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Top 10 Best Dressed at the Oscars

By Ingrie Williams on February 27, 2012
Awards and Festivals, Fashion in Film

Michelle Williams arrives at the 84th annual Academy Awards (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Oh, what a night!

Billy was back in fine form (hooray!), suits swooped from the sky (merci, Cirque) and films from two vastly different genres (The Artist and Scorcese’s Hugo) walked away with a whopping five statues each.

But the real action took place on the red carpet. And there was no better way to stand out against it than in a light coloured dress. Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lopez, Milla Jovovitch, Gwyneth Paltrow and winner Octavia Spencer all wore white. One-shoulder designs and peplum details were also notably popular. From Jessica Chastain to Tina Fey, the ladies certainly gave us lots to look at - which can't be said for the gents. Tux after similar tux became a bit of a snooze fest, where's RGos when you need him?!

Thankfully, one homegrown senior citizen (surprise!) managed to out-chic the rest to round out on our Top 10 Best Dressed List at this year's Oscars.

Get the full Oscar story, including photo galleries and winners' reactions, right HERE.


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#10 ELLIE KEMPER


Whoa! Love it when a little known name makes a big style play. Well done, Ellie Kemper, this is the way to rule the red carpet for your first Oscars appearance! The Bridesmaids cast mate hit the jackpot with an Armani Privé shimmering copper gown that perfectly complemented her auburn tresses for monochromatic amazingness.



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#9  ROONEY MARA

Admittedly we haven't been blown away by Rooney Mara's penchant for severe black get ups, but we were diggin' The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's 180-degree turn towards the light. The Givenchy frock was still very 'her' in its dramatic architectural tailoring, and the contrast of the creamy colour with her glossy inky 'do seemed even more edgy. It's a modern day Snow White, in a good way.



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#8 CAMERON DIAZ

Presenting for best costume design, Cameron Diaz wowed in a Gucci gown that was simple on top, striking at the bottom and drop dead gorgeous all around. It was a combination of structure, sparkle and ruffles that showcased her famous figure, and her breezy side-swept bob kept the whole effect effortless. This is one Bad Teacher to take style lessons from.



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#7 JESSICA CHASTAIN

A stunning red carpet appearance, like life, is all about balance. Jessica Chastain, star of The Help and nominee for Best Supporting Actress, knows this oh too well. Tha's why she sported a luxuriously ornate bronze and black Alexander McQueen gown, and topped it off with a carefree half-up hairdo. And that's why she's on this list.



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#6 TINA FEY

Man alive, Liz Lemon can really clean up nice! Tina Fey, who presented for film editing alongside Bradley Cooper, was nothing but pure class in Carolina Herrera. The strapless floor sweeping dress hinted at Old Hollywood glamour, while the peplum detail is so spring 2012. Appearing elegant and trendy can be tricky, but she nailed it.


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#5 CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

At 82 years old, Christopher Plummer not only won Best Supporting Actor, he also schooled the young fellas (i.e. everyone else, besides Max von Sydow) in how to look like a leading man. In his navy velvet blazer and bow tie, the Beginners star embodied a truly dapper gent from head to toe, and left Clooney and Pitt in the dust.



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#4 EMMA STONE

There's a reason why The Help's Emma Stone is our girl crush. Not only does she have incredible comedic timing (her co-presenter banter with Ben Stiller was best in show), but girlfriend also has impeccable fashion sense! Her boldly coloured Giambattista Valli gown and major jewels were avant-garde, without being weird, and totally age appropriate. Swoon.



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#3 OCTAVIA SPENCER

When you win the most coveted award of the season, you wanna look your absolute best and Octavia Spencer did just that. The Best Supporting Actress winner for her work in The Help stayed true to Tadashi Shoji, her designer of choice, and looked divine in a draped, beaded short-sleeve confection. We also give her major style points for shattering the myth that curvy figures should only wear darker hues.



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#2 MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Michelle Williams didn't beat Meryl for the Best Actress golden statue, but she was certainly the night's most memorable lady in red. Or coral. The My Week with Marilyn star shone in a strapless tiered Louis Vuitton gown. The colour, texture and shape (peplum, plus mermaid skirt) made for a lot of dress, but it worked well on her gamine frame. A minimalist approach to accessories didn't hurt either.



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#1 GWYNETH PALTROW

White Hot best describes presenter Gwyneth Paltrow's look. Her white Tom Ford cap sleeve column dress was extremely simple and incredibly chic. But her arrival ensemble on the red carpet, which was complete with a cape, caused an audible gasp among fashion lovers around the globe. No contest here, she smoked the competition in this one.

Over to you - who rocked the Oscar red carpet? Share your thoughts below.

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