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Strong metals or soft pinks dominated the Oscar red carpet

March 5, 2018 GMT

              Emma Stone presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

              Emma Stone presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

              Emma Stone presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Emma Stone presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Emma Stone presents the award for best director at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

On a night featuring real-life heroines, many actresses went for something strong and bold on the Oscar red carpet — something metallic.

Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock literally shimmered in gold and silver gowns. They stood out on a carpet that starred mostly whites and neutrals.

Margot Robbie, Jane Fonda, Mary J. Blige, Danai Gurira, Emily Blunt, Elisabeth Moss and Laura Dern chose soft whites, off-whites or powder blues. There were delicate pinks worn by Mira Sorvino, Allison Williams and Saoirse Ronan.

Other actresses decided on a single strong color, including Zendaya in a chocolate brown Grecian goddess gown, Greta Gerwig in bright yellow dress and Ashley Judd all in purple. Emma Stone stood alone in a trouser look.