Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on September 29, 2021

Darlings, we’ve been covering the unexpected red carpet bounty of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening gala with gratitude and a little bit of a sense of awe this week. We had no idea this event was on the calendar or that it would be as star-studded as the Oscars and as high fashion as the Met Gala. In a way, it feels a little bit sus that Hollywood staged this massive focus-puller of an event on the same weekend as the Tonys, but like we said, we’re just grateful for the red carpet content. Even so, we think we’ve wrung enough spotlight posts (click every previous link) out of this event, so it’s time to send all these stars home, good and judged.


Angela Bassett in Elie Saab Couture

We’re a bit surprised to admit we think this is fabulously unique. It’s got some questionable elements, like the heaviness of that center panel and the color story, which borders on tacky, but she looks unquestionably amazing in it.



Darren Criss in Dior Homme

The pants were a really fun scrolldown surprise. It’s a weirdly great look, even if he does look like a concierge at a cult compound.



Dwyane Wade (in Gucci) and Gabrielle Union (in Alexandre Vauthier)

They are a magical couple. He’s wearing a tank undershirt with a tuxedo and we’re not mad at it. She’s wearing sheer fabric draped over a body suit and we think she looks fabulously chic. What is this sorcery?



Halle Berry in Etro

It feels like the styling (relaxed, clean) doesn’t go with the dress (party time).




Issa Rae in Alexandre Vauthier

Serving you Disco Chic and looking flawless.




Jurnee Smollett in Armani Privé

It’s a real shame that the bust looks to be too tight on her, because the dress design is absolutely gorgeous.




Kate Hudson in Louis Vuitton

Okay, yes. Those sleeves are cray. On the other hand, we’re impressed by how high-fashion some of these looks are. This is at least an unexpected swerve toward the editorial from her.




Laura Dern in Roland Mouret

You had us until the hem, Laura.




Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stella McCartney

You had us until the shoes, Maggie.




Mj Rodriguez in Brandon Maxwell

You had us at hello, girl. No notes.




Olivia Rodrigo in Saint Laurent

Hahahahaha, no. Ladies, don’t let the fashion world talk you into this trend. You will forever regret succumbing to it.




Rebecca Hall in Armani Privé

Well, it’s definitely a sassy look. We can’t tell if that crotch sitch is deliberate or it just sort of blew up under the lights of the red carpet, but it’s kinda hard to deny where your eye lands first.



Regina Hall in Julien Macdonald

Oh holy God, no. Jesus save our eyes.




Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor in Armani Privé

The sort of funny thing about Sarah Paulson’s style is that it’s so idiosyncratic and so space-taking that it really doesn’t look right as part of a duo. We’d probably be okay with her dress if she were on her own, but she overwhelms Holland. We love the unusual shape of her suit and we’re surprised that putty color works as well as it does on her.




Selma Blair in Rokh

Pure fierce. We do wish the entire dress had been lined, though. That black waistline doesn’t photograph great.




Sophia Loren in Armani Privé

Can’t argue with Sexy Nonna.




Sophie Hunter (in Dior Couture) and Benedict Cumberbatch (in Giorgio Armani)

Her dress is really pretty in a quiet and soft sort of way. He looks great but very orange.




Thuso Mbedu in Prada





Tiffany Haddish in Christian Siriano

She looks fine, and we’re never sticklers about women in pants at formal events, but this doesn’t quite feel up to some of the other looks of the night. We think the white gives it a more casual feel. If it had been all black it would work better.




Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Mom and Dad look great. Her robe is drop-dead gorgeous.









[Photo Credit:, Courtesy of Academy Museum Foundation,]

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