15 Most Iconic Oscar Hairstyles of All Time

Jennifer Lawrence in 2018 Oscars

15 Most Iconic Oscar Hairstyles of All Time!!!

As the 2022 Oscar approaches, we all have one question in common.

Who will have the most standout look?

Other than the actual award distribution show, the pre-show red carpet event is always the one that’s most gazed upon.

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Red Carpet Oscars ( Source: Dhaka Tribune)

If the previous iterations of the Academy Award shows are any indications, we can rest assured that this year’s event will also have some memorable outfits and hairs.

For this list, we’ll be counting down our top picks for the 15 Most Iconic Oscar Hairstyles of All Time!

Quick Overview

Here’s a brief look at our top picks for the most iconic Oscar hairstyles of all time.

Rank Star Event Year
15. Helen Mirren 2007 Oscars
14. Reese Witherspoon 2007 Oscars
13. Kate Winslet 1998 Oscars
12. Angelina Jolie 2012 Oscars
11. Halle Berry 2002 Oscars
10. Jennifer Lopez 2015 Oscars
9. Charlize Theron 2019 Oscars
8. Barbra Streisand 1969 Oscars
7. Scarlett Johansson 2015 Oscars
6. Lupita Nyong’o 2014 Oscars
5. Jennifer Lawrence 2018 Oscars
4. Brad Pitt 2020 Oscars
3. Zendaya 2015 Oscars
2. Danai Gurera 2018 Oscars
1. Lady Gaga 2019 Oscars

15. Helen Mirren

All hail to the Queen!

With a career spanning more than six decades in the entertainment industry, Helen Mirren has truly aged like fine wine.

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Helen Mirren at the 2001 Oscars (Source: Wire Image)

She wore the perfect grey bob at the 2007 Oscar event, where she also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Queen.

14. Reese Witherspoon

One of the undisputed queens of red carpet beauty, Reese Witherspoon, already had a thing going with her feathery bangs at the 2007 Oscars.

However, at the 2011 Oscar event, she took it up a notch with a stunning pumped-up ponytail.

Reese Witherspoon at the 2007 Oscars (Source: Pop Sugar)

This modern-retro glam was definitely a call back to the 90s.

13. Kate Winslet

It’s the 1998 Oscars, and Titanic has been nominated for a mind-boggling 14 Academy Awards.

Kate Winslet shows up at the Oscars, sporting the red ringlets that remind us of her titanic character Rose.

Kate Winslet During the 1998 Academy Awards (source: people.com)

Although Winslet is a natural blonde, we just can’t seem to get over her luscious red hair.

12. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is a usual staple when it comes to making waves on the red carpet.

The same can be said for her stunning full bombshell reddish-brown locks that she boasted on the 2012 Academy Awards.

Angelina Jolie (Source: Pinterest)

Paired with the creamy raspberry lipstick, let’s admit it, we all had our jaws dropped on the floor.

11. Halle Berry

When it comes to one of the best pixie cuts, Halle Berry sits on top of the list.

The piece-y stylings and subtle highlights of her haircut were a perfect compliment for her 2002 Oscar win for the Best Actress.

Halle Berry With Her Academy Award in 2002 (Source: Pinterest)

As she remains to be the only African-American woman to win the award in this category as of this writing, her pixie cut at the Academy is straight-up iconic.

10. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is often visualized with her iconic grown-up pony.

At the 2015 Oscar event, she had her ponytail perfectly pulled back tight and cascading straight down to the center of her back.

J.Lo Sporting Her Ponytail (Source: Hype Hair)

The perfectly pulled back hair complimented her cheekbones and her simple yet elegant sparkling studs.

9. Charlize Theron

The South African actress can basically pull off any look of any color.

At the 2019 Oscars, she made headlines with a simple yet fresh brown bob which was a step in a different direction than her usual bright blonde hair.

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Charlize Theron at the 91st Annual Academy Awards (Source: Film Magic)

To complement the simplicity of her hair, she wore an equally blue Dior dress.

8. Barbra Streisand

Once upon a time, at the 1969 Oscars, Barbra Streisand took home the Academy Award for Best Actress.

But the thing that’s more memorable than her award-winning performance for Funny Girl is her bumped-up bob.

Barbara Streisand with her Oscar in (Source: redbookmag.com)

The iconic hair wave is what comes to mind when one thinks of the hairstyles that were prevalent in the 90s.

7. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson made quite the statement at the 2015 Oscar events with her slicked-back hairstyle.

Standing out from the pack, it’s quite an edgy hairstyle when it comes to the Oscars.

Scarlett Johansson (Source: redbookmag.com)

Nevertheless, Scar totally pulled it off with her Waterfall-Esque sleek and blonde hairstyle.

6. Lupita Nyong’o

It’s Lupita Nyong’o’s first time at the Oscars, and what does she do to stand out from the rest?

She arrives as a princess, sporting a sparkling Fred Leighton Headband and a closely cropped haircut.

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Lupita Nyong’o With her Oscar (Source: Africa in Harlem)

The elegant blue gown indeed made Lupita look like a princess while accepting the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2014 event.

5. Jennifer Lawrence

There’s another Jennifer on our list whose beachy waves were enough for us to make our heads turn.

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Lawrence’s bouncy waves made her look like a proper beach goddess of hair.

Most Iconic Oscar Hairstyles- Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Oscars (source: POPSUGAR UK)

Stunningly dressed for the event, her bright red lipstick and fierce cat eyes aptly complimented her hair.

4. Brad Pitt

Somebody get Brad Pitts’s hair an Oscar too!

The 2020 Award season for Brad was quite the one to remember.

As he won awards for the Best Supporting Actor in various award circles in Hollywood, including the Academy.

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Brad Pitt (Source: British GQ)

But what we and the fans will remember is his longer-than-usual pulled-back blonde hair.

And at 56 years of age, that hairline is better than most people in their 20s.

3. Zendaya

The singer turned actor has been breaking all stereotypes since her move to the silver screen.

At the 2015 event, her luscious waist-long locks were a welcome sight to behold.

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Zendaya on the Red Carpet During the 87th Oscars (Source: Xoom)

While it was criticized by many, she later responded by sharing this statement on her Instagram:

“My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”

2. Danai Gurera

The fierce warrior from Wakanda and The Walking Dead, Danai Gurera, brought her badass feminism to the 2018 Academy Awards as well.

At the event, she showcased the jaw-dropping work of her hairstylist, Vernon Scott.

Most Iconic Oscar Hairstyles- Danai Gurira at the 2018 Academy Awards
Danai Gurira at the 2018 Academy Awards (Source: POPSUGAR)

Danai wore a meaningful ancestral tribal African design while attending the event for Black Panther.

1. Lady Gaga

With her recent strides in Hollywood, Lady Gaga has been nothing less than astounding.

Nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 2019, she attended the event with her platinum updo hairstyle.

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Lady Gaga (Source: StyleCaster)

And if we’re being honest, Lady Gaga’s hairstyle should be preserved in a museum.

No questions asked!

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