Cate Blanchett. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The cream of Hollywood royalty added a dose of glamour to the Academy Awards long before the ceremony even began in Los Angeles today, local time.

PICTURE GALLERY: Red carpet glamour |

The film industry's brightest stars stepped out on the red carpet in an array of embellished gowns and sharp suits, with many opting for vintage silhouettes and art deco detailing rather than the avant-garde designs seen on at recent awards ceremonies.

Rain may have threatened to put a dampener on the early arrivals but stars weren't letting it show, looking polished despite the inclement weather.

All eyes will be on Cate Blanchett later in the night to see whether she scoops up the best actress gong but the Australian was already a winner on the red carpet.

Ever the style chameleon, Blanchett stepped out in a fairytale-like Armani nude gown complete with sheer capped sleeves and dripping with embellished petals and beading.

Fellow Aussie Naomi Watts was also an early favourite for best dressed in a flawless white fitted column dress, while 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o went the Grecian route in a pastel blue empire gown that shone in the light.

Former Neighbours starlet Margot Robbie swapped her usual blonde locks for a near-black hue, which she paired with an equally dark gown tied with a large bow at the back.

Lightening things up were Kate Hudson in a silver caped frock, Jessica Biel in a glittering strapless dress, and Camila Alves in dusty pink, who arrived on the arm of her best actor-nominated husband Matthew McConaughey.

Rounding out the arrivals was tinsel town's own royal couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Pitt looked dapper in a classic, clean cut suit, while Jolie sent out one of her best red carpet looks to date - an embellished art deco style gown paired with sultry makeup and polished hair.

Lupita Nyong'o. Picture: Reuters
Naomi Watts. Picture: Reuters
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Margot Robbie. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Jennifer Lawrence. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Kate Hudson. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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