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The Showdown: Naomi Watts in 2013 vs. Anne Hathaway in 2009
The Editor’s Pick: Anne Hathaway
Who Made the Call?: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor
Why She Chose It:
Disclaimer: This decision was almost as difficult as picking out my wedding dress. Okay, maybe not quite as difficult, but just know I took it very seriously. So before you Hath-a-hate all over my choice, hear me out. Yes, both actresses are stunning in their Armani Privé designs. Yes, both have the high-shine, metallic thing going on. And yes, both look out of this world. But Anne has something Naomi doesn’t have: vintage appeal.
The circular paillettes, pearly iridescent color and the mermaid silhouette are just so Old Hollywood. There’s something about the gown that feels really timeless and special and makes it impossible to divert your gaze. (When the actress walked across the carpet — watch here — I almost felt as if she were floating. (And for the record, I don’t think she’s ever smiled so big.) Plus, the Swarovski crystal detailing on the bodice perfectly matches her subtle Cartier jewels.
Naomi’s dress, while gorgeous, has a much more trend-focused feel. It’s the kind of thing I love now, but I could see myself being not quite as enamored of in a couple years. It just doesn’t have the style staying power of Anne’s strapless design. (That said, if we were weighing in on the Best Oscars Gown Neckline, I’d be casting a different vote.)
Voting is now closed but click here to see who came out on top — and to weigh in on today’s matchup: Michelle Williams vs. Keira Knightley!