Hollywood’s A-list stars exuded subtle elegance and old-school glamour on the Oscars red carpet on March 3, 2014, as the sun came out just in time for Tinseltown’s biggest night of the year. 

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Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o at the 86th Academy Awards. IMAGES: AFP, CHOPARD

Lupita Nyong’o, a favorite to win the Oscar for best supporting actress for her searing turn in 12 Years a Slave, rocked a sleeveless pale blue pleated Prada gown with a deep-V neckline and a headband.

“It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi. I wanted to have a bit of home,” the Kenyan actress — who has become a darling of fashion critics during Tinseltown’s awards season — told E! television’s Ryan Seacrest.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett, the frontrunner for the best actress prize for her work in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, sported a gauzy bejeweled nude Armani gown.

“It’s heavy but I love it,” she said.

Fellow best actress nominee Amy Adams, who donned sparkling glam 1970s gowns with deep cleavage in American Hustle, was understated and flawless in a strapless deep blue Gucci gown with pocket flaps.

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Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence at the 86th Academy Awards. IMAGES: GUCCI, AFP

Adams admitted she wore her long red tresses in a bun because of the threat of rain, and told ABC the up-do was inspired by Kim Novak’s look in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo.

Her American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who is competing against Nyong’o in the best supporting actress category, was striking in a strapless red Christian Dior peplum gown and slicked-back short hair.

In a scene mirroring her famed fall last year as she went up on stage to claim her best actress trophy for Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence slipped on the red carpet again on Sunday.

When it came to menswear at the Oscars, white dinner jackets were all the rage — Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, both frontrunners to take home acting prizes for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club, adopted the trend. McConaughey’s bow tie was black, while Leto’s was burgundy.

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Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the 86th Academy Awards. IMAGES: CHOPARD, SAINT LAURENT

Look back at the red carpet highlights of the 2014 Oscars in our gallery, featuring Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson and more glamorous stars.

Catch the 86th Academy Awards on encore telecast, on-demand from March 7-16, 2014 on FOX Movies Play (SingTel mio TV Ch. 409 and StarHub TV Ch. 623).