Academy Awards 2018: #BlackExcellence on the red carpet

theGrio breaks down the hottest looks from tonight's award show.

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It’s finally here—the biggest event in Hollywood and we are here for all the beautiful, glorious, over-the-top fashion to hit the red carpet. This is #BlackExcellence at its best.

Here are some of our favorites:

Ava DuVernay

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“A Wrinkle in Time,” “Selma” and “Middle of Nowhere” director, Ava DuVernay is stunning in a navy blue Armani Prive gown with structured shoulders and sequin detailing on her sheer sleeves.

Gabrielle Union 

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Only Gabrielle Union can pull off comfortable and glamorous at the same time while wearing this peach, strapless gown at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Regina Hall 

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Actress Regina Hall is killing them softly and taking no prisoners in this plunging sheer bronze gown. Age ain’t nothing but a number for the 47-year old who attended the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Lena Waithe

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Lena Waithe went for an understated look in a double-breasted jacket and pant set while attending the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Winston Duke

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He’s Yale educated. He’s Caribbean. He’s M’Baku. And he looks like THIS. Our undercover “Black Panther” fan favorite Winston Duke arrives in style at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

 

Donald Glover

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Is there anything Donald Glover can’t do perfectly? The Childish Gambino actor, writer, comedy expert looks fantastic arriving for the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

 

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross wears a structured bolero jacket over an elegant black dress at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Maya Rudolph 

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Maya Rudolph attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center wearing a red, long sleeved, high collared dress. The funny lady is presenting tonight.

Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor

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Octavia Spencer adorns the red carpet with her date, Tate Taylor at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center. Spencer, who is glowing in green, teams up with Taylor (who directed her in “The Help”) for a new horror thriller.

 

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant

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CONGRATS to Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa. The couple is attending the 90th Academy Awards and have a reason to celebrate after Kobe winning th Best Animated Short Film Oscar for his animated film, “Dear Basketball.” The movie is based on a letter he wrote announcing his retirement from basketball.

 

Zendaya

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Zendaya looks like a sweet treat at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center wearing this chocolate brown Giambattista Valli Couture chiffon goddess gown that is part of the label’s spring 2018 haute couture collection.

 

Common

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The last time Common was nominated for an Oscar, he performed with John Legend and won. This year, he will perform the nominated song, “Stand Up for Something” with Andra Day. We hope lightening strikes twice.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o continues to prove why black is beautiful. The “Black Panther” star arrives on the red carpet in a custom atelier Versace dress and handbag, Alexandre Birman heels and Niwaka jewelry.

Mahershala Ali

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Last year’s Academy Award winner, Mahershala Ali, looks dapper in all black and will present at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

 

 Danai Gurira

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 Danai Gurira aka Okoye from “Black Panther,” strolls onto the red carpet wearing a light pink floor length gown accessorized with a diamond hair art.

 

Whoopi Goldberg

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For those who don’t know, Whoopi Goldberg is one of few entertainers who carry the title of EGOT, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award throughout her career. She arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in a dress as bold as her personality.

 

 Tiffany Haddish

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She made it y’all! “Girls Trip” breakout star, Tiffany Haddish told E! News that her dress is a traditional Eritrean process dress, which she wore in honor of her late father who was born in the African nation. “He said one day I would end up here, and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people. So I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans.” Haddish will present an award at tonight’s Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center.

 Viola Davis

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Pretty HOT in pink. Viola Davis looks like a breath of fresh spring air as she arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards wearing a breathtaking neon pink dress and matching clutch with simple hoop earrings.

Chadwick Boseman

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The king is in the building! “Black Panther” star, Chadwick Boseman hit the red carpet suited in all black (don’t you love that) wearing a regal jacket with a gold embossed collar. We’re ready to go back to Wakanda anytime he’s ready.

Mary J. Blige

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We know our girl, Mary J. Blige had some issues in her personal life last year (we got our eye on you Kendu) but her professional life is soaring like crazy. Mary can officially add actress to her already impressive resume and is now being rewarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in, “Mudbound.” Check her out in this beaded white Versace gown and Christian Louboutin heels.

 

 

Jordan Peele

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Whether or not writer/director, Jordan Peele wins an Oscar tonight for Best Director or if “Get Out” wins for Best Picture, we believe it’s still one of the best films we’ve seen in a long time. Peele is looking on point in his white jacket tux as he attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Betty Gabriel

We almost didn’t recognize “Get Out’s” Betty Gabriel who said wearing that awful wig was the hardest part of playing her role in the film. She looks amazing at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Daniel Kaluuya

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Daniel Kaluuya finally made it out of the sunken place and made it to the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center. The star of “Get Out” and “Black Panther” is having an amazing year in his career and looks refined in warm golden tuxedo jacket. We love the touch of color on the red carpet.

 

 

Dee Rees and Sarah Broom

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“Mudbound” director/screenwriter/executive producer Dee Rees and her wife, Sarah Broom are beautifully matched as they arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center. Although Rees isn’t nominated for Best Director (we don’t understand how she didn’t make it in), “Mudbound” is nominated for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay tonight.

  

Michael Strahan

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The Good Morning America contributor started his day with a workout to make sure his body and mind were on point. Now, Michael Strahan is Oscar ready in a well-fitted, velour, slate grey suit as he attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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