And, there you have it, folks. Following months of awards shows, accolades, and red-carpet parades, the Oscars telecast was the final skate (if you will) for Hollywood's A-listers. And, after all that time spent practicing for a killer show? Call us score inflators, but we're giving many of the starlets 10s across the board.
From daredevils with color to iconoclasts with shape, a few actresses took the opportunity to put the same kind of thought and fearlessness into their red-carpet style as they did their roles. So, while we understand that looking glamorous, impossibly tall, and expensively skinny was probably what more than a few attendees were going for, we were also interested in the women who looked like paragons of confidence. So, we rounded up a list of the actresses who managed to master a perfect blend of elegance, fearlessness, and stylish spunk. Ahead, see the leading ladies who really brought something worth talking about to the red carpet.
The red carpet ladies gave good face, too. Click here for our roundup of the best beauty looks from The Oscars.
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Jennifer Lawrence — Between this and her SAG Awards gown, Jennifer Lawrence continues to be Dior’s best advertisement for the column dress. On Lawrence, the simplest of silhouettes is confident, commanding, and dignified — just the thing to help you recover from, say, another Oscars slip. J Lawr: tripping her way into our hearts since 2013!
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Lupita Nyong’o — For a woman who always favors solid-colored dresses, Nyong’o is never not surprising on the red carpet, with full looks that feel epic each and every time. This low-cut, baby-blue Prada gown might have been simple, but its dramatic skirt and quirky, gold Fred Leighton jewels made it anything but basic.
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Emma Watson — Some young stars get so gussied up for the big day that they end up looking 10 years older than their age. But, no chignon or fussy gown for Emma Watson, whose sporty Vera Wang dress, Anya Hindmarch clutch, and charmingly undone ‘do looked fresh and young without being unsophisticated. Watson also makes the best possible case for athletic-inspired evening wear: Who knew a glittery muscle tee could look so right for the red carpet?
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Cate Blanchett — We choose one statement jewel — earrings, a necklace, a ring — and make it count. But, Cate Blanchett wears a statement jewel, an Armani Privé dress, and then tops it with stunning earrings. Yep, that’s just the kind of next-level, perfectly on-point ensemble we couldn’t look away from.
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Sandra Bullock — While Bullock isn’t known as a sartorial trailblazer (the day we see her in a neon pantsuit on the red carpet will be a strange one indeed), she might have one of the best track records out there in terms of always looking gorgeous. In a navy, strapless Alexander McQueen gown, the starlet’s side-twisted, gathered dress channeled old-world glamour in a slick, pared-down way.
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Karen O — Leave it to Karen O to save a silhouette that could have gone so Ursula the Sea Witch. Instead, her slinky, black dress by Camilla Stærk and Forevermark diamonds channeled pure, old-Hollywood glam. Also, three cheers for not altering her usual beauty look one bit — it ain’t Ms. O. unless she’s blinking bangs.
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Anne Hathaway — Last year, Anne Hathaway’s appearance on the red carpet was everywhere. But, this year, what it lacked in quantity, it delivered in quality. And, this Gucci creation is proof. The silver bodice really takes the cake and adds the perfect amount of glistening sparkle that we always look for on Oscar night.
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Amy Adams — Listen, we know we’ve said before that some red-carpet stars have one foot on the safety brake when it comes to outfit choice. But, with that said, some looks deserve an applause for being so simple, clean, lovely, and effortless — yes, Amy Adams, we mean your Gucci number. With the exception of her neckline flap, there’s really nothing frilly here. But, those Tiffany earrings? EVERYTHING.
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Camila Alves — She may not be winning a Best Supporting Actress award this year. But, for being the ever-supporting and chic spouse on the red carpet, there’s really no competition for Camila Alves. This pastel, caped, Gabriela Cadena number is just the latest example and nothing short of Hollywood-royalty worthy.
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Margot Robbie — From the front, the black Saint Laurent gown's rhinestone-encrusted bodice was definitely pretty, but from the back, the slightly offbeat-feeling bow and cutouts gave us chills. It’s one of those “hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave” situations and sets the mood for the new glamour-goth look Robbie’s working with these days. And, the Forevermark diamonds make for a perfect, understated add-on.
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Sally Hawkins — Yes, this Valentino dress is a tad too big, a tad too embellished, and a tad too much, but that’s kind of why we love it. It’s Madonna-meets-Balmain, and it almost feels punk rock. We’ve got to call her out for sparking some of the more interesting fashion conversations we had tonight. Who knew a long-sleeved, beaded gown could be this provocative?
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Bette Midler — At a young 68 years old, Bette Midler kills it in a fitted Reem Acra creation covered in red lace. Plus, an all-nude layer beneath, thankyouverymuch. And, while it’s usually her voice that makes us stand at attention, this look gives her famous belt some serious competition. Now, that’s a first.
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Portia de Rossi — Portia is the yin to wife Ellen DeGeneres’ blue-velvet, rhinestone-studded, untied-tie-collared yang, and her Naeem Khan halter dress was slick and classic in the way that Ellen’s was fun and new. The crocheted-looking, white-sheer gown had a vintage appeal that feels so refreshing for the red carpet.
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Olivia Wilde — Baby in the front, party in the back! While Olivia Wilde may be one half of the most (almost) unbearably adorable Hollywood couple around, she's also become quite an aficionado of dressing a growing belly. The peek-of-white train on this Valentino frock really seals the deal for us.
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Lady Gaga — To be completely honest, we weren't exactly sure what Gaga was doing at the Oscars. She didn't present, perform, or receive a nomination. But, if she showed up just to be a fixture of the red carpet and steal some major spotlight from the other attendees in this dazzling Atelier Versace dress and scarf, well, that's fine by us, too.
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Charlize Theron — The Oscar winner is one of those ladies who can wear a potato sack and we'll think it's couture. So, it's no wonder that Theron was a vision at last night's event. Thankfully, she opted for a Dior gown with illusion straps, so it looked like the dress just magically floated on the actress' body.