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The Most Stunning Celebrity Red Carpet Looks From 2018

From Tracee Ellis Ross' pink Valentino gown to Sarah Paulson's neon number, these were our faves.
12/12/2018 05:45am ET | Updated December 13, 2018

Now that we’ve almost reached the end of 2018, it’s time to look back at some the year’s most stunning red carpet looks. And there were many.

Starting in January, we saw plenty of gorgeous looks at the Golden Globes, where most of the stars in attendance wore black in support of the Time’s Up campaign to fight sexual harassment and inequality. Then came the red purple carpet premiere of Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which was a beautiful celebration of African royalty.

At the Oscars in March, standouts included Tiffany Haddish, who arrived wearing a traditional Eritrean gown, and Nicole Kidman, who stunned in a structural blue Armani Privé dress.

In May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its annual Met Gala (in conjunction with The Costume Institute’s “Catholic Imagination” fashion exhibition), which saw Rihanna walk the red carpet looking like a bedazzled pope.

But those are just a few of the stunning looks we saw on red carpets this year. See them, and plenty more, below.

The “Black Panther” premiere:

Janeshia Adams-Ginyard
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther" on Jan. 29 in Hollywood.
Lupita Nyong'o
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther" on Jan. 29 in Hollywood.
Issa Rae
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther."
Angela Bassett
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther."
Nabiyah Be
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther."
Tanika Ray
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The actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther."
Janelle Monáe
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The singer and actress at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Black Panther."

The Oscars:

Nicole Kidman
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The actress wears Armani Privé at the Academy Awards on March 4 in Los Angeles.
Viola Davis
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The actress stuns in a Michael Kors gown.
Salma Hayek
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The star wears Gucci.
Jennifer Garner
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The former "Alias" star wears Versace.
Gina Rodriguez
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The "Jane the Virgin" star wears Zuhair Murad.
Lupita Nyong'o
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The actress wears a Versace gown.
Margot Robbie
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The "I, Tonya" star wearing Chanel.
Janet Mock
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The actress in a custom Christian Siriano.
Tiffany Haddish
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The actress wears a traditional Eritrean princess gown at the Oscars.

The Venice Film Festival:

Lady Gaga
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The singer wears Valentino couture for a screening of her film "A Star Is Born" on Aug. 31.
Cate Blanchett
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The two-time Oscar-winning actress wears Armani Privé at the "A Star Is Born" screening.
Bruna Marquezine
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The Brazilian actress wears Alberta Ferretti at the "A Star Is Born" screening.
Dakota Johnson
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The actress poses in Christian Dior couture at the "Suspiria" premiere on Sept. 1.
Mia Goth
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Goth wears Givenchy couture at the "Suspiria" screening.
Cate Blanchett
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Blanchett in another Armani Privé gown on the red carpet for the "Suspiria" screening.
Carolina Crescentini
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Crescentini wears a dress by Alberta Ferretti at the "Suspiria" screening.
Bruna Marquezine
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Marquezine wears Ralph and Russo at the "The Sisters Brothers" screening.
Tilda Swinton
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The actress wears a printed gown by Schiaparelli for the "At Eternity's Gate" screening on Sept. 3.
Hofit Golan
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The TV personality and model wears Tony Ward couture ahead of the "At Eternity's Gate" screening.
Valeria Altobelli
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The singer and actress wears a sequined gown by Eleonora Lastrucci at the "At Eternity's Gate" screening.
Juli Jakab
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The actress at the "Napszallta (Sunset)" screening on Sept. 3.
Natalie Portman
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The Academy Award winner wears a Gucci gown on the red carpet for the "Vox Lux" screening on Sept. 4.

The “Ocean’s 8” Premiere:

Sarah Paulson
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The actress wears a neon Prada gown at the "Oceans 8" premiere in New York City in June.
Mindy Kaling
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The actress wears a Prabal Gurung dress at the "Ocean's 8" premiere.
Rihanna
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The singer and actress wears Givenchy at the "Ocean's 8" premiere.
Anne Hathaway
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The actress wears a gown by Jean Paul Gaultier at the "Ocean's 8" premiere.
Sandra Bullock
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The actress wears Elie Saab at the "Ocean's 8" premiere.

The Cannes Film Festival:

Khadja Nin
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At the screening of "Burning" on May 16.
Aissa Maiga
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Wearing Balmain at the screening of "Burning" on May 16.
Winnie Harlow
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Wearing Jean-Louis Sabaji Couture at the screening of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on May 15.
Sonam Kapoor
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Wearing Ralph & Russo for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" on May 14.
Cate Blanchett
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Wearing Givenchy Haute Couture at the screening of "BlacKkKlansman" on May 14.
Araya Hargate
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In Giambattista Valli couture for the "Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain)" photo call on May 13.
Aishwarya Rai
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Wearing Michael Cinco couture at the screening of "Girls of the Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" on May 12.
Helen Mirren
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Wearing Elie Saab couture at the screening of "Girls of the Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" on May 12.
Deepika Padukone
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In Ashi Studio couture, at the screening of "Ash Is the Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)" on May 11.
Miya Muqi
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At the screening of "Ash Is the Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)" on May 11.
Praya Lundberg
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In Michael Cinco Couture at the screening of "Ash Is the Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)."
Lupita Nyong'o
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In Christian Dior Couture at the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" on May 10.
Amber Heard
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Wearing Valentino couture at the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" on May 10.
Aja Naomi King
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Wearing Zuhair Murad couture at the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" on May 10.
Deepika Padukone
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In Zuhair Murad at the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" on May 10.
Camila Coelho
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Wearing Ralph & Russo at the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" on May 8.

The Emmy Awards:

Thandie Newton
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The actress wears Brandon Maxwell at the 2018 Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.
Constance Wu
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In a Jason Wu gown on the Emmys red carpet.
Angela Sarafyan
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The actress wears a gown by Christian Siriano at the Emmy Awards.
Leslie Jones
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The "Ghostbusters" star wears a Christian Siriano suit.
Tiffany Haddish
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The actress wears a gown by Prabal Gurung at the Emmys.
Rachel Brosnahan
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The "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star wears an Oscar de la Renta gown at the Emmy Awards.
Sandra Oh
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Sandra Oh in a plunging red gown from the couture collection of Ralph & Russo.
Regina King
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The actress in a structural Christian Siriano gown at the Emmys.
Tracee Ellis Ross
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The actress wears a pink gown by Valentino.

A Few More Of Our Favorites:

Saoirse Ronan
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The "Lady Bird' star wears a Versace dress at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7 in Beverly Hills.
Diane Kruger
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The actress wears a Prada dress at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
Reese Witherspoon
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The actress wears a Zac Posen gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.
Rihanna
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The singer wears Maison Margiela at the annual Met Gala on May 7 in New York City.
SZA
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The singer wears Versace at the Met Gala.
Lena Waithe
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The actress and screenwriter wears custom Carolina Hererra at the Met Gala.
Blake Lively
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The actress wears Versace at the Met Gala.
Frances McDormand
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The actress wears Valentino at the Met Gala.
Issa Rae
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The actress wears a jumpsuit by Pyer Moss at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.
Awkwafina
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The actress and rapper attends the premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians" in Hollywood on Aug. 7
Kris Aquino
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The actress wears Michael Cinco at the "Crazy Rich Asians" premiere.
Constance Wu
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The actress wears a Ralph & Russo gown at the "Crazy Rich Asians" premiere.
Cardi B
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The rapper wears Dolce & Gabbana at the American Music Awards on Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.
Chloe X Halle
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The singers wear coordinating Valentino gowns at the American Music Awards.
Emily Blunt
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The actress wears Yanina Couture for the premiere of Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" at El Capitan Theatre on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles.
Margot Robbie
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The actress wears a Chanel gown for the New York premiere of "Mary Queen of Scots" on Dec. 4.