It’s the 90th annual Academy Awards this Sunday! Honouring the best performances in cinema each year, the prestigious event is always a stellar gathering of Hollywood’s A-list. Many of 2018’s female nominees (including Best Director contender Greta Gerwig) will be attending the Oscars for the first time ever, but there are some that are no stranger to this red carpet. We looked back at our favourite Oscars moments ever featuring this year’s nominees, plus some interesting facts you might not know about them…
Saoirse Ronan – 2008
Saoirse Ronan was only 13 when she attended her first ever Oscars, nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Atonement. Now, ten years later, Lady Bird has earned the Irish actress her third nomination. Saoirse wore green the first two times she was up for a trophy, so we’re guessing she’ll continue this personal trend on Sunday…
Frances McDormand – 1997
Frances McDormand won her first Oscar back in 1997 for her portrayal of a police chief in the Coen brothers’ Fargo. This year, she’s the definite favourite to win the Best Actress Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – ironically for playing a woman fighting a police chief this time around. That’s versatility.
Octavia Spencer – 2012
Ever since winning the Best Supporting Actress prize for The Help in 2012, Octavia Spencer has been an Oscars regular. Just a year after being up for Best Supporting Actress again in 2017 for Hidden Figures, Octavia is nominated in the same category for the third time this year for The Shape of Water. With a total of 13 nominations, The Shape of Water is leading this year’s Oscars pack.
Meryl Streep – 2000
The Oscars wouldn’t be the same without Meryl Streep. She’s received her 21st nomination this year and has been up for a trophy in seven of the past ten Academy Awards! Back in 2000 she greeted her friend Julianne Moore on the red carpet before they started filming The Hours together a year later.
Margot Robbie – 2014
Margot Robbie looks unrecognisable with her brunette locks at the 86th Academy Awards, when she attended for the first time ever after starring in The Wolf of Wall Street. This year, she’s received her first Oscars nod for her portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Fun fact: the film’s already iconic mirror scene was completely improvised and shot in one take!
Mary J. Blige – 2005
The Netflix production Mudbound earned Mary J. Blige two nominations this year: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song. Although she has never attended the actual Oscars ceremony, Mary is a regular at the iconic Vanity Fair after party where she’s previously mingled with the likes of Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani.
Sally Hawkins – 2014
With stand-out performances in The Shape of Water (for which she is nominated), Maudie and Paddington 2, 2017 was Sally Hawkins’ best year ever. But she is no stranger to the Oscars: in 2014, she attended the ceremony alongside Cate Blanchett when both were nominated for their roles in Blue Jasmine.