Can you imagine going to your very first Oscars? The glitz, the glamour. The sea of stars sweeping you up before you’ve really got your footing. The Oscars has all of the same features of so many of the other awards shows—the red carpet, the photographers, the tension—but it’s also so much more somehow. It’s the Oscars! It’s the big one!
Perhaps you’d be like Viola Davis or Olivia Colman and by the time you arrive on the Academy Awards red carpet, you’ve been at this acting thing for quite some time, but suddenly—boom—you’re there. Does everything about this job seem new again? Do you even feel starstruck? Or perhaps you’re like Glenn Close or Anthony Hopkins, and the first time you went to the Oscars, the E! News GlamCam was merely a twinkle in some producer’s eye.
Here are this year’s biggest and brightest stars at their very first Academy Awards ceremony. One thing is clear: The films keep changing, but the awards-show glamour stays the same.
Amanda Seyfried’s first Oscars was the ceremony’s 81st. It was 2009 and she wore Valentino.
Boseman wore a classic tux to his first Oscars in 2016. This year, he’s posthumously nominated for best actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Somehow Colman’s first Oscars were only in 2019, where she won best actress for her role in The Favourite. She wore Prada.
McDormand went home a winner at the 69th Academy Awards, and she looked positively 1997 in blue Richard Tyler that night.
Ahmed wore a blue Ermenegildo Zegna Couture tux for presenting duties at the 2017 ceremony.
Davis at the 81st annual Academy Awards in 2009 in a positively golden Reem Acra gown.
Glenn Close arrives at the 55th Academy Awards in 1983, when she was nominated for the first time for The World According to Garp.
Kaluuya dressed not unlike half of a gold statue in Brunello Cucinelli for his first Oscars, the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. He was nominated for best actor for his role in Get Out.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Baron Cohen wears a coat and tie alongside his then girlfriend, now wife, Isla Fisher, for the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
Day wore SAFiYAA to her first Oscars in 2016, and then performed later that night.
Hopkins attended the 1976 ceremony alongside Charlotte Rampling, but he wouldn’t attend as a nominee until 1992.
Mulligan went with this strapless Prada gown for her first Oscars in 2010, where she was nominated for An Education.
Oldman and wife Alexandra Edenborough attended the 84th Academy Awards in 2012, where he was nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.