Los Angeles: Sparkling in an off-shoulder Armani Prive bronze gown, Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sizzled at the Oscars. The 37-year-old actress was successful in adding Indian glitter to the 83rd Academy Awards where sequins dominated the red carpet.

The actress teamed the shimmery gown with a Jimmy Choo clutch, vintage jewellery, beaded detail at the waist and smoky eyes, while husband Abhishek Bachchan stuck to a traditional black tuxedo that made him look dapper.

Like Abhishek, musician A R Rahman who walked the red carpet with wife Saira, too wore a tuxedo while his partner chose a flamboyant fusion ensemble consisting of a golden sherwani and  cigarette pants.

Shimmer trend

Like Saira and Ash, the shimmer trend was followed by Gwnyeth Paltrow, who wore a gold Calvin Klein number and Halle Berry who stole the show in a nude sparkling number by Marchesa.

Hilary Swank's glistening silver Gucci column gave way to a romantic ostrich feather skirt, while the sparkling bodice of Mandy Moore's romantic Monique L'Hullier dress appeared to have been sprayed on.

Shimmering nude was also an age-appropriate choice for 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in 'True Grit', who won a Fifties-style dress by Marchesa.

While Celine Dion, wore a full-sleeved silver column dress, Amy Adams added a pop of colour to the red carpet with a sequinned navy gown by L'Wren Scott, which she teamed with green  accesories.

Red rules the red carpet

Other than the sparkle, another major trend was the resurgence of the red carpet favourite, voluminous red gowns.    

The bustled creations worn by Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, and Sandra Bullock, were in the same traffic-stopping hue of red. Penelope Cruz too showed off her post-pregnancy
bod with a sequined red gown by L'Wren Scott.

And while black remained a popular choice, with famously eccentric British star Helena Bonham Carter opting for it, there were some surprises from Cate Blanchett who wore an lavender Givenchy Haute Couture gown with yellow embellishment, and an unusual purple-burgundy hue seen on Natalie Portman.