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The most beautiful couples who have ever walked the Academy Awards red carpet

From two icons of movie history like Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's coolness in the early 2000s

The most beautiful couples who have ever walked the Academy Awards red carpet From two icons of movie history like Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's coolness in the early 2000s
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Versace, 2012
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in Chanel, 2004
Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco and Justin Timberlake, 2017
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena, 2014
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen, 2020
Lucy Boynton in Rodarte and Rami Malek, 2019
Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, 1975
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, 1952
River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton in vintage dress, 1989
Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer and her brother James Haven, 2000
SJP and Matthew Broderick, 1993
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bundchen in Christian Dior, 2005
Leonardo DiCaprio e Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren, 2016
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, 1989
Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1962
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet in Fendi, 2019
Naomi Watts in Armani and Liev Schreiber, 2016
Billy Porter in Christian Siriano and Adam Smith, 2019
Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Rampling, 1976
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, 1958
Vivien Leigh in Irene Gibbons and Laurence Olivier, 1940
Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck, 1963
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein and Brad Pitt, 1996
Sonny Bono and Cher, 1973
Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman in Dior, 2020
Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor in Christian Dior, 1961
Nicole Kidman in Dior and Tom Cruise, 1997
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in Versace, 1995
Julia Roberts in Valentino and Benjamin Bratt, 2001
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, 2000
Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in Halston, 1975
Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace and Will Smith, 1997
James Dean and Ursula Andress, 1955
Grace Kelly in Edith Head/Helen Rose and Marlon Brando, 1955
Edward Norton and Courtney Love in Versace, 1997
Reese Witherspoon in Valentino and Ryan Phillippe, 2002
Madonna in Bob Mackie and Michael Jackson, 1991
Jennifer Lopez in Valentino and Ben Affleck, 2003
Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo, 1994
Charlize Theron in Gucci and Stuart Townsend, 2004
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford in Hervé Léger, 1993

We are now a few hours away from the night of the Oscars 2021. It will be a very special edition that, due to the pandemic, will take place in multiple locations: in Los Angeles, at the classic Dolby Theatre and Union Station, but also in London and Paris, where two hubs for actors and directors based in Europe will be set up. Steven Soderbergh, director of cult movies such as Traffic and Ocean's Eleven, will supervise the ceremony and promises that we will watch a unique event, much more similar in both the development and aesthetics to a movie than an award ceremony. With these conditions, many are wondering what will happen on the red carpet.

Definitely there will be no group selfie like the viral one that in 2014 included Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong'o and her brother Peter in the same shot. The Grammys and Golden Globes have shown us how glamour has evolved into a sort of homemade version, with stars fully dressed while thanking fans for the awards they received while sitting directly in their living rooms. Will the couple looks, like Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet's 2019 matchy-matchy one and Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's super cool one that, both in black, walked the Academy Awards red carpet in 2000, disappear too? Perhaps the new normal will be a hybrid of past and present, similar to a Greg Williams photograph in which Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix eat a veggy burger while sitting on steps, shortly after he won Best Actor for The Joker.

It seems so far away the days when the whole world paused and watched iconic actors like Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly or Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward (a record marriage for Hollywood, lasted 50 years!) collect the sought-after golden statuette. There were no Google images, no Instagram and the trends that would shape the fashion of the following months were dictated by the looks shown off on that night at the end of February, in which stars like Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in a sequined Halston dress or Gena Rowlands in total pink on the arm of John Cassavetes were the it-girls to copy.

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in Halston, 1975
Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Rampling, 1976
Sonny Bono and Cher, 1973
Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1962
Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor in Christian Dior, 1961
Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, 1975
Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck, 1963
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, 1958
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, 1952
James Dean and Ursula Andress, 1955
Vivien Leigh in Irene Gibbons and Laurence Olivier, 1940
Grace Kelly in Edith Head/Helen Rose and Marlon Brando, 1955

Even the following decades have given us some couple outfits that, for better or for worse, will be difficult to rival in the 2021 edition. A few examples? In 1989 Demi Moore and Bruce Willis were perfect together, but the DIY creation (a mix of biker shorts, damask skirt and bustier) that the actress of Ghost chose to wear in front of the paparazzi is still remembered as one of the worst outfits in the Oscars history. Much more successful, however, were the style choices of Julia Roberts in a vintage Valentino, Michelle Williams in a saffron yellow Vera Wang, Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, Jada Pinkett Smith in a lamé dress and Courtney Love in a slip dress, for both by Versace.

Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace and Will Smith, 1997
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, 2000
Nicole Kidman in Dior and Tom Cruise, 1997
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford in Hervé Léger, 1993
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in Versace, 1995
River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton in vintage dress, 1989
SJP and Matthew Broderick, 1993
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein and Brad Pitt, 1996
Madonna in Bob Mackie and Michael Jackson, 1991
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, 1989
Edward Norton and Courtney Love in Versace, 1997
Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo, 1994
Charlize Theron in Gucci and Stuart Townsend, 2004
Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer and her brother James Haven, 2000
Reese Witherspoon in Valentino and Ryan Phillippe, 2002
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in Chanel, 2004
Jennifer Lopez in Valentino and Ben Affleck, 2003
Julia Roberts in Valentino and Benjamin Bratt, 2001
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bundchen in Christian Dior, 2005
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006

In the last ten years Hollywood power couples have not made any great surprises by daring with highly sophisticated looks, but have opted for major brands and classic dresses. The top five couples who have walked the red carpet of the Oscars between 2010 and 2020? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in a Versace skirt with a deep slit; Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman in a Dior dress that hid a feminist statement; the bff Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren; Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton in Rodarte; Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts in Armani.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Versace, 2012
Leonardo DiCaprio e Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren, 2016
Lucy Boynton in Rodarte and Rami Malek, 2019
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in Alexander McQueen, 2020
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena, 2014
Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco and Justin Timberlake, 2017
Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman in Dior, 2020
Billy Porter in Christian Siriano and Adam Smith, 2019
Naomi Watts in Armani and Liev Schreiber, 2016
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet in Fendi, 2019