Fences Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis has never been shy about color. From the royal blue Jenny Packham dress she wore to this year’s BAFTA awards to the canary yellow Michael Kors look she wore at last month’s SAG Awards to the magenta Cristian Siriano frock she donned to the Essence pre-Oscars party earlier this week, the star’s red carpet decisions for awards season have been nothing short of kaleidoscopic. But tonight, in a custom scarlet red Armani gown, the star broke out in a new defining shade. The off-the-shoulder floor-length design, which gathered at the neck, was just the prismatic jolt that the evening needed; Davis stood out from her Hollywood peers who had leaned toward darkly romantic hues and champagne tones. The body-skimming silhouette was complemented by her sleek and razor sharp pixie cut, which lent the seasoned actress a cool and refined edge.
With a subtle, natural glow to her beauty, Davis let the power of the gown’s color remain the focal point tonight—indeed her only accessories were a discreet bracelet and a metallic clutch. And given that she’s up for one of the top honors at the ceremony, no doubt eyes will be on the attention-grabbing star.