50 Amazing Oscar Looks We're Still Obsessed With

There are those of us who can explain the nuances of Eddie Redmayne's performance in The Theory of Everything, and will happily break down which films had the best editing, sound, and cinematography. Then, there are those of us who haven't seen a single nominated film except for Gone Girl, but can rattle off every designer Nicole Kidman has ever donned on the red carpet, in chronological order. This Oscars post is for the latter group. 

If your sole reason for watching the Oscars this weekend is to catch up on the pretty, pretty dresses, consider this the ultimate refresher to red carpet highlights. Celebrities may not always get it right, but when they do, they hit it out of the freaking park. And, yes, we're lobbying for the Academy to recognize Michelle Williams simply for her contributions to the best-dressed list. 

Click through for some of the biggest, boldest, most beautiful Oscar looks of all time. Here's to those who dared to push the envelope. Let's see if we can keep it up on Sunday. 

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Jessica Chastain, 2012

The Zero Dark Thirty star's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown exuded dark romance.
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Kate Winslet, 1996

Pink-on-pink Vivienne Westwood? No wonder Kate looks so delighted.
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Sidney Poitier, 1963

The acting legend makes a case for white tie and tails.
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Kate Hudson, 2014

The actress channeled Old Hollywood glamour in her shimmering Atelier Versace creation.
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Photo: Dave Lewis/REX USA.
Claire Danes, 1997

Danes proved that separates can be beautiful on the red carpet. We still love her baby-blue cashmere-top-and-skirt combo from Narciso Rodriguez.
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Emma Watson, 2014

Did Danes inspire Watson to rock this winning combination from Vera Wang last year? That metallic top needs to come out more.
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Photo: Joyce Silverstein/REX USA.
Madonna And Michael Jackson, 1991

Only the Queen and King of Pop could get away with these delightfully OTT ensembles.
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Photo: Dave Lewis/REX USA.
Nicole Kidman, 1997

The John Galliano for Christian Dior dress that introduced chartreuse into our everyday lexicon.
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Photo: Dave Lewis/REX USA.
Courtney Love, 1997

Remember that time Love showed up to the Oscars looking like a goddess with her Versace dress and baby bangs? It was a good day.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Jared Leto, 2014

That red bow tie is everything.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Mila Kunis, 2011

Fact: We still fantasize about this lilac-hued Elie Saab gown.
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Photo: Richard Young/Rex USA.
Susan Sarandon, 1996

Matching your dress to your hair? Genius. This copper gown is a Dolce & Gabbana design.
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Photo: Picture Perfect/REX USA.
Octavia Spencer, 2012

Spencer's sparkling number proved so popular that designer Tadashi Shoji created an affordable, off-the-rack option for brides.
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Photo: NIVIERE/REX USA.
Angelina Jolie, 2012

Before there was #LeftShark, there was #RightLeg. Still, you have to admit that Jolie's velvet Versace is smokin'.
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Quvenzhané Wallis, 2013

Nothing goes with Giorgio Armani quite like a puppy purse.
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Photo: Picture Perfect/REX USA.
Glenn Close, 2012

Close was a total knockout in this straight-off-the-runway hunter-green Zac Posen creation.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Lupita Nyong'o, 2014

Last year's Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Dress. Will it be Prada again on Sunday night?
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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

Gwyneth's pink Ralph Lauren was perfectly princessy.
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Charlize Theron, 2000

The South African star scored with vintage waves and a coral-orange Vera Wang dress.
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Tatum O'Neal, 1973

Crushed it, kid. Crushed. It.
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Natalie Portman, 2011

The pregnant Black Swan star highlighted her baby bump with Rodarte's stunning plum chiffon number.
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Amy Adams, 2014

Flawless tailoring and an intense shade of navy blue made Adams' Gucci Premiere gown a red carpet winner.
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Jennifer Lawrence, 2013

A Dior gown so dreamy, it was worth tripping up the steps.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Scarlett Johansson, 2011

You can thank Dolce & Gabbana for this magenta lace number. So divine.
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Photo: Peter Brooker/REX USA.
Meryl Streep, 2012

Nothing says, "I'm taking home that damn trophy" like a gold Lanvin dress.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/Rex USA.
Kerry Washington, 2013

With all due respect to Olivia Pope's go-to white wardrobe, we adore a pop of color on the red carpet. This Miu Miu remains a standout.
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Anne Hathaway, 2013

Hathaway's last-minute switch to this pale-pink Prada gown sparked so much drama. For what it's worth, we thought she looked fantastic.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Joanne Woodward, 1958

Woodward made this stunning emerald gown with her own two hands. Impressed.
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Photo: Peter Brooker/Rex USA.
Cameron Diaz, 2002

Cam's floral-print Ungaro dress was a risk that paid off. Basic is boring.
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Photo: E Goodenough/REX USA.
Michelle Williams, 2006

Williams clinched her style-icon status with this marigold Vera Wang.
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Cher, 1986

Don't be so harsh. If you had those abs, you'd consider wearing the same thing.
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Reese Witherspoon, 2007

Will Reese's dress this weekend top the beauty of her Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci creation?
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Julia Roberts, 2001

Roberts went with a black-and-white Valentino for her big day. Flawless.
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Julianne Moore, 2003

We've got our fingers crossed that Moore re-creates this Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche look on Sunday.
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Halle Berry, 2002

Berry by name, berry by dress. The actress dared to bare in this bold Elie Saab dress.
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Photo: REX USA.
Celine Dion, 1999

This backwards John Galliano tuxedo is unconventional, sure, but there's a lot to be said for fashion risk-taking.
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Photo: SNAP/REX USA.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1956

We need that tiara.
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Jennifer Lopez, 2003

A mint-green Valentino dress helped Lopez channel Elizabeth Taylor.
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Barbra Streisand, 1969

Babs' sheer Scaasi was so bonkers it was brilliant.
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Anna Paquin, 1994

That jaunty beret. We can't deal with the cuteness.
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z, 2005

Bey did black velvet Atelier Versace way before Angelina.
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Sharon Stone, 1998

You, too, can whip up an amazing Oscars look out of a Vera Wang skirt and your husband's white Gap shirt.
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Tilda Swinton, 2008

It's Tilda Swinton in one-sleeved Lanvin. Just go with it.
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Grace Kelly, 1955

Famed costume designer Edith Head created this pale-blue masterpiece.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Penélope Cruz, 2007

This pale-pink Atelier Versace gown belongs in a fairy tale.
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Hilary Swank, 2005

An exposed back is so much chicer than cleavage, at least as far as this Guy Laroche dress is concerned.
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Renée Zellweger, 2003

The red shade of Zellweger's Carolina Herrera dress is just exquisite.
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Kate Winslet, 2002

Another ravishing red gown. This one's from designer Ben de Lisi.
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Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA.
Audrey Hepburn, 1954

Audrey in Givenchy for the win.
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Photo: Stewart Cook/REX USA.
Björk, 2001

Sorry, but we love it.
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