If there was one clear sartorial theme on the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday night, it was that the actresses hitting the red carpet looked just, well, ridiculously hot. Case in point: "Brooklyn" actress Saoirse Ronan in glittering emerald green Calvin Klein, so chosen to honor her Irish roots. Or: Margot Robbie, who definitely melted a camera lens or two in a similarly sequined, gold Tom Ford gown with a plunging neckline. Shall we go on? How about Charlize Theron, slinky and red in Dior Haute Couture? Or Kerry Washington, in leather Atelier Versace? Somewhere in Italy, Donatella is throwing up her hands, exclaiming, "This is a woman!"
There were some classic Oscar fantasy gowns, too: Best Supporting Actress winner Alicia Vikander's buttery yellow Louis Vuitton gown, so reminiscent of that one look from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," comes to mind. Daisy Ridley's slim, ice blue Chanel Haute Couture dress was a small (and very chic) work of art, with its ample embellishments and delicate back. And costume designer Sandy Powell — whom Giuliana Rancic sort of understandably mistook for Tilda Swinton on live television — channeled the late David Bowie in a green suit and bright red hair. Lady Gaga, too, opted for pants, in a sculptural all-white Brandon Maxwell look. (One of five custom outfits the designer and stylist created for her, before the pair landed on this one.)
Point is, the evening was not short on drama on the fashion front. Click through for our picks for the best-dressed women of the 2016 Oscars.