The red carpet has commenced on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. The 94th Academy Awards kick off Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre and nominees are dazzling before the show. Among those nominated, Variety highlighted Ariana DeBose, Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain as some of the year’s best dressed. Previous appearances this season included “West Side Story” star DeBose in a daring Giorgio Armani suit during the film’s L.A. premiere and Stewart’s silky ensemble at the Venice premiere of her intense turn as Princess Diana in “Spencer.”

Even as the Oscars celebrate cinema, the ceremony is no stranger to bold political statements. From stars donning the colors of the Ukrainian flag to vocal condemnation of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the year has been rife with protests both on and off the carpet.

Expected arrivals include “CODA” star Troy Kotsur, who could make history tonight as the first deaf man to receive the best actor prize. Best picture buzz for “CODA” itself — as well as Netflix’s “Power of the Dog” — could spell another historic win. The crowning of either film would mark the first year a streamer takes home the night’s most coveted prize.

Early arrivals include Diane Warren and Jamie Lee Curtis, both donning a small blue ribbon in recognition of refugees. “King Richard” star Saniyya Sidney wears a breathtaking blue gown decorated by florals as Vanessa Hudgens shows off a stunning sequined black dress.

See below for the most stunning looks from the 2022 Oscars with Variety On the Carpet presented by DIRECTV: