The Top 20 Best Dressed Celebs at the 2012 Oscars
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From Gwyneth Paltrow's caped perfection to Cameron Diaz's fitted gold number, the 2012 Oscars were a sartorial sea of decadent dresses. We picked the best 50 looks from the evening and put them head-to-head in a fashion faceoff game then turned it over to StyleBistro readers. Here are the top results!
20. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
Sandra Bullock's gilded number at the 2010 Academy Awards is hard to top, but the funny gal made a valiant effort in this black-and-white gown. With the luxe gold detailing and a sexy draped back, it's no surprise this elegant look made the cut.
19. Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
Octavia Spencer has had quite the fashionable award season. The star nabbed Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help and looked elegant on the red carpet and stage. She had one of the best looks of the evening in this figure-flattering beaded gown.
18. Penelope Ann Miller in Badgley Mischka
Penelope Ann Miller may be a relative unknown, but her look at the 2012 Oscars might give her some fashion credit. Readers loved her retro-inspired gown, especially paired with playful accessories like a delicate headband and glitzy drop earrings.
17. Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
You never know what you're going to get with Jessica Chastain in the style department. To our delight, the actress looked like a gold goddess in this imperial Alexander McQueen creation. The intricate embroidery paired with tousled curls made for red carpet perfection.
16. Rooney Mara in Givenchy
We were glad to see Rooney Mara ditch the moody black frocks for the big night. The breakout star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the center of attention in a mermaid gown by Givenchy. Blunt bangs and a red pout added rocker edge to the otherwise feminine look.
15. Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab
It was no surprise Berenice Bejo chose an Elie Saab gown, considering the starlet was seated front and center at the designer's recent couture runway show. Saab's ultra-feminine collection was a resounding hit, with Berenice looking minty fresh in the opulent beaded gown.
14. Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel
No doubt about it, Kristin Wiig loves her neutral hues. While some of her past red carpet choices have been fashion misses, the funny gal's J. Mendel gown at this year's Oscars was a hit. Come spring, we'll be replicating this tiered ruffled confection faster than you she can say "Scorsese."
13. Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Michelle Williams's coral dress was a favorite among the StyleBistro editors and readers alike. The peplum detailing and whimsical bow brooch stood out to make the look a favorite. If only we could pull off that adorable pixie cut.
12. Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
We knew this Marchesa gown was destined for the red carpet the second we spotted it on the runway. George Clooney's sexy girlfriend looked absolutely dynamic. The sculpted detailing perfectly played up her statuesque figure, while the gold sheen worked nicely with her glowing complexion.
11. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli
After Emma Stone's uh-mazing Golden Globes Lanvin gown, we couldn't wait to see what the fashion newcomer would wear to the Oscars. Fans loved Emma's bright red gown, even if she did look a bit like a perfectly wrapped Christmas present.
10. Natalie Portman in Vintage Christian Dior
Critics were divided on Natalie Portman's polka dot gown, but our readers were clearly fans of the crimson look. On a night rife with extravagantly beaded gowns, we admire her for wearing an understated vintage dress.
9. Li Bingbing in Georges Chakra Couture
Li Bingbing's white gown was goddess-like. Fashion critics went gaga over the textured detailing and subtle sheer panels. She wisely kept her accessories simple, adding a touch of shine with a simple cuff bracelet.
8. Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
No stranger to fashion controversy (see also: That infamous Versace gown from the 2000 Grammys), Jennifer Lopez showed off her curves in this fitted number. Of course, it came complete with a plunging neckline. This dress was so sexy it sparked a rumors of a nip slip while the singer presented on stage!
7. Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward
Further proving that Tinseltown is in the throes of a retro moment, Giuliana Rancic turned on the glamor in this sensational gown. The dress simply oozed Old Hollywood style. Paired with a sleek 'do, it's no surprise diamond-adorned look made the top ten.
6. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
We get it, Angelina Jolie—your dress has a thigh-high slit. While we were hoping she would wear color, the princess of darkness chose a dramatic black gown that showed off her famous figure. Angie's exposed leg was such a hot topic that it now has its own Twitter account.
5. Maria Menounos in Maria Lucia Hohan
StyleBistro guest editor Maria Menounos has a special place in our hearts. The Access Hollywood hostess showed off her oh-so-fit figure in this draped chiffon gown that revealed just the right amount of skin with its peekaboo bodice.
4. Penelope Cruz in Armani Privé
Penelope Cruz always tops the Best Dressed lists and the Spanish starlet did it again in this periwinkle frock by Armani Privé. The off-the-shoulder detailing combined with the retro waves were Grace Kelly-esque perfection.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
As soon as Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the red carpet, style critics hailed the daring look as the one to beat. The caped Tom Ford gown would have been overwhelming on a less seasoned star, but it was the perfect bold look for the queen of GOOP.
2. Cameron Diaz in Gucci
StyleBistro readers were completely in love with Cameron Diaz's pale gold frock and we can see why. The actress looked fresh and youthful in this fitted Gucci gown. The cascading ruffles added just the right touch of glamor.
1. Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab
Milla Jovovich was the night's fashion dark horse. Beating out the biggest stars in this white beaded dress by Elie Saab, the model-turned-actress looked heavenly in this one-shoulder gown. Milla kept the look fresh with a short curly 'do and bright red pout.
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