Carey Mulligan Is a Gold Goddess in Valentino at the 2021 Oscars

The Promising Young Woman star shut down the red carpet in a glittering Valentino gown.

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Carey Mulligan clearly came to win at the Oscars—both on and off the red carpet. For the occasion on Sunday evening, the Best Actress nominee donned a glittering, two-piece gold gown that puts the Oscar statue itself to shame.

The actress's Valentino look boasts a sequin bandeau and high-waisted ballgown skirt. She casually pulled her middle-parted hair into a bun and accessorized with Cartier jewels, champagne-hued platforms by Sophia Webster, and, of course, her husband Marcus Mumford.

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Mulligan is a frontrunner at the 2021 Oscars for her turn as Cassie Thomas in Emerald Fennell's critically-acclaimed film Promising Young Woman. And if she does win, she'll be one of many, from Emma Stone to Meryl Streep, who wore gold on their big night. Coincidence? We think not.

But the actress isn't the only Best Actress nominee in gold—The United States vsBillie Holiday's Andra Day is wearing a dress in a similarly show-stopping color. And Mulligan is also one of several on the award show's red carpet who chose to show off their midriff, from Day's cutout gown to Vanessa Kirby's structured baby pink dress that gives a hint of her midsection to Zendaya's canary yellow, stomach-baring look.

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