In fashion terms, the Oscars red carpet exerts determining power over the awards season.
No matter how many custom couture gowns or millions of dollars of diamonds your stylist has pulled in the weeks and months prior, your Academy Award red carpet look is the one that counts.
It’s a tricky brief. Classic or risqué? Plain or patterned? Movie star or punk rock?
Or, perhaps, you'd like to make a statement – like actress Natalie Portman's cape on this year's carpet, which features the names of women who were overlooked this year in the directing category, including Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), Lorene Scafaria ("Hustlers") and Lulu Wang ("The Farewell").
This year's attendees boast nominees both new and vintage, with the past few weeks of promotional merry-go-rounds showcasing their style in ways that may foreshadow their sartorial future.
Dying to see what they’re wearing on film’s biggest night of the year? Scroll down to see all the best dresses live from the Academy Awards 2020.