IN PHOTOS: 20 Best Dressed at Oscars 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The Oscars – which many call Hollywood's biggest night – always features the most stunning red carpet outfits, as stars go all out in their formal best.  

The actresses walked the red carpet in sparkling gowns in bold and pastel tones on Sunday, February 28 (Monday, February 29 in Manila) in Los Angeles. Plunging necklines, intricate detailing, and bold colors were just some of the key trends we saw on the red carpet. 

Here are some of our favorites from the big day:

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé

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Cate Blanchett, the red carpet queen, never fails to stun at any event. The Best Actress nominee stepped out in a fresh pale green ensemble by Armani Privé.

Brie Larson in Gucci

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Bold, deep, and dramatic, this gown makes an elegant statement, with subtle pleating a key element to the overall look. Though there are many elements – the jeweled belt, layered low neckline, and pleating in the skirt – it all comes together as a show-stopper. 

Margot Robbie in Tom Ford

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Margot presented with Suicide Squad co-star Jared Leto. She wore a simple long-sleeved gown and carried a tasseled black clutch, with minimal makeup. 

Daisy Ridley in Chanel

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Daisy Ridley kept the silhouette of her look very sleek and simple, highlighting the dress' embellishments and standout light blue color. 

Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier

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All of Rachel McAdams' Oscars ensemble was very simple, thus highlighting the look's main feature – that gorgeous deep green color. 

Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein Collection

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Saoirse Ronan was mesmerizing in a long deep green gown with a plunging neckline. The dress glittered and glowed dramatically as she moved. 

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

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Rooney tends to keep things very simple on the red carpet, often opting for black and white looks. This year was no different, although it's hard to miss the intricate detailing on her fitted white dress. 

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Jennifer pulled off her look with flair and an edgy touch, keeping her hair and makeup sleek and polished, allowing her dress to do all the talking. 

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

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Lady Gaga's performance was one of the evening's key highlights. Herself an Oscar nominee for Best Original Song, Gaga stunned in a sculptural, flawless white ensemble. 

Emily Blunt in Prada

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Emily glowed on the red carpet in a very pretty pink gown, topped off with glittering silver accessories. 

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

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Charlize wore a show-stopping bright red gown by Dior, featuring unique detailing on the shoulders and a beautiful long necklace. 

Naomi Watts 

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It's hard to look away from this stunning violet gown, featuring elegant details and an ombre bodice. Naomi didn't need many accessories or heavy makeup to accompany this look.  

Charlotte Rampling in Armani

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Best Actress nominee Charlotte Rampling was also stunning in her long-sleeved gown, which she wore with statement-making red earrings – a lovely match to the red details in the neckline of her outfit.

Reese Witherspoon in Oscar de la Renta

to the #Oscars. Thank you @oscardelarenta @tiffanyandco @lesliefremar @mollyrstern @lonavigi (Follow on me on #snapchat at SnapsByReese for more!! ) A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Feb 28, 2016 at 5:16pm PST

 

Reese Witherspoon was wrapped in violet on the red carpet and accessorized with Tiffany and Co diamonds. 

Sophie Turner in Galvan

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Sophie wore a simple, classy silver dress by Galvan with a slit showing off just enough leg. Sophie's gown was ethically made – she wore it in partnership with Red Carpet Green Dress, an eco fashion campaign. 

Gentlemen also stood out on the red carpet in their formal wear, though most opted to go for suits in the usual black or navy.

You can count on Jared Leto to always stand out on a red carpet:

#Oscars A photo posted by The Academy (@theacademy) on Feb 28, 2016 at 4:47pm PST

 

Jacob Tremblay, star of the critically acclaimed room, looked sharp on the big night:

#Oscars A photo posted by The Academy (@theacademy) on Feb 28, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

 

Chris Rock opened with a blistering monologue tackling the #OscarSoWhite controversy, which received mixed reactions from viewers. He looked very dapper in a white tux.  

Relive Chris Rock's highly anticipated #Oscars opening monologue presented by Samsung Mobile USA. Posted by ABC Television Network on Sunday, February 28, 2016

 

Kevin Hart stuck to a black suit, showing off the unique detailing along his lapel and the jacket's edges. 

Sheeeessshhh.....Dress 2 impress with my partner in crime...!!! #Oscars #AllBlackForaReason #MeAndMyRib #comedicrockstarshit #DopePic I was styled by @ashleyanorth A photo posted by kevinhart4real (@kevinhart4real) on Feb 28, 2016 at 3:45pm PST

 

And who could forget the man of the night, Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally took home an Oscar after his 6th nomination. True to his usual style, Leo opted for a well-fitting dark tux. Here he is photographed with colleague and friend, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet.  

KATE AND LEO. Fast friends and long-time colleagues Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio on the Oscars 2016 red carpet. Photo by AFP/ Valerie Macon

KATE AND LEO. Fast friends and long-time colleagues Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio on the Oscars 2016 red carpet.

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