Linda Cardellini arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Linda Cardellini arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP

HOLLYWEIRD: Oscars stars shock with fashion atrocities

Hollywood's brightest stars are making their way to the Dolby Theater in LA, where the 2019 Oscars will soon get underway.

A Star Is Born, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma and Vice are among the favourites to take home statues at today's ceremony - but before that happens, all eyes are on the red carpet.

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One of the first jaw-dropping appearances this year was from Green Book actress Linda Cardellini, who's dress was an uncomfortable blend of two of the riskiest style trends available: the "mullet" hemline and hot pink tulle ruffles.

Oh, and she threw in a "2000 Grammys J-Lo"-inspired neckline for good measure, giving the overwhelming overall effect of someone who is literally being drowned in their own bad fashion choice.

Linda Cardellini arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Linda Cardellini arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP

  People aren't exactly loving it on Twitter - but this user probably summed it up best:  

And pink ruffles seem to be contagious this year.

Country singer Kacey Musgraves caught a case of the Cardellinis and turned up as literal fairy floss - but hers kind of worked:

Grammy-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves. Picture: Getty Images
Grammy-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves. Picture: Getty Images

Best Actress nominee Lady Gaga has played it pretty safe throughout the awards season so far, but has obviously decided to go for broke for the last big hurrah.

I've stared at this dress for minutes on end and still can't work out the point of it - but it appears that the A Star Is Born actress decided to enhance her waist with some unbelievably angular inserts, proving that it is not, in fact, hip to be square.

Lady Gaga arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP

Meanwhile, even Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) didn't look sure about her decision to don a bizarre cropped red rain coat.

Rachel Weisz arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Rachel Weisz arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/AP

At the other end of the scale, Best Supporting Actress nominee Marina de Tavira - who scored a nod for her role in Roma - is already number one in our eyes for this breathtaking red carpet offering.

(Ms. Cardellini, please take note: this is how you do tulle ruffles).

Marina de Tavira arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Marina de Tavira arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Richard Shotwell

Also nominated for Best Supporting Actress is If Beale Street Could Talk actress Regina King, who looked heavenly in a classic white gown - with a bit of an Angelina Jolie leg pop.

Regina King arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Regina King arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP

But pink is clearly the major trend of this year's awards show.

One of this year's presenters, Helen Mirren, really leaned in to it.

Oscar-winner Helen Mirren is pretty in pink. Picture: Getty Images
Oscar-winner Helen Mirren is pretty in pink. Picture: Getty Images

As did Gemma Chan, from Crazy Rich Asians, who mostly pulled it off.

Gemma Chan arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Gemma Chan arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Richard Shotwell

… This Maya Rudolph get-up,on the other hand, makes me feel vaguely queasy.

I was politely asked to drop General Maths in Year 12 but am still fairly confident I've got the numbers right when I say ruffles + high neckline + cape + pink + florals = TOO MUCH.

Maya Rudolph arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Maya Rudolph arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Richard Shotwell

Pose star and Tony Award winner Billy Porter was one of the first to arrive, and served up a fierce fashion offering in a black velvet tuxedo gown.

Business on the top and party on the bottom from Billy Porter.
Business on the top and party on the bottom from Billy Porter. Getty Images

Emilia Clarke - Daenarys Targaryen from Game of Thrones - was the picture of timeless elegance in a form-fitting purple metallic strapless dress.

Emilia Clarke arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emilia Clarke arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Jordan Strauss

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu looked radiant in a canary yellow dress, and

 

Wu is giving off serious Disney Belle vibes. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Wu is giving off serious Disney Belle vibes. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Her co-star Awkwafina channelled Liberace:

Awkwafina attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Awkwafina attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

 

Australian actress Danielle McDonald, who stars alongside Jennifer Aniston in Netflix's Dumplin', opted for bright red tulle.

Danielle Macdonald arrives at the Oscars. Picture: AP
Danielle Macdonald arrives at the Oscars. Picture: AP

Amandla Stenberg, the breakout star of critically-acclaimed drama The Hate U Give, was flawless in her embellished silver and nude gown.

Amandla Stenberg arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Amandla Stenberg arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Among the earliest arrivals was a string of slightly lesser-known residents of Tinseltown, who went all out to secure their moment in the spotlight with some experimental fashion.

Here's one example, in the form of actor Laura Marano:

I think this is the parachute we used to play with in primary school. Picture: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
I think this is the parachute we used to play with in primary school. Picture: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) looked like Glinda, the Good Witch:

Michelle Yeoh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Michelle Yeoh arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/AP

RuPaul's Drag Race star Shangela - who also appeared in A Star Is Born - brought the old-school glam with a dress that seemed to draw inspiration from lead actor Lady Gaga's Golden Globes look.

Jenifer Lewis, left, and Shangela arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jenifer Lewis, left, and Shangela arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/AP

The Oscars ceremony is due to start at midday, AEDT.

In the meantime, check out our gallery for more red carpet looks.



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