When Halle Berry took home an Academy Award in 2001 for Best Actress for her performance in Monster’s Ball, she sported a sharp, short hairstyle that’s emblazoned in our minds forever.
2 of 9
2005: Pump up the Volume
Beyonce enjoyed a high-glamour moment at the 2005 Oscars with this backcombed, voluminous, low ponytail.
3 of 9
2006: Wondrous Waves
Jennifer Hudson flaunted long, ebony waves with a side-swept bang when she accepted her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Dreamgirls.
4 of 9
2009: Retro Glam
At the 81st Annual Academy Awards, Alicia Keys was the picture of glamour in rippling, Old Hollywood-style waves.
5 of 9
2010: Full-Force Glam
Pulled back hair was all the rage at the 2010 Oscars. Zoe Saldana rocked the trend in a sophisticated bun with a slightly voluminous crown.
6 of 9
2010: Cascade of Curls
Mariah Carey took to the Oscars red carpet in 2010 in a cascade of honey-colored spirals. Carey’s ombre hair color made her long curls look even more glamorous.
7 of 9
2010: Sleek and Chic
Mo’Nique famously took home an Oscar for her riveting performance in Precious . For her big moment, Mo’Nique opted for a gorgeous, sleek high bun which she accented with a flower.
8 of 9
2011: Elegant Updo
Jennifer Hudson unveiled her new look complete with a slim physique and towering updo at the 2011 Academy Awards. The height of this style gives it a regal feel while the ponytail makes it feel youthful and fresh.
9 of 9
2012: Natural Glow
Viola Davis, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Help, wowed audiences when she arrived at the Oscars wearing her short, natural hair. Just days before this appearance, she confessed to ESSENCE.com that her natural hair made her feel “powerful.”
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Get The Essence Newsletter and Special Offers delivered to your inbox!