And the Oscar Goes To ……
By Jillian Bietz
The red carpet, flashing cameras, the legendary little gold statue; the ever so glamorous Academy Awards, one of the most anticipated nights of the year, has finally arrived! For nearly a century celebrities have been awarded for their achievements, and we regular folks are able to look back on the movies we loved and hated throughout the year. Nobody can deny the biggest part of the night is the clothes! Designer gowns, couture creations, multi-million dollars worth of jewels; the Oscar fashions are what everybody will be talking about by the water cooler the morning after!
In honor of the beloved ceremony's eightieth anniversary, let's take a look down memory lane back at some of the most memorable (but not in a swan frock or backward tuxedo kind of way!) gowns worn by Oscar winners winning in recent years.
Not only did Reese win for her performance in "Walk the Line" in 2006, she simply dazzled in a beaded vintage Dior dress. Though her preceding Oscar gown (who could forget the Nina Ricci layered purple crepe she wore in 2007!) was also a splendor, this look turned Reese from an adorable actress into an elegant leading lady. And unlike many other red carpet beauties, there was no stylist needed in creating this look. Reese purchased the gown by herself on a trip to Paris. Now that's one classy southern belle!
Though yellow is seldom seen on the red carpet, Cate looked stunning in this lush Valentino gown. And perhaps yellow is Ms. Blanchett's lucky color. Not only did she win the Oscar for her role in "The Aviator" that night, she has continued to sport yellow hues on red carpets worldwide. Yet with this gown's one strap, beautiful jeweled pin, and surprisingly contrasting maroon bow belt worn at the waist, it's obvious that Cate looked lovely in lemon.
Though this mom-to-be has sported some gorgeous gowns, the Elie Saab dress she wore to accept her Oscar award for her role in "Monsters Ball" will always be a fan favorite. Not only was it daring, the floral and sheer design put Halle on the map as a superb actress and fashionista- all in one evening!
Perhaps one of the most iconic dresses ever to be seen on the red carpet, Julia Roberts's Valentino gown continues to be coveted by many. Winning the award for her job in "Erin Brockovich," the black and white vintage gown continues to be coveted by many. With its classic yet chic appeal, Julia proved that, though contrary, black and white would always be the most popular hues.
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly ten years since Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar for her role in "Shakespeare in Love." And while the confectionary pink Ralph Lauren gown she wore to the ceremony was chosen last minute, the bubblegum princess dress and chic chignon will continue to have a tremendous impact on the young Hollywood crowd.
And for the wonderful opportunity which allows us all to enjoy these fabulous fashions-on behalf of all the style gurus everywhere, I'd like to thank…well, the academy!
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