The 68th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off in spectacular style, with the likes of Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts leading the fashion on the red carpet on the first night, alongside Sienna Miller and Natalie Portman.

The Hollywood beauties looked sensational in their deep plunging gowns as they showed up for the premiere of La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) and the opening ceremony held at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, Palais des Festivals on Wednesday evening.

Oscar-winner Julianne, 54, cut a particularly glamorous figure in her racy but classy black gown, complete with over-the-top embellishments on the shoulders in a netted sequin-type wrapover.

A gorgeous debut: (L-R) Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller went for sensational, show-stopping looks as they graced the red carpet on Wednesday at the 68th Cannes Film Festival A gorgeous debut: (L-R) Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller went for sensational, show-stopping looks as they graced the red carpet on Wednesday at the 68th Cannes Film Festival A gorgeous debut: (L-R) Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller went for sensational, show-stopping looks as they graced the red carpet on Wednesday at the 68th Cannes Film Festival A gorgeous debut: (L-R) Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller went for sensational, show-stopping looks as they graced the red carpet on Wednesday at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

All-out glamour: The 54-year-old Oscar winner cut a flawless figure in her racy yet classy black gown with a wrapover front, with a unique meshand sequin texture
The 54-year-old Oscar winner cut a flawless figure in her racy yet classy black gown with a wrapover front, with a unique meshand sequin texture

Elegance personified: The L'Oreal ambassador showed everyone how its done as she stalked the red carpet at Grand Theatre Lumiere, Palais des Festivals on the first evening of the landmark movie festival, showing off a classy hint of her cleavage Elegance personified: The L'Oreal ambassador showed everyone how its done as she stalked the red carpet at Grand Theatre Lumiere, Palais des Festivals on the first evening of the landmark movie festival, showing off a classy hint of her cleavage

No holding back: Naomi and Julianne were soaking up the atmosphere at the iconic movie event, held annually in May in Cannes, showing off their huge grins as well as their sartorial expertise


Owning it: Despite their equally-dramatic gowns, Naomi and Julianne let each other have their moment to shine

Hollywood comes to France: Every year, the biggest stars on the globe descend on this small but lavish town in the French Riviera - for a week and a half every May, Cannes is the centre of the showbiz universe

The bodice of the youthful 46-year-old’s silver-grey dress was, like Julianne’s, incredibly low-cut, revealing a subtle and tasteful amount of her cleavage.

And also like Julianne’s ensemble, it was glistening with a smattering of gorgeous embellishments, glittering in the nightfall on the French Riviera town.

However, it was the full feather-covered skirt – with added pockets for nonchalance – that really added to the drama of the Australian actress’ incredible red carpet look.

As she turned to all angles to face the hundreds of photographers on the prestigious red carpet, the star revealed her dress to be backless.

Jaw-dropping: Naomi made for a stylish display in her long feathered dress in a dove grey, complete with a long, sweeping train

Extra skin on show: The beautiful 46-year-old actress worked the hundreds of flashbulbs from all angles, revealing the back of her eye-catching gown to be backless Extra skin on show: The beautiful 46-year-old actress worked the hundreds of flashbulbs from all angles, revealing the back of her eye-catching gown to be backless

Feathered fantasy: Naomi - who is at the film festival to promote her movie Sea Of Trees, which is competing for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize - didn't let her oversized textured gown wear her, showing it off to full effect
Naomi – who is at the film festival to promote her movie Sea Of Trees, which is competing for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize – didn’t let her oversized textured gown wear her, showing it off to full effect
The most revered red carpet in the world? Naomi was followed down the movie star runway by actress Leila Bekhti
The most revered red carpet in the world? Naomi was followed down the movie star runway by actress Leila Bekhti
Taking it all in: Although they were barely visible under her frou-frou skirt with a train, Naomi donned Nicolas Kirkwood Maeva sandals in silver to complete her glitzy look
Although they were barely visible under her frou-frou skirt with a train, Naomi donned Nicolas Kirkwood Maeva sandals in silver to complete her glitzy look

Her blonde locks were slicked back off her face in a flattering quiff, and her beauty look was as fresh-faced and natural as could be while accentuating her delicate features.

And, although they were barely visible, she added height to her frame with a pair of Nicolas Kirkwood Maeva sandals in silver.

Elsewhere, keeping it more low-key but no less stunning was Natalie Portman, who wore a column-shaped strapless red gown.

The bust of the classic garment was cut in a sweetheart style, the body of the dress clinging to her slight curves before falling straight down.

Date night: Natalie Portman was joined by husband Benjamin Millepied on the red carpet at the La Tete Haute, wowing in a chic, classy and simple - but effective - red column gown with a sweetheart neckline

Natalie Portman was joined by husband Benjamin Millepied on the red carpet at the La Tete Haute, wowing in a chic, classy and simple – but effective – red column gown with a sweetheart neckline


Slender beauty: The 33-year-old wasn't at all fazed by the lenses pointing at her, as she proudly showed off her trim figure encased in the stunning scarlet red dress
The 33-year-old wasn’t at all fazed by the lenses pointing at her, as she proudly showed off her trim figure encased in the stunning scarlet red dress
One for the photo album? Natalie and Ben showed they have their couple posing style nailed as they soaked up the atmosphere while working the cameras
One for the photo album? Natalie and Ben showed they have their couple posing style nailed as they soaked up the atmosphere while working the cameras

The 33-year-old – who walked the red carpet with her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied -wore her mid-length brunette tresses in the sleekest of styles, slicked back in a glossy ‘do, lightly curling up at the ends.

And Sienna Miller followed suit in a primary colour dress: the member of the Cannes jury rocked the perfect black tie attire in a midnight blue one-shouldered gown.

With a style similar to Naomi’s, the 33-year-old British actress wore her blonde mane in a pushed-back style with a lift at the roots, but added a dash of colour with a scarlet red lipstick.

Blue-tiful: Member of the jury for 2015 Sienna Miller graced the red carpet in a midnight blue gown, which sat close to her svelte curves and was finished with an asymmetric shoulder Blue-tiful: Member of the jury for 2015 Sienna Miller graced the red carpet in a midnight blue gown, which sat close to her svelte curves and was finished with an asymmetric shoulder

Great from all angles: Thanks to the 360-degree nature of the red carpet, Sienna was able to show off her figure-hugging frock from the back as well as the front as she hugged her co-jurors
Thanks to the 360-degree nature of the red carpet, Sienna was able to show off her figure-hugging frock from the back as well as the front as she hugged her co-jurors
Stunning display: The jurors lined up for several great shots as they walked the red carpet at the debut movie premiere and opening ceremony, working an overall dark colour palette... apart from singer/songwriter Rokia Traore (fourth from right) in her scarlet red gown
The jurors lined up for several great shots as they walked the red carpet at the debut movie premiere and opening ceremony, working an overall dark colour palette… apart from singer/songwriter Rokia Traore (fourth from right) in her scarlet red gown
Getting ready for the role: Sienna looked on as she was flanked by Ethan Coen (left) and Xavier Dolan, ahead of their 11-day stint as jurors - they'll have to decide on the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or prize on 24 May
Sienna looked on as she was flanked by Ethan Coen (left) and Xavier Dolan, ahead of their 11-day stint as jurors – they’ll have to decide on the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or prize on 24 May Telling a joke? Jake appeared to assume the role of jury joker as he pulled a face while chatting to jury President Joel Coen, as Sienna looked on in interest
Close pals: Sienna looked to have made an impression on her fellow jurors Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and French-Canadian actor and director Xavier Dolan (right) as they posed for the cameras
Sienna looked to have made an impression on her fellow jurors Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and French-Canadian actor and director Xavier Dolan (right) as they posed for the cameras
The esteemed members of the jury: Sienna Miller (centre) wowed in a midnight blue gown as she joined her fellow Cannes jurors at the first premiere of the festival
Sienna Miller (centre) wowed in a midnight blue gown as she joined her fellow Cannes jurors at the first premiere of the festival

She joined her fellow members of the jury as they made their way up the iconic red carpet at the steps of the iconic Cannes landmark, all of them giggling and clearly enjoying a rapport that will no doubt intensify as the days and judging wear on.

Looking particularly dapper was Sienna’s fellow judge Jake Gyllenhaal, working a black tuxedo.

The two appear to have struck up quite the rapport: as well as giggling away at the official juror’s photo call on Wednesday afternoon, they showed off their friendship status at the opening ceremony too, chatting away among the others.

A venue to put the others to shame: The Grand Theatre Lumiere at the Palais des Festivals is perhaps the most iconic cinema ever, and houses the top movie premieres during the Cannes Film Festival year after year
The Grand Theatre Lumiere at the Palais des Festivals is perhaps the most iconic cinema ever, and houses the top movie premieres during the Cannes Film Festival year after year Lining up to get the winning shot: Cannes draws in hundreds of photographers from around the world year after year, each of them clamoring to get the best photos
Walk of fame: The female guests certainly put on an impressive show with their extraordinary and colourful gowns - socialite Hofit Golan (front) led the way in her vintage-inspired number
The female guests certainly put on an impressive show with their extraordinary and colourful gowns – socialite Hofit Golan (front) led the way in her vintage-inspired number

Also taking to the red carpet were the other jurors: Sophie Marceau, Xavier Dolan, Rokia Traore and Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, as well as jury presidents Ethan and Joel Coen.

This year Julianne is at the star-studded event in her role as a L’Oreal Paris ambassador with the beauty no doubt top of the guest list for the week’s best parties.

And, on Wednesday night during the opening ceremony, she was given the prestigious Best Actress award for her role in Maps To The Stars, a prize she was revealed as the winner at last year’s ceremony.

Winner! For the second year in a row, Julianne Moore was awarded the Best Actress prize during the Cannes opening ceremony, picking up her prize from last year's Maps To The Stars
Winner! For the second year in a row, Julianne Moore was awarded the Best Actress prize during the Cannes opening ceremony, picking up her prize from last year’s Maps To The Stars
Up on stage: The opening ceremony saw the jurors take centre stage as they welcomed the Hollywood elite to the festival
The opening ceremony saw the jurors take centre stage as they welcomed the Hollywood elite to the festival Showstopper: Earlier in the day, Sienna had kept it chic and classy in a Balenciaga gown at the juror’s photo call, but she upped up the elegance for the evening event in her slinky gown

This follows her slew of awards season success this year, for her role as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice: she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA among many others.

The Oscar winner can next be seen in Freeheld, playing a police lieutenant who is diagnosed with cancer. Ellen Page portrays her lover in the film, due out in October.

She’s also also reprising her role as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two, which will be released in November.

Green goddess: Lupita Nyong'o made an incredible statement as she arrived on the red carpet in her mint coloured Gucci gown
Lupita Nyong’o made an incredible statement as she arrived on the red carpet in her mint coloured Gucci gown
Details, darling! The Oscar winner's hair was worn up and secured in place with a couple of diamond encrusted alice bands which were set against very elegant diamond drop earrings
The Oscar winner’s hair was worn up and secured in place with a couple of diamond encrusted alice bands which were set against very elegant diamond drop earrings

Meanwhile Naomi’s latest film Sea Of Trees is competing for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize at the 68th annual festival. The film from Gus Van Sant also stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe with the tale of survival shot in Massachusetts and Japan.

The A-list were out in force for the premiere of La Tete Haute on Wednesday – the movie centres on a young delinquent as he comes of age.

Starring Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel the film is slated for release on Thursday after it’s showing at Cannes.

It was an incredibly fashionable evening, even for Cannes, which is renowned for its prominence in the fashion arena, rivalling the likes of events such as the Met Gala and the Oscars.

Models unite: (L-R) Bar Refaeli, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes led the model pack as they each wore similar white cut-out ensembles Models unite: (L-R) Bar Refaeli, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes led the model pack as they each wore similar white cut-out ensembles

They've got it! Doutzen looked ravishing in a body-skimming white gown, while model Liya Kebede showed off her legs in a little metallic number

Proving her model prowess: Beautiful 22-year-old Victoria's Secret star Karlie oozed sex appeal with almost her full legs on show in a very racy, high thigh-split dress in shimmering silver and white

A true star: Karlie may not be an actress but she sure has her red carpet posing style down-pat, working the cameras into a frenzy as she posed this way and that, her legs on display as well as her perfect pout

She's in fashion: Doutzen, 30, showed off her enviable svelte frame in her figure-hugging white gown, her shapely derriere acting as the main event

Three's a crowd: Doutzen was joined by her handsome and incredibly suave husband DJ Sunnery James, and they were also inadvertently accompanied by accidental photobomber, model Liya Kebede (left)

Raising the Bar: Model Refaeli showed off her super fit and enviable physique in a part-fitted, part-draped white gown, that invoked a Grecian aesthetic Raising the Bar: Model Refaeli showed off her super fit and enviable physique in a part-fitted, part-draped white gown, that invoked a Grecian aesthetic

She's expecting: Noemié Lenoir displayed her baby bump in a canary yellow gown that skimmed loosely over her pregnancy figure while posing up a storm She's expecting: Noemié Lenoir displayed her baby bump in a canary yellow gown that skimmed loosely over her pregnancy figure while posing up a storm

Wow factor: Socialite and TV presenter Hofit Golan gave it her all in perhaps the biggest dress of Wednesday night
Socialite and TV presenter Hofit Golan gave it her all in perhaps the biggest dress of Wednesday night
Tough competition: But Hofit had a rival in actress Leila Bekhti, who also plumped for an oversized frock, worthy of a Disney princess
But Hofit had a rival in actress Leila Bekhti, who also plumped for an oversized frock, worthy of a Disney princess
Easy does it: Thanks to the large structure of her all-white gown, Leila needed a hand walking up the flight of steps 
Thanks to the large structure of her all-white gown, Leila needed a hand walking up the flight of steps

Lovely in lilac: Actress and ex Bond girl Jane Seymour went for a fetching floral display in her waterfall hem dress, as she waved at onlookers with a flourish

Bond-ing exercise? The gorgeous actress, 64, attended on the arm of director Michael Damian (centre), who worked with Jane on the movie High Strung, as well as his wife Bond-ing exercise? The gorgeous actress, 64, attended on the arm of director Michael Damian (centre), who worked with Jane on the movie High Strung, as well as his wife

A true star: The legendary Isabella Rossellini worked a beautiful white and red caped gown as she made her way into the GrandTheatre Lumiere
The legendary Isabella Rossellini worked a beautiful white and red caped gown as she made her way into the GrandTheatre Lumiere

Leading star: Catherine Deneuve stole the show in a black and vibrant pink gown as she made the way into the theatre for the premiere of her movie La Tete Haute (Standing Tall)

The skirt section was pleated and made up of diaphanous fabric, which flew in the air as the Oscar winner made her way inside the venue.

Elsewhere, models traded the catwalk for the red carpet, as the likes of Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede and Bar Refaeli attended the opening ceremony.

If there was a prize on the night for the most colourful look, that would go to Noemié Lenoir.

The French model and actress, currently pregnant with her second child, showed off her prominent baby bump as she arrived on the coastal resort’s Croisette shortly after proceedings got underway.

Noemié, 35, looked stunning in a fresh, vibrant yellow halter neck gown with a sleeveless detail that enabled her to show off her nicely toned arms while posing for the obligatory series of photos at the opening night screening of Standing Tall.

Also arriving were the actors and those who worked on the movie of the night,  La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), including leading actress Catherine Deneuve, the film’s director Emmanuelle Bercot, stars Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot and Benoit Magimel, as well as French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin.

Their big moment: (L-R) French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin joined Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot, Emmanuelle Bercot, Catherine Deneuve and Benoit Magimel at the screening of La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) and the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday
(L-R) French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin joined Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot, Emmanuelle Bercot, Catherine Deneuve and Benoit Magimel at the screening of La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) and the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday
Taking gardening tips? Chinese actress Gong Li took inspiration from nature in her oversized green, pink and yellow floral gown, that fell behind her in a huge train as she walked
Chinese actress Gong Li took inspiration from nature in her oversized green, pink and yellow floral gown, that fell behind her in a huge train as she walked
The French contingent: Actress Emmanuelle Devos and actor Guillaume Gallienne went for similar black and white ensembles as they rounded off the red carpet
Actress Emmanuelle Devos and actor Guillaume Gallienne went for similar black and white ensembles as they rounded off the red carpet

Ocean colour theme: Actresses Marie Gillain (left) and Frederique Bel went for gorgeous full-length gowns, inspired by all things nautical

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