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RED-CARPET STYLE

When it comes to going glam, she’s the mouse who roars, pulling out edgy designers and accessorizing with ease. It’s the rare red-carpet stumble for this new mom.

REAL STYLE

A big fan of flip-flop fashion, the 25-year-old actress prefers young, laid-back gear when she’s off-screen.

REEL STYLE

as Alma

No room for fab as the poor-but-intuitive wife of Heath Ledger’s Ennis. Her character’s clothes echo the life of a struggling working mother of two in Wyoming.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

NOMINATION: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

REEL STYLE

as June Carter

Embodying the country singer was no stretch for the Louisiana-born Witherspoon. The biggest challenge was her switch to brunette: “When you change your hair color, it’s hard to find something to wear.”

RED-CARPET STYLE

The 29-year-old actress is a style straight-arrow, rarely veering far from simple fashion with feminine touches from big-name designers. She also prefers formfitting pieces, which add a little sizzle to her sweet.

REAL STYLE

The mother of two is classic and practical when it comes to her streetwear. Her outfits are young and accessible whether she’s running errands in heels or picking up her kids in track pants and sneakers.

REESE WITHERSPOON
NOMINATION: BEST ACTRESS, WALK THE LINE

RED-CARPET STYLE

The most downtown-looking of the bunch, Knightley is equally at home in uptown gowns and dresses. Her selections are sophisticated and mature, but she still keeps her youthful vibe.

REAL STYLE

Her funky fashion choices run the gamut from boyish to pretty. With her versatile choppy locks, the 20-year-old British actress pulls off punk or pixie looks with equal amounts of success.

REEL STYLE

as Elizabeth Bennet

From Pirates of the Caribbean to King Arthur, Knightley knows her way around a costume drama. Her turn here as a clever girl in plain-Jane clothes lets her acting skills—and killer bone structure—shine through.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY
NOMINATION: BEST ACTRESS, PRIDE & PREJUDICE

REEL STYLE

as Bree Probably the most dramatic of the nominees’ transformations. She inhabited—and dressed—the role of a man who wants to be a woman with such accuracy that “my 2-year-old cried when she saw me,” Huffman has said.

RED-CARPET STYLE

“I always feel like someone’s gonna come up and go, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?! You’re not pretty or glamorous or thin!'” the actress has said of getting dolled up for Hollywood events.

REAL STYLE

When she’s not playing a slightly frazzled working mother on television’s Desperate Housewives, she plays one off-screen, and her wardrobe fits her busy lifestyle. Huffman, 43, puts high fashion in the backseat, behind her kids.

FELICITY HUFFMAN

NOMINATION: BEST ACTRESS, TRANSAMERICA

RED-CARPET STYLE

Few rival Theron when it comes to award- show fashion. Hers is a “timeless glamour,” says her stylist Lisa Michelle Boyd. “It’s about the night and how she’s feeling and what looks right on her.”

REAL STYLE

Sleek and stylish even when she’s running errands, the 30-year-old is a bit of a chameleon off-screen too, trading easy togs for designer jeans. “She’s into fashion but not trends,” adds Boyd. “She just buys pieces she loves.”

REEL STYLE

as Josey Aimes It’s dingy coveralls and helmets for Theron, who plays an iron miner in Minnesota’s North Country during the 1980s. We’ve seen Theron undergo this kind of metamorphosis before (Monster), and it won her an Oscar.

CHARLIZE THERON
NOMINATION: BEST ACTRESS, NORTH COUNTRY