Get ready for the red carpet fashion event of the year! Oscars season is upon us and we’re dying of excitement (and FOMO, of course).
We’re particularly lucky this year—2017’s female nominees are all known to bring it on the red carpet. I mean, the category of supporting actress alone boasts the sartorial know-how of stylish heavy-hitters like Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman. We’re in for a very exciting pre-show.
Naturally, we still have last year’s scene-stealing gowns on the brain—Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton, Brie Larson in Gucci… Ahh, it was all so beautiful. That being said, can you recall this year’s nominees’ very first Oscars red carpet? Spoiler alert: They hit it out of the park.
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Browse through the photos below for a serious blast from Oscars’ past.
1. Michael Shannon, 2009
Shannon and his wife, Kate Arrington, attended their first ever Oscars ceremony when the actor was nominated for his performance in Revolutionary Road.
2. Octavia Spencer, 2012
Spencer arrived at her first Oscars in this gorgeous hand-beaded Tadashi Shoji gown. Later that evening, the actress left the ceremony with an award for Best Supporting Actress! Beginner's luck? We don't think so.
3. Denzel Washington, 1990 (first nominated in 1988)
The seven-time Oscar nominee won his first golden statuette for his role in Glory.
4. Naomie Harris, 2013
The Moonlight star arrived at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in an eco-friendly golden gown by Ghanian designer Michael Badger.
5. Jeff Bridges, 1985 (first nominated in 1972)
The seven-time Oscar nominee began racking up the noms back in 1972, but didn't win until 2010 for his role in Crazy Heart.
6. Emma Stone, 2012
Now a seasoned Awards-show pro, Stone stunned at her first Academy Awards ceremony in this ruby-hued Giambattista Valli gown.
7. Ryan Gosling, 2007
Ever the gentleman, the La La Land star attended the 79th Academy Awards with two VIP guests: his mom and sister.
8. Michelle Williams, 2006
The four-time Oscar nominee made her red carpet debut in this now iconic canary yellow Vera Wang gown.
9. Viggo Mortensen, 2008
Mortensen was rocking an impressive beard at the time of his 2008 Academy Award nomination for his role in Eastern Promises.
10. Nicole Kidman, 1991
The Oscar-winner and her then husband Tom Cruise coordinated in black at the 63rd annual Academy Awards, Kidman showing off her early style prowess in a plunging Valentino minidress.
11. Casey Affleck, 2008
The Manchester by the Sea actor and his wife, Summer Phoenix, held hands as they strolled down the red carpet.
12. Meryl Streep, 1979
The accomplished actress and her husband, Don Gummer, made their Academy Awards debut when Streep was nominated for her performance in The Deer Hunter.
13. Andrew Garfield, 2011
The Hacksaw Ridge star attended his first Oscars ceremony following his breakout performance in The Social Network.
14. Natalie Portman, 2005
Portman was a vision in sage in this plunging Lanvin confection at her first Oscars ceremony.
15. Dev Patel, 2009
Patel and his Slumdog Millionaire co-star, Freida Pinto, were all smiles at their first Oscars ceremony.
16. Viola Davis, 2009
Celebrating her first Oscar nom for her performance in Doubt, Davis glittered in this gold lamé Reem Acra halter gown.