dior
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaia
Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo
Mahershala Ali in Ermenegildo Zegna
Cynthia Erivo in Paolo Sebastian
Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana
Dev Patel in Burberry
Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney
Ginnifer Goodwin in Zuhair Murad
Kirsten Dunst in Dior
Halle Berry in Versace
Octavia Spencer in Marchesa
Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford and Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco
Pharrell Williams in Chanel
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Evan Ross Katz is Mic's senior style editor. He previously served as managing editor for Logo's NewNowNext. Bylines: The Advocate, Refinery29, Men's Health, Thrillist, Out, Men's Fitness, Instinct, F*cking Young, Schön, Essential Homme, The Manual, and WetPaint.