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Raquel Welch played up her sex-kitten image at the 1972 ceremony in a plunging white gown with a daring center slit and metallic sandals. , who picked up the Best Actress trophy at the 2004 awards show, echoed the disco-glam style with a tan to match her Gucci dress.
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Grace Kelly (in 1955) and a Ralph Lauren-clad (in 1999) both show off the evening’s best dates – their Best Actress statues – in elegant pastel ballgowns and deep-parted platinum updos.
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NECK AND NECK
German actress Luise Rainer picked up her Best Actress win for 1937’s The Good Earth in a full-sleeved gown with a high neckline; Million Dollar Baby star (and Best Actress winner in 2005) Hilary Swank put a modern twist on her similarly high-necked Guy Laroche gown with a totally bare back.
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1930s screen queen Marlene Dietrich wore a striking, fitted column dress with a large bow detail and matching bolero to the 1951 Academy Awards ceremony, while fellow German knockout glided down the carpet in a glamorous red Galliano gown with similarly dramatic detailing in 2008.
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ROCK 'N' RETRO
Though Cher’s body-baring red carpet ensembles tend to get the most (negative) attention, the 1984 best supporting actress nominee (for Silkwood) wore an understated, shimmering gown – and let date Val Kilmer get tongues wagging. Over 25 years later, turned back time at the 2010 Oscars in a bell-sleeved, chevron-striped gown by Reem Acra that surely would have made the singer proud.
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Diane Keaton and demonstrate how power dressing looks equally good on a man – or in their case, a beautiful woman. While Keaton kept her white pantsuit all buttoned up at the 1976 ceremony, Jolie showed off her Lara Croft assets in a more skin-baring Dolce & Gabbana version at the 2001 awards.
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Always-stylish updated her classic ’50s-style Dior Haute Couture ballgown at the 2009 Academy Awards by wearing her hair long and wavy; actress Jane Wyman (a.k.a. the first Mrs. Ronald Reagan) showed the original version at the 1953 ceremony – complete with an updo and conservative jewelry.
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Cloris Leachman showed off her effortlessly sexy style in a black tank dress when she won Best Supporting Actress in 1972 for her role in The Last Picture Show; proved that a great black dress never goes out of style, wearing her Rochas version with similarly loose locks in 2006.
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Blonde bombshell Elke Sommer flaunted her figure at 1966’s Academy Awards in a spangled, cream one-shoulder gown and elaborate updo; a striking updated her look in Atelier Versace at the 2005 show, showing off every inch of her curve appeal.